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It’s A Wild Horses Autumn

by on Oct.25, 2018, under Locations

I seem to be logging a lot of wild horse time this Autumn. Just two weeks after the wife and I spent two days with the wild horses at Beaufort and Shackleford, I had the opportunity to join three other photographers for two more days with Seavisions Charters. For the other photographers… two from New York and one from Massachusetts, it was a first time visit with the wild horses.

A family group at Rachel Carson Reserve.
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Wild Horses After The Storm

by on Oct.07, 2018, under Locations

The wife and I headed to Beaufort this first week of October to try for some new wild horse photos, now that it’s been a month since Hurricane Florence pounded the coast and inundated eastern North Carolina. The wild horses of Beaufort and Shackleford Banks seem to have weathered the storm with grace, as they have for hundreds of years along the Outer Banks.

These wild horses run along the ocean beach where great dunes stood only a month before, now completely flattened.
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Surprises at the Bird Feeders

by on May.06, 2018, under Rants, Raves & Ramblings

This has been an eventful and surprising week at the feeders and bird bath so far this Spring. It started with a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. For the past several years we usually saw one at the feeder once or twice in the Spring, stopping here on its migration from Mexico or Central America up to the Northeast and Canada. But this year we’ve not only had two male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks an once, but also three females at the same time. And not for a day, but for nearly a week now.
Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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Wind, Sea and Wild Horses

by on Apr.22, 2018, under Locations

A wooly yearling nuzzles his look-alike father at Rachel Carson Reserve, BeaufortIt’s late April, and finally winter has reluctantly released its grip, allowing some Spring-like weather to filter into the Carolinas. Though the temps were up a bit and the sun was out, a 20 to 30 mph wind relentlessly buffeted the coast for the entire three days of our trip to Beaufort and Shackleford Banks for some wild horse photography.

That didn’t stop the wife and I from our mission to get photos, but it did make the private charter boat rides across Back Sound as rough as what we get in the winter months around Beaufort and Shackleford Banks. (continue reading…)

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Seeking Color and Fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains

by on Oct.06, 2017, under Locations, Rants, Raves & Ramblings

Occasional areas of color continue to be spotty We’ve made two more trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains since the last post hoping to find more Fall color, but it was as yet a bit too early, even at the highest elevations. The photo at right is one of the best representations of color from these two most recent trips, in the 3rd and 4th weeks of September. The near ridge shows a good bit of color, while the more distant ridges had little or none. I’m not sure how this works. Perhaps it’s merely elevation differences, though there is no way to tell how the ridge elevations differ in this view. (continue reading…)

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Winding Roads, Scenic Views and the Underground

by on Sep.11, 2017, under Rants, Raves & Ramblings

Looking Glass Rock, Blue Ridge Parkway The photo at right is of Looking Glass Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Obviously it’s not my usual feathery frocked subject matter – but still, this all started with a couple of “birds”. You see, I’ve driven a red Firebird for the past 23 years . . .  actually two red Firebirds . . . a ’94 Firebird, then a 2002 Firebird. I recently sold the 2002 Firebird that I’d driven for the last 15 years, and brought home a 2018 Camaro. I was itching to get the new Camaro out on the road and try it out. Those twisted, winding mountain roads in the Great Smokies were calling to me. (continue reading…)

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The Total Solar Eclipse

by on Aug.22, 2017, under Rants, Raves & Ramblings

As you can see, I haven’t posted since March. The Bluebirds weren’t very cooperative this Spring, and nothing new visited the feeders during the Summer. And with the oppressive Summer heat, I don’t get out for photography much. However, there was one thing I did some planning for…… The Solar Eclipse of August 21. I could have stayed home and viewed a 90+% eclipse, which is more than I’ve ever had a chance to see, but with the circle of totality within a 5-6 hour drive, I decided to go for it…. totally… or rather totality.

My wife took the photo below
with her tablet before totality.

Here I'm watching the eclipse progression waiting to take photos at totality With the news media warning what a traffic nightmare it would be to go anywhere for the totality, I did some thinking. I decided a more rural, less populated spot in the totality path might possibly avoid much, if not all of the crowd that was predicted. I found and downloaded a neat file for Google Earth that showed the totality circle as it traversed the US into South Carolina. With that handy tool I zoomed into Google Earth looking for likely locations with public access near the center line of the totality path and settled on a Walmart parking lot in Newberry, SC.

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Looking Back at the Snow

by on Mar.24, 2017, under Rants, Raves & Ramblings

Male Cardinal and snowflakes Well, it’s late March and finally I feel like there is little threat of any more freezing temperatures. So I decided to look back at the February snow and some of the photos I got of birds while those frozen flakes were coming down. Every year I try to get some new shots of birds in the snow to use for my Christmas cards. Looks like maybe this male Cardinal will be the one I’ll use when Christmas rolls around again. (continue reading…)

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Just Eagles This Time

by on Nov.25, 2016, under Locations

Bald Eagle glides in for the catchThis trip was two days at Conowingo Dam, with a third day spent looking for birds at E.B. Forsythe NWR in New Jersey and Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. Ninety precent of Forsythe was closed for repairs to the wildlife drive, dikes and pumps. We found a dozen or so Brandt, a half dozen Black Ducks and a pair of Mallards, none of which were in suitable light for good images. We found virtually nothing at Bombay Hook NWR. That place has been a bust the past three times I’ve visited. I think I’m scratching that one off my list. (continue reading…)

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The Birds Up North – Part 3 – Cambridge, MD

by on Mar.02, 2016, under Locations, Rants, Raves & Ramblings

I’ve posted other articles on this blog about Cambridge, Maryland, so this is nothing new. But every time I visit my spot on the Choptank River I come away with a few more worthwhile images of ducks. They’re fun to watch, and lovely to look at. This year the birds have been a bit scarce wherever I’ve gone for photos, and Cambridge was no exception. Must be the warmish winter we had, which didn’t push as many ducks southward as usual. But that’s the nature of nature – it can be pretty unpredictable.
American Wigeon drake I can count on finding American Wigeons at this spot. The drakes’ showy green head patches make them easy to identify. Sometimes they’re an olive green… usually with a golden iridescence like the drake on the left. Sometimes they’re a rich, brilliant emerald green, like the drake in the photo below of a pair of wigeons. Note the white band over top of the head and extending down the forehead to the bill. This white marking has given the American Wigeon the nickname “Baldpate”. (continue reading…)

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