I’m Reminded of….

Beach Scenes

…a song by Dire Straits (Down by the Waterline) and I thought it was from the 80’s, but after researching it, apparently the song debuted in 1978. Boy, I guess I’m getting older:)

This is literally from the Atlantic Ocean waterline in Manasquan, New Jersey. The sunrise was just so so but I always remember to just turn around and look at the other side of things and BANG, there was the shot.

I shot this at 17mm on a 10 second delay so as to not see my shadow on the sand. As the processing went, I decided to crop out most of the sand which eliminated any of the foreground. I then went into Analog Efex Pro 2 and loved what the classic camera preset did to the sky.

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I suggest clicking on the shot for a larger view.

Here’s the song, BTW…. remember it?

Join Me at the Magnolia Plantation…..

Travel

Our travels last week took us to a spot that is billed as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens”, The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, in Charleston, South Carolina.

The spider shot in my last post is also from this location.

I’ve seen a few shots from other people from here and can say that(although still beautiful) August is probably not the best month to view it’s true beauty. Instead of rambling about it, let me take you on a tour….

Our first stop was the petting zoo…. rescued animals of all types…

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Next up was our nature tour with our guide, Dick, a very knowledgeable and comical individual. He brought the plantation to life, often…

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A few sights from this beautiful part of the low country…

After the tour we decided to walk around and check out the rest of the site. Gorgeous trees, bridges, marsh, architecture abound…

At this time of year the plantation may not rich in color with blooming flowers and bush but it certainly has enough history and geographical interest to hold anyone’s attention.

I highly recommend a visit to this landmark in North Charleston.


Here’s the website.

Welcome to My Crib…

Animals

We had a wonderful guide during our nature tour of The Magnolia Plantation in North Charleston. He made what could have been (at times) a boring tour quite interesting and comical.

He seemed to be always on the lookout for exciting wildlife(that’s what we were there for right?), natural phenomenons and anything that could support or enhance his quip at the time.

Towards the end of our 45 minute tour he slammed on the brakes(which always gets your attention) to show us something that initially appeared invisible. I got off the tram and walked hesitantly towards him. As I got closer I still couldn’t see the subject. He directed me to a spot that the sun would help the untrained eye see the subject much clearly…. BAM, there it was, the largest spider I’ve ever seen!

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He said it wasn’t venomous (only the Black Widow and Brown Recluse are)… I won’t challenge him on it and certainly wouldn’t want to walk in to this mammoth web.

The plantation is an amazing place. The low country is a place where creatures of all shapes and size exist and our guide reminded us that, this is their home, we are just visiting.

Suddenly the sky exploded…

Coastal Scenes

By our second day we started to get acclimated to our surroundings in Hilton Head and decided to take a ride over to another beautiful area of the island called Shelter  Cove.

Shelter Cove is a marina accompanied by shops, eateries, and entertainment. The entertainment came in the form of one man bands and child entertainers. Each at different areas of the marina.

This shot comes as we walked to the far west end of the cove. Boats would come and go from this area of the marina.

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The weather, as it was all week,  was hot and very humid. Each day there was a chance of late afternoon thunder showers. Conditions like this are usually favorable to great sunsets.

Patience was the key to this shot, I must have taken a dozen shots of this scene with different perspectives, waiting for the sun to set behind the clouds. We started to head back to the car when my daughter shouted to turn around. Within moments the westerly sky exploded with color!


Here’s a fantastic photographer with a gallery in Charleston.

Chris Botti and John Mayer, great combo, here.






Seeing Stars……… And Stripes…

Beach Scenes

So we’re out sailing the Calibogue Sound on our Catamaran when we see this fast approaching vessel off our starboard side. It’s listing pretty severely to one side and traveling at a high rate of speed. I can see the passengers holding on for what it appears to be, dear life.

A day earlier I learned that one of the racing yachts commissioned by Dennis Connor (America’s Cup fame), the Stars and Stripes (remember it?) is moored at the Harbourtown Marina and can be reserved for sunset sailing.

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Now the sound was fairly rough from a southerly wind. We begin jibbing and I see the Stars and Stripes tacking towards the open ocean. It begins to list and moves past us at a high rate of speed. I’m thinking… I want to be on there.

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After my quick experience yesterday I can understand a captain or deckmates obsession with the art of sailing. The planning, preparation and execution of such an endevour could easily take over a lover of the open seas.

Wednesday is Opposite Day…

Beach Scenes

So I visited my chiropractor this morning and had a few minutes to take some shot at the beach in Belmar (New Jersey). This has become my go to spot for beach pictures this summer.

Just like most shorelines, Belmar has an inlet to get to the marina where boats of all sizes are moored. An active spot usually, yet on this particular day it was quiet from a boat traffic standpoint. Beach goers, on the other hand, were converging at the waters edge to beat the heat.

These shots are showing opposite sides of the inlet and you can see the action pretty clearly, whether it be sunbathers, fisherman, surfers or just sightseers, like me.

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Another scorcher day in store for tomorrow so maybe another trip to Belmar will be needed.