Southport Waterfront

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As I mentioned in my last Sunday Snap post, we recently returned from a trip to Southport, NC.  This is a charming seaside town with good photo opportunities.  During this past trip, we walked along the waterfront near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and I took the opportunity to snap a few photos.

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A footprint in the sand and a sweet older lady combing the beach for seashells

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I captured this little guy just as he lifted off the sand.

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This must be the local morning hang out spot.  The bird in black is obviously trying to impress the ladies in white.  However, I’m not sure if it’s working.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed these quick little shots.  Have a great day – Mike

A Stroll Down Gateway Walk

A couple of weeks ago we spent a couple of days in historic Charleston, SC.  For those who aren’t familiar with Charleston it is a charming coastal city located in the southeastern United States.  Charleston was founded in 1670 as Charles Town, honoring King Charles II of England.

The Unitarian Church in Charleston, built in 1772, is the second oldest church in downtown Charleston.  The church has a unique cemetery, the walking paths are well maintained but vegetation within the grave sites is allowed to grow naturally, creating a fascinating and extremely peaceful environment.

Below are a few photos from our visit to the church cemetery.

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Thank you for viewing my photos.  I hope you liked them.

Mike L.

Travel Photography – House Creek at Cherry Grove Beach, SC

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This is a view of the House Creek marsh from our Balcony.

This is the first visit to Cherry Grove Beach for me and my family.  We are here for vacation and have enjoyed getting away and slowing down the pace of life for a few days.  Our hotel fronts on the Atlantic Ocean but has a wonderful view of a tidal marsh area behind the hotel.  This tidal waterway is named House Creek.  It plays host to water fowl and a variety of other wild life.  The creek is never the same twice since it’s water level is constantly changing with the flow of the tides.

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A crane stands on the exposed land at low tide.

I went to the marsh just after sunrise hoping to get some photos in the early morning light.  I did manage to find some wild life to photograph but I did not find the early morning landscape photo I was hoping for.  Still this was a successful outing simply because I was able to experience a new place and had photography opportunities that I do not have at home.

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Water fowl taking flight at House Creek

That evening we had a few thunderstorms passing to our north.  The photograph below shows one of those storms building in the distance.

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Thunderstorms build in the distance. Photo taken from our hotel balcony.

Nature Photography – Blue Ridge Parkway

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Below are more images from my drive along a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  These photos were taken in and around the Doughton Park area.  We also stopped and photographed a small pond just north of the park but I do not remember the name of the pond.

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A photo of an open field at Doughton Park.
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Same field, just a different perspective with the rock outcropping in the foreground.
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This photo was also taken at Doughton Park. You can see one of the balds in the distance.
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Layer of mountains fade into the distance. This photo was taken at Doughton Park at one of the many overlooks within the park and along the parkway.
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Small pond just off the parkway.
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Same pond from a different vantage point. The water was really calm and still.
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Portrait view so I could include a bit of the sky. By this time is was getting later in the evening.

Travel Photography – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Last June we vacationed at Carolina Beach, NC.  I headed out early one more to capture images of the Boardwalk before it became crowded with tourists.  As I look at these images I notice a lot of things I would have done differently if I was to shoot this location again.  I think I would like to go back and shoot this at night with the crowds, lighting, and motion. At night this location comes alive with many activities.  I think it would make for much more interesting photos.  Perhaps I’ll get an opportunity to do this before summer is over.

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Calm before the storm? Bumper cars carefully lined up from the night before waiting on the chaos that is sure to come.
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Boardwalk marquee on this colorful building at Carolina Beach.
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This empty carousel patiently waits on the masses of people that will soon arrive.
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Colorful shops along the boardwalk at Carolina Beach, NC
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This colorful Skywheel will soon be filled with thrill seekers at Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Travel Photography – Sandbridge Pier

I shot the photos below with my phone during our vacation last June.  The location was Sandbridge Beach, VA.  The forecast for the day was to start off cloudy and become sunny by afternoon.  The sun never arrived.  A dense fog developed over the water and presented a unique lighting and atmospheric condition.

Photograph of framework under the pier at Sandbrige Beach.
Framework under the pier at Sandbrige Beach.
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High key photograph of the pier at Sandbridge Beach, VA on a foggy day.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach on a foggy day.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach, VA on a foggy day.