The Hurrier I Go


The hurrier I go the behinder I get, my grandma used to say. Just this weekend I was able to start digging into the 1400+ images from our trip to the NC coast. I haven’t found any “portfolio” images yet but I feel they will appear as I go back and listen to some of them.

This image is one of a number of shots I took of this drift fence, what we used to call snow fences up north, along Highway 12 on Ocracoke Island. The late afternoon sun was casting some nice shadows and the sky was nice and blue with some nice wispy clouds.

Some may suggest that I need to take out the power lines in the upper left, and I suppose if I make this into a print I would do that. For now we’ll stick with reality.

Ocracoke Island!


We had been anxiously awaiting our return to Ocracoke Island, having only been there for part of a day back in 2005. Our memory of the place as being a photo-rich environment was quite accurate, as I filled a couple of 4 Gig cards during our stay. I had been hoping to get a different-than-the-picture-postcard shot of the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse, and I think I have it with this one. I shot this just after sunset from the 4th floor balcony of our motel, The Anchorage Inn.

A Little "Work"


We spent Sunday afternoon with our friends and innkeepers Andy & Karen Fisher touring the waters of the Pungo River and Pantego Creek aboard their boat, a 32 foot Nordic Tug. Andy sells real estate in the area, while Karen manages the inn. Andy happened to mention that he needed a water view photo of one of his listings, and I just happened to know a photographer. I’d say it was probably fair trade for a couple of hours on the boat!

Crab Pots


I don’t know a lot about crabbing, but I do know that crab pots make pretty interesting photo subjects. We happened upon a place that sells crab pots along the road near Engelhard, North Carolina. This place actually had a bunch of used ones, which seem to have a bit more character than the new ones

Shrimp Boats


We’ve had a great trip so far. We spent Saturday touring the backroads around the Pocosin Lakes area and Lake Mattamuskeet. We just happened to be near Engelhard, on the east side of Lake Mattamuskeet late in the afternoon. I spotted this scene along the way and got a couple shots before the great light went away.

Looking Ahead


Friday we depart on our much-anticipated adventure to the North Carolina coast. Three nights in Belhaven, three nights on Ocracoke Island then three nights in Beaufort. Got some good advice on photo spots from our good buddy Kevin Adams and are looking forward to a great trip.

I spent some time this weekend going through some images from last year’s trip. This was one of a number of images I made of sunset over the Pantego Creek in Belhaven.

Grandfather Mountain


We visited Grandfather Mountain this weekend for their annual Camera Clinic. Founded by Hugh Morton in 1952, this annual event is focused on photojournalism. After Saturday evening’s presentations we had a chance to head out on the mountain for sunset. While I was waiting to see what kind of show we might have I made this image of a rock formation I found interesting. Kathy says it looks like a Bison head. I agree! I think this image may have possibilities in Black & White. I may have to give it a try.

High Point Train Station


As we travel Kathy & like to hunt down old train stations. I’ve always liked them for the architecture, and since they are usually found in an older section of town, they sometimes anchor a redevelopment effort and are often restored. I’ve been going through my collection of train station images for an upcoming magazine submission and came across some old favorites.

One of my all-time favorite train stations is the one in High Point, North Carolina. This also happens to be one of my all-time favorite photos.

Photographs and stuff!