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23 Feb 2017

Sunrise at Juno Pier

One of the nice things about doing art shows in Florida is being able to get out early for sunrise and not freeze. I headed to Juno Pier this morning hoping to get some good clouds at sunrise. I wasn’t disappointed. I had hoped to go at 3 a.m. to catch the Milky Way over the pier but it was cloudy when I got up. I went back to sleep for a couple of hours and by then many of the clouds had cleared away.

The crescent moon was shining bright when I got there before any light was in the sky. As the sky filled with color the became less distinguishable and by the time the sun cleared the horizon, the moon was barely visible.

05 Nov 2016

Hanging out at Pensacola’s pier

Pensacola PierWhile doing the art show in Pensacola, FL, I’m getting lots of requests for local photos. Since this is the first time I’ve been in Pensacola, I don’t have anything to show them so I went to the beach after the show tonight to catch sunset and see what was going on around the pier.

There was some great color in the sky after the sun went down, as I waded in the edge of the surf, I was able to get the pier in the foreground and the sky blazing behind it.

After the color faded a bit I went under the pier but I didn’t want the typical shot of the silhouetted pier and smooth water. I brought a flashlight with me to try some light painting. I did a 30 second exposure and used the flashlight to illuminate the pier and give me a different effect.

Under Pensacola's Pier

01 Aug 2015

Enjoying the LBI sunset tradition

lbi sunsetThis weekend I’m doing an art show on New Jersey’s Long Beach Island and am fortunate to stay with my good friends Marilyn Dillon and Brian Horton. They’ve had a home on LBI for many years, although they took a pretty good wallop by Hurricane Sandy. They had 40” of salt water in the house, which, of course, destroyed pretty much everything. They have rebuilt the house and it looks great.

Each night they and their neighbors stroll down to the end of their street and watch the sun set. It is a great tradition and they have good time talking to everyone. Tonight’s sunset was pretty nice, although everyone said “You should have been here last night.” I’ve heard that before and I’m sure it was great, but it was good fun to share this one with them.

06 Jun 2015

Making the best of a long drive home

permaquidWhenever I make a long drive, like to my Acadia National Park photography Workshop, I try to stop at interesting places during the drive. I plan to find places that are less than 30 minutes off the road so I can get there and back within an hour. I always think I only need a few minutes at a site to either scout it for a future serious shooting session or luck out and get something really good while I am there. I hope to only extend my drive by an hour but it usually ends up adding two hours to the drive.

On my way back from Acadia, I thought I’d check out a couple of lighthouses on the Maine coast. And yes, I added more than an hour to my scheduled nine hour drive. My first stop was the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol. It is a classic lighthouse built in 1835 above cool looking rocks that have been transformed by crashing waves and running water.

I was greeted at the entrance by a friendly volunteer who got excited when I told her I was a professional photographer. She told me all the classic angles to shoot and where to go. I’d done my research, so I had an idea of what to shoot, but it was nice of her to be so helpful. She even told me how to get a reflection of the lighthouse in a little pool in the rocks. (more…)

22 Aug 2014

A great final day in British Columbia

bc-2154My final day in British Columbia was a special one. We took a five hour ride on the Misty Isles sailboat throughout the islands of Desolation Sound. The highlight came quickly as a humpback whale surfaced about forty feet in front of the boat. A couple of other boats were in the area and we all cut our motors to watch the magnificent beast. The large whale came up several more times and then finally took in a big gulp of air and lifted its tail out of the water. Captain Mike said when the tail comes up they are using their body weight to dive deep and you won’t see them again for a long time.

bc-2140Smoke from distant forest fires created a haze in the surrounding mountains but they still were grand as they rose from the mainland. Captain Mike stopped the boat so everyone could go for a swim, it is a rare place where water is warm enough the swim while snow capped mountains loom nearby. As we were heading back, we saw a harbor seal and her pup sitting on some rocks, they were mighty cute.

bc-2106That night when my sister sister suggested that we go down to the beach I didn’t anticipate that a special life-long memory was going to happen.

There are organisms in the water that have the same glowing stuff as lightning bugs but it is only displayed when the water is stirred. I don’t know what causes bioluminescence, but it sure is cool.

Lynda and I sat there in the complete darkness of a cloudless and moonless night throwing rocks in the water and watching the splashes glow. It was a special time for me to be with my sister, who I don’t see nearly enough, together on a Canadian beach with only two lights visible on all the other islands as the Milky Way and billions of stars shining brightly above. There were, two lucky kids who grew up among the Indiana cornfields, tossing rocks, seeing the water twinkle and talking about how good ours lives are. I’m fortunate to have experienced it and will treasure that memory forever.

I am blessed.

Click to see my British Columbia photo gallery from the trip.

21 Aug 2014

A beautiful end to the day in British Columbia

The people of Cortes Island live close to nature and appreciate the beauty that surrounds them. They are big into recycling and reusing, to the point that they have a Free Store at the recycling center that is staffed by volunteers. If you don’t need something, drop it off and it will be sorted and somebody else can take it for free. It is a great idea but I think it takes a special place for it to work.

We had a great dinner outside at Squirrel Cove tonight overlooking the cove as the sun got low. It was a beautiful scene as boats floated in the cove surrounded by mountains. After dinner we went to the west side of the island for sunset. The sun was just dropping as we got there and I was able to catch it as it set behind some boats. The color was good right after sunset but I knew it would get better if waited another 30-45 minutes and we weren’t disappointed. Reds, blues and pinks combined to make the sky glow and the water come to life. A beautiful end to the day.

Click to see my British Columbia photo gallery from the trip.

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26 Jun 2011

Lightning off-shore

Lightning lights up the sky over Wrigtsville Beach, NC.

 

I’m at Wrightsville Beach, NC, just outside of Wilmington. After the sun went down, the storm clouds rolling in off-shore and lightning lit up the sky.