Date: October 8th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Silhouettes, Sky, Storms, Sunset, Texas, Trees, USA.

Neighborhood Cypress at sunset, Lewisville, TXNeighborhood Cypress at sunset, Lewisville, TX

 

Date: October 8th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Dallas, Design, Elements, golden light, Sky, Storms, Texas, USA.

Mammatus clouds, Dallas TXMammatus clouds, Dallas Texas. Crazy-beautiful!

 

Date: October 4th, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Autumn, Elements, Flowers, Garden, Insects, Seasonal, Texas, USA, Water.

Waterstrider in Lewisville TX back yard pondWaterstrider in Lewisville TX back yard pond

 

Date: October 1st, 2007 | Comments : none | Categories: Animals, beach, Birds, conservation, Environmental issues, issues, Landscape, North Carolina, seascape, Seasonal, Sky, Summer, sunrise, Sunset, Travel, Travel USA, Trees, Urban and State Parks, USA, Water.

Sunset, Washington, North CarolinaJust off the ferry at sunset, Washington, North Carolina

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Sunrise, Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks, NCGrackle - Cape Hatteras, NCRainbow - Swan Quarter, NCOld gas station - Farmville, NC

Alain and I flew to North Carolina for three days – a little business trip and I tagged along—he threatened to take my camera with him and I was sure I could not manage without it! We drove around the eastern countryside between Raleigh and Washington, NC through old, old towns. It takes a looong time for wooden doors to shred, and a looong time for conditions to be just right for vines to sprout then twirl round and round, entwined and squished between panes of glass …old, old farms: tobacco, cotton, peanuts.. and an interesting gas station.

There is a lot of history in North Carolina – fossils, settlers and Civil War history. We stayed at Kitty Hawk (first flight – Wright bros.) and walked the shores at various places along the narrow coast of the Outer Banks. We watched the sun rise and dolphins feed – too far away for good photos, even with the telephoto. As soon as the sun rose they swam away.
Along Cape Hatteras, groups of Grackles ate ripe grass seeds, bouncing up and down on the stems, their bodies too heavy for the tall grasses. Just off the 2 1/2 hr. long ferry at Swan Quarter, and sunset with a short, wide rainbow after a storm that we managed to escape and watch from the better side.

NO OLF – we were curious about this sign in many people’s yards. The following website shows a video describing how the U.S. Navy has purchased over 30,000 acres of land near the eastern North Carolina coast, planning to move their pilot training program from Virginia. Part of the huge controversy is that over 75 families would be forced to leave their homes, many of them farming that land for generations. The human issues are enough, but the cause and effect on the wildlife and ecology would be drastic and irreparable. Thousands of ducks and large flocks of snow geese that feed in the area annually would no longer have sanctuary. The large birds would also be a danger to the jets.

On Pony Island a large sand crab tried to buff up and look tough, but it was quite vulnerable there out in the open; all the other crabs scurried into holes but this one stayed, trying to hide in footprints, which offered no protection if we had been birds looking for a hearty meal. Great fun to watch the behavior for a while. It’s clearly outlined crab-shaped shadow following it everywhere, creating a few graphic photos that are perfect resource material for drawings and paintings but do not stand alone as good photography because it was moving so fast.

 


 

 
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