Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hiding Heron

By mere luck I noticed this heron hiding amongst some small pines at the water's edge and caught a picture of him in hiding.

I paddled around the corner of the stream and was able to catch the lovely bird in profile. He's a lot easier to see that way. Plus I did zoom in on him a bit.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Yellow Rose

I took this picture on Sunday over at Sarah Duke Garden. Skies were gray and the lack of direct sun made for great photos. We'd had rain recently and everything was very green despite it being a cold day.


Tuesday, October 06, 2009


Pretty needles and not-so-pretty needles. Just a few yards apart on the same path.


Sunday, August 09, 2009

A Small Pond

This pond is in southwestern Wake County near Harris Lake. I was hiking early in the morning along side it.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

A Tree beside a Lake

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Backyard Purple

Monday, April 06, 2009

Ride 'em Turtle

There's a turtle in that picture above. Even if you click on it and look at it full size, the turtle's not easy to see. In fact, you can just barely see the waterlogged stick that he's riding.

In the picture below, where I zoomed in on him, it's a little more obvious what's going on. Still, what turtle in its right mind is going to be riding a stick that's moving at a good clip in a strong April breeze?

It's not obvious in the picture but that log that the turtle is perched on is in the middle of a bay and moving along at about a normal walking pace. The turtle was effectively acting as a sail, allowing the wind to move the branch a lot faster than the water it was in.


Thursday, April 02, 2009

Purple in March

Monday, March 30, 2009

Raindrops on Pine Needles

The title says it all. It started pouring while I was hiking this past weekend and I took a picture of some drops on the end of pine needles before putting my camera away for the day.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Alpacas in East NC

I visited with some alpacas yesterday. I was at a roving house party near Pittsboro, NC on Saturday and took this picture at an alpaca farm which happened to be the first stop on the tour.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Two Birds Honking


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Red-bellied Woodpecker

This little guy visited me today. I live away from wooded areas so I don't see these guys very often. I was quite happy to get a few good pictures of him before he left for leafier areas.


Friday, March 13, 2009

SC Pinecone


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Early morning on the lake

Just before 7am in the morning, when I arrived at Lake Hartwell this past Saturday.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's two squirrels


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Almost Sunset

The sun almost all the way down while kayaking across Lake Hartwell in SC.

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Rocks on the shore

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Who are YOU calling Fluffy?

It was a rather cold morning today and this dove was all fluffed up trying to stay warm. The poor little dear. I almost forgave the beast for pooping on my railing. Almost!


Sunday, December 07, 2008

I snapped this picture while hiking along a creek yesterday. It was a gray overcast day, quite chilly, and that coolness is reflected in the water.


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Crazy Squirrel

Just get a look at that crazy glint in this squirrel's eye. That guy is nuts!


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bad Apple

A little photoshopping on this image. I emphasized the withered apple and decreased the contrast on the background. Sue me!

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

At least it's wet

Monday, July 28, 2008


I took this picture on Sunday and while I love the rich yellow color, it looks almost like some of the petals are missing. I can assure you that I didn't pluck this flower and deprive it of it's beauty---but if not me, then who?


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Green sky

Lovely green fronds Mimosa leaves between me and the sky. Now living on my desktop wallpaper. A little bit of NC summer inside with me.


Saturday, May 24, 2008

It's a Duck

Yes, I'm quasi-quoting Monty Python there. "So, if she weighs the same as a duck...?"

This particular duck was found today at Sarah Duke Garden, floating away and happy as could be. His partner was on the bank and acting kinda bossy and contrary. I don't know what accounts for the temperament difference but speculating on that difference could get me into trouble within my own species.


Thursday, May 15, 2008


The sun is rising above the trees as I stop paddling for a minute to admire the scenery.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Heron before Dawn

I went out on the lake at 6am, about 25 minutes before dawn, and saw this bird at a point between two coves. I only got a few pictures of the heron before it flew off and these are the only two that weren't too blurred by the motion of my kayak and the dim light available.

The picture above was taken first, as I was approaching the point, and was taken at maximum zoom. The picture below I took about 2 minutes later while looking sideways at the heron. It was this motion, turning around in the kayak, that caused the bird to take off. Odd that he'd be afraid of people.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Laying up along shore

I was taking a picture of a heron while close to shore and got pushed onto the small rocks alongside the shoreline. It was hard to take a steady shot from this vantage point! Oh, the heron flew away, dammit.


Thursday, May 08, 2008


Here's the fellow I was referring to in that last post. He was quite a ways away. I was using my 12X zoom and it's a little fuzzy due to the waves bouncing me around and it being an overcast day. I opened up my aperture as much as I could...