At The Beach: 11/26/18

Deer outside our villa at Palmetto Dunes Oceanside Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

We’ve been seeing these guys around since we got here but I hadn’t gotten a good look at them while I had a camera and was in a good position for a photo.  Caught them this afternoon on our way back to the beach.  Some of the weekenders had been feeding them carrots, so I think they were looking for another handout from us.  But we know better!

At The Beach: 11/25/18

Sunset on the beach, Palmetto Dunes Oceanside Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

I really love the look of a wide angle lens on the beach at low tide.  Lots of interesting foreground, and a dramatic sky just adds to the appeal!  Not a lot of big-time color, but enough to be interesting.

At The Beach: 11/24/18

Glynn County Courthouse, Brunswick, Georgia

We took a road trip to Georgia today and visited St. Simon’s Island and Brunswick.  The Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick is surrounded by these amazing Live Oak trees, complete with Spanish Moss.  This photo just begins to do them justice.

From the local tourism board website:

The Historic Brunswick Courthouse is situated in a grove of live oaks within Magnolia Square—one of the historic parks and squares used to house livestock as a community pasture. The parcel was purchased in 1905 from the City for $1.00. Today it is still surrounded by mossy live oak trees in addition to trees of foreign origin including Tung and Chinese pistachio. The courthouse was designed by New Jersey architect Charles Alling Gifford of the New York firm Gifford & Bates. Gifford’s work is notable within the National Historic Landmark District on Jekyll Island, principally Sans Souci Apartments (1896), Mistletoe Cottage (1900), and Jekyll Island Clubhouse Annex (1901). The cornerstone was laid on December 27, 1906 and construction was completed on December 18, 1907 at a total cost of $97,613. Restoration work began in the early 1990’s. Noted as a fine example of Neoclassical Revival style or Beaux Arts (fine arts) architecture that flourished, 1885-1920, this impressive building is still widely known for its exceptional beauty. Beaux Arts combines ancient Greek & Roman forms with Renaissance ideas and is an eclectic Neoclassical style. Design suggests interlinking philosophy of justice: four identical entrances complement interior columns leading to justice; an intricate iron stair rail suggests delicate balance and the frailties of man. The new Glynn County Courthouse is located immediately north of the structure and opposite the Courthouse at 1709 Reynolds Street, the Mahoney-McGarvey House is known as one of the finest examples of Carpenter Gothic architecture in Georgia.

Glynn County Courthouse, Brunswick, Georgia

Blurry Pictures

Sunset on the beach, Palmetto Dunes Oceanside Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

A technique that I love to use at the beach is motion blur.  This can take the form of long shutter speeds on a tripod, or panning the camera along the scene or with a moving wave.  It can convey a feeling of motion, simplify a busy scene or just look “pretty.”  It doesn’t work just anywhere, and I’ve become pretty good about knowing when to use it.

Sunset on the beach, Palmetto Dunes Oceanside Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

I hadn’t tried using motion blur much this trip until I was reminded of it in a recent Instagram post by William Neill.  Bill originally inspired me to try using motion blur years ago, and his work continues to inspire me.

Sunset on the beach, Palmetto Dunes Oceanside Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Last night while we waited to see if the moonrise would be visible, I tried using a slow shutter speed on the water, the sky and even some sea oats blowing in the wind.  A few of them came out OK, so I thought I would share.

Sunset on the beach, Palmetto Dunes Oceanside Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Sunset on the beach, Palmetto Dunes Oceanside Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

At The Beach: 11/19/18

Sunset at Port Royal, South Carolina

We took a day trip to Beaufort, SC today.  I was a little bummed about the lack of good photographic opportunity until I came across this scene late in the day.  Sometimes taking an unplanned side road can lead to something special!  I have a number of shots that I could have posted for today, but this one stood out on my first pass.

In South Carolina it’s pronounced Bew-fort as opposed to North Carolina where it’s Bow-fort.

Our Home Away From Home – Two Weeks In

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Saturday marked the end of our second week here.  It’s been interesting – we’ve been able to live in our rented “beach home” just about like we live in our “real” home.  We’ve gone out to eat a few times but mostly eat in, have managed to keep our car trips to a minimum and spend most of our time doing the same kind of things we’d do at home.  We take a bit of pride in the number of days our car doesn’t move from the garage, both here and at home.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Yesterday the local cable company upgraded the cable boxes and modems in our building to a new digital service.  The upside for us is that the internet is now about 10X faster than it used to be,  and we also have hundreds more TV channels to not watch!  The picture is great!  Unfortunately the content is the same, just a lot more of it.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

At some point I realized that in the next day or two will have been “away from home” for the longest times in our lives with the exception of college and the 2 months or so that I lived in corporate housing when we relocated to North Carolina from Ohio.

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

The interesting thing is that we’ve settled into life here with nary a glitch.  We talked the other day about how quickly this place seems like home.  We brought a reasonable amount of “stuff” with us – mostly clothes, camera gear and electronics  – and anticipated a few trips to Target or Wal-Mart to pick up things our condo didn’t have.  But so far all we’ve had to buy is food, water and wine!  It’s amazing how well we can live for an extended time with just the stuff that will fit in the car.

Sunset on the beach, Palmetto Dunes Oceanside Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

The weather hasn’t been ideal, but we’ve had a number of really nice days.  For this time of the year, a couple of nice days each week is about what we expected.  It’s warmer than home and a lot warmer than a lot of other places we could be!  It’s easy to accept a rainy day or two when we’ve got so many to work with.

Bike Rack – Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Thanksgiving will be a little weird this week, but we don’t do a lot of major family stuff and we never travel over that weekend, so it isn’t too big of a deal.  We have a couple of steaks and a nice bottle of wine and will celebrate in our own way.  We might even turn on the TV and watch the parades…likely with the sound off, of course!

Photographs and stuff!