Photo Of The Week: Better Days


These have been tough times in Eastern North Carolina.  Hurricane Matthew has brought more than a week of misery.  First, there was the storm surge, the rain, and now the floods.  We had been very lucky here since 2011 when Hurricane Irene came calling.  Matthew changed all that.  It was the storm that wouldn’t leave.  For us, it was the rain.  None of us here on the farm had ever experienced anything like it.  We had well over a foot of rain here between last Friday and Sunday morning.  None of us were surprised at news the Neuse River through nearby Kinston would flood.  What surprised us was word that it would top the record flooding triggered by Hurricane Floyd in 1999.  It did. The river topped out just short of 30 feet. All of the bridges into the city were shut down cutting off access to the city.  The main east west highway through the area, US 70 was shut down for miles.  The flooding reach as far west as Raleigh.  Interstate 95 was flooded out in several areas.    The rivers are cresting now and  flood levels will slowly recede but in so doing, all that water is making its way into the sounds along the coast triggering more flooding.  Things will eventually get better . The beautiful sunrises have already returned along the North Carolina coast but the effects of Hurricane Matthew will be with us for years to come. Have a good week ahead everybody and be safe. 

Photo of The Week: Big Blow


I’m guessing the wind was gusting up to 50 mph.  I was crouched on top of the barrier dunes at Southern Shores, North Carolina and even with my tripod planted in the sand, it was hard to keep the camera steady.  The sea oats  and  the ocean tell the story.  This was the first Tropical Storm/ Hurricane I had ridden out on the coast since the 70’s.  It was a sobering experience.  Nikon D3X  24mm lens.   Have  a good week and thanks for the look.



Photo of The Week: Daybreak at Kitty Hawk



The dawn breaks along the beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on the Outer Banks.  This was several days after Hurricane Hermine had blown by and the morning sky is still filled with spectacular could formations.  Nikon D800E.  18-35mm Lens.

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.


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


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.

Posted To Flickr September 10, 2016  Facebook September 11, 2016

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.