Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Gull I

With much of the Outer Banks now under a tropical storm warning, it's nice to be able to look back to this more tranquil weather earlier this month. :-)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Crow V

Similar to Crow II but with the lapping wave as background versus backwash and sightly different symmetry. I also was interested in the way this crow grasped his morsel of food with his beak.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Crow I

Oddly, I think fish crows were among my favorite subjects this year on the Outer Banks. The first of a series.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Conch Shell

I'm envious of anyone who finds a conch shell mostly intact. After visiting the Outer Banks for many years and walking along its shores for many more miles, I've never found one fully intact. Still, I find even the badly fragmented pieces fascinating.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


A friend tells me that this is a T-34C "Turbo-Mentor" used by the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard to train pilots. 

He said, in fact, that he had taken his pilot training in one of these, proving that they are indeed 'vintage" aircraft, although I understand that they are still being used for training. :-)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Clam Art

According to my sources (love that much overused expression!), many coastal peoples since even ancient times have appreciated the artistic qualities of the lowly clam.

Friday, August 19, 2016


The guy above sorta looks like he's trudging off to work (or school), doesn't he? :-)

Yep, more sanderling pics. This time I was experimenting with capturing the birds' antics while shooting into the early morning light. I really liked the way the light danced off the water.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Egg Cases

"Because they are lightweight, they are commonly washed up by the sea, often found at the strandline, the farthest point of the high tide. The egg cases that wash up on beaches are usually empty, the young fish having already hatched out." ~ Wikipedia

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Long Pole

I've seen surf fisherman using all different kinds of rods and reels. But most seem to prefer these longer rods that enable them to cast their lures farther into the ocean.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


These were by far my most frequent companions this past week on my long oceanside walks. They were almost a constant source of entertainment as they darted back and forth across the beach.

I call them sanderlings only because that's what I think they are. But given the great numbers of similar looking birds, I couldn't say for certain.

Monday, August 15, 2016


Just a couple of the friends I made while here at the beach. These actually frequent a freshwater pond just behind the beach.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Surf Fishing

I confess that if I lived closer to the beach, I would almost certainly try my hand at surf fishing. It's very popular here along the Outer Banks as several of the photos that will follow in coming days will attest. 

Friday, August 12, 2016


My path down to the beach (above) and another look at the beach, this time under some dramatic clouds.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Great Egret

About as common a sight here on the Outer Banks as the Great Blue Heron on the C&O Canal in Maryland.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Beach

The weather here has been fairly atrocious--hot and humid, overcast skies, with even some tornado warnings thrown in for good measure in places a little farther south. Still, the forecast does look promising for later in the week. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Whalehead Club

Arrived at the Whalehead Club yesterday afternoon and spent a couple of hours rocking on those chairs you can just barely see on the veranda while looking out over the Currituck Sound. Amazing how sleepy you can feel rocking away in a warm summer breeze. :-)

The little slice of the pond in front of the club as well as just a soupçon of the Currituck Sound beyond. BTW, can you see the sound and that North Carolina sky in the club's window?

Saturday, August 6, 2016


Here's how the cotter pins are being used. They help form a hinge on which the lock gate turns.

I'm on the road again, so I will not be posting or commenting for a while. When I get back, I hope to have some pics to share.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Cotter Pin

I think this is possibly the largest cotter pin I've ever seen. Find out tomorrow what it's holding together. :-)

Interesting to learn that Dr. Rudolf Cotter had only invented the device named after him in 1834 and here it was being used on the C&O Canal which began operation in 1831.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Chain of Fools?

Not sure what this chain was being used for at Swains Lock on the C&O Canal the other day, but I rather enjoyed the look of these rusted links.

Chain of Fools

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Committee

"A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, venue, kettle, or volt. The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee, volt, and venue refer to vultures resting in trees. Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Creepy Crawly

I was initially so focused on the plant that I never even noticed the creepy crawly on the edge of my field of vision. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Natural Forms

One of the things I'm always looking for as a photographer are natural forms. For me they are like pirate's treasure. I mean, just look at this leaf. What a marvel! I'm amazed by the uniformly serrated edges, the patterns created by the veins, the color--everything! Yet the plant producing it is as common along the edge of the C&O Canal as grass is on a golf course! I was particularly conscious of these forms this past Saturday. What I noticed was how quickly the seasons are changing. Just a week ago we seemed to be still in early summer. But as I'll try to so show over the next couple of days, now we seem to have suddenly shifted toward late summer.