Photo of The Week: End of Season

End Of Season  Posted To flickr September 16, 2016

These upturned Adirondack chairs on a small deck at the top of the barrier dune along the Outer Banks at Duck, North Carolina seemed to signal the end of the Summer Season in a very matter of fact way.  The Sea Oats which dot the sand dunes leave little doubt that this is a beach front scene.  The setting sun and low clouds in the background  put the finishing touch on the composition.  An hour or so later, I walked back up the beach to the scene and snapped another take as the sun dipped below the horizon giving the sky a spectacular pink and blue hue.

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Both shots were taken with a Nikon D800e camera and an 18-35mm lens.  Thanks for the visit and have a great week ahead. 

 

Photos Of The Week: The Outer Banks Takes A Hit from Hurricane Hermine

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The Eye of Hurricane Hermine passed right over Manteo on Saturday then made its way up the coast stalling off  the Virginia Capes bringing rough seas, rip tides and gale force winds to the Outer Banks across the Labor Day Weekend.  The shot above was taken Sunday Evening at Duck, North Carolina.

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Sunrise September 5th, Labor Day on the beach at Southern Shores, NC.T

The winds shifted to the West by Wednesday as skies cleared and the ocean began to calm down.  Lots of trees were blown down or broken but I didn’t see much structural damage at least along the Northern Banks.  Certainly not as big a hit as from Irene in 2011.   Thanks for the look and have a great week.

Photo Of the Week: Summer Tag Team

Summer Tag Team  Posted to Flickr August 20, 2016

Two yellow flutterbys swoon over a Van Gogh Sunflower. These big, tall blooms virtually light up the vegetable garden here on the farm. These smaller butterflies have the late afternoon swoon shift; the Tiger Swallowtails and the Monarchs do their thing around 10 in the morning.  This was taken in late afternoon light when it is a degree or so cooler but even at sunset, it is blistering hot here.  Hottest August any of us can remember. The Sunflowers could care less.  Have a great week and thanks for the visit. 

Photo Of The Week: Beach Heat

blogged August 14, 2016

The texture of the sand on the backside of this dune caught my eye on the beach at Emerald Isle.  It is very hot here with the heat index hovering near 120.  The Atlantic Ocean is a sauna with water temperature nearing 85 degrees.  How on earth that can be refreshing is beyond me but there are plenty of takers.  Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead.

August at Pine Knoll Shores

Summertime At The Beach Blogged August 7, 2016

Pine Knoll Shores is another of the small Beach Towns that dot the Bogue Banks between Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle, North Carolina.  The beach here is quite wide and is home to some of the prettiest Sea Oates I have seen along the entire  Outer Banks.  I shot this with the D800E Camera fitted with the 18-35mm wide angle lens.  I rather like the composition which manages to include all of the prime elements of what one would expect to find  along the coast of NC: Sea Oats, Sand Fences, a sprinkling of beach umbrellas, the almost white sand and of course the Atlantic.   It was a beautiful day with a few clouds but it was staggeringly hot. The heat index was right at 115. Thanks for the visit and have a great week ahead.

Photo of the Week: Standing Tall

Blogged 7/31/2016

A Van Gogh Variety Sunflower greets the sunrise in Eastern North Carolina.  Sunflowers appear to be almost immune to the stifling heat here.  The heat index has been well over 100 for nearly two week but there is not a sign of wilt in the sunflower field.  Wish that was true for us.  Stay Cool if you can and have a good week. Nikon D7100, 10-20mm lens.