30 Day Project: Day 30 - Farewell 2011

This is the last sunset of year. What a beautiful final day of 2011; sunny and in the mid 60s. We spent the last few hours of daylight at Beaver Dam, walking around and driving around enjoying the mild afternoon. Before we left, we went back to the beach to see if we could catch the sunset. We parked and I jogged toward the beach. I was only able to get 3 exposures before the sun tucked behind the treeline. Nice that a Great Blue Heron was flying along the water at that moment. sunset2011

30 Day Project: Day 28

This photo is from the Sanderson High School theater production: The Rimers of Eldritch. It was an impressive production and well acted. The play does not unfold in a linear fashion and jumps forward and backward from a time perspective with a mystery woven in as well. I may have to go back for another performance now that I finally figured out what transpired....I think.

These two actors were very impressive and I like this photo of them. The lighting was constantly changing and the entire cast is onstage the entire time. Tricky stuff. Flickr Set can be found: Sanderson High School Theater | The Rimers of Eldritch, December 2011
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30 Day Project: Day 27

You never know what you'll see at a soccer tournament. Santa-Hippie-Buffet-Dad? He walked by me twice about 45 minutes apart and I took a photo each time. You can see how the sun being lower in the sky brought nicer lighting to even this kind of boring photo.

Photo on the left was taken at 3:12pm and the photo on the right was taken at 4:00pm. I was also seated for the second photo as opposed to standing. Both differences make the 2nd photo better in my opinion.
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30 Day Project: Day 25

This is not the photo I'd hoped to take. We went for a Thanksgiving Day walk around a nearby (small) lake. The reflection of the morning sun onto the geese was kind of cool and I wanted to take a photo of it. When I put down my backpack to retrieve my camera, all the geese thought I was getting out bread for them and the paddled right out of the nice light. There was a bit of it still hitting this goose so I took the photo anyway. Sorry geese, I had no bread. 30day_project_day25_001

30 Day Project: Day 23

This is the main street in Plymouth, NC. It's a tiny town along the Roanoke River. After our day in Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge and Pettigrew State Park. Our plan had been to eat lunch somewhere overlooking the river, but nothing appeared open. So we stopped at a waterfront park, took a look a the river and then went on our way. It was so sleepy that I could stand in the center of the street for quite awhile and take this photo.
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30 Day Project: Day 22

This is Phelps Lake in Washington County. Pettigrew State Park skirts its shore in a couple of places. It's the second largest natural lake in NC. There are some unique characteristics about this lake; it's very shallow, less than 10 feet anywhere in lake and it's quite clear....on calm days. Given that this was a rather windy day, it looked pretty murky.
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30 Day Project: Day 21

I noticed yesterday that I had two day 17s...so we're on to day 21.

I'm lucky to be married to a very observant man. He's great for finding things, remembering where I put things, and also finding wildlife and spotting birds when we're camping or hiking. He didn't disappoint on Saturday when we decided to take a day trip to Pocosin National Wildlife Refuge. Our goal was actually to see some migratory birds (Tundra Swans and Snow Geese). We achieved that goal, but clearly we need to go back when they populations swell to nearly 100,000. As we were deciding to drive over to Pettigrew State Park, the GPS took us back through the NWR. That's when he spotted a few black blobs along the edge of a cleared field. Four bears....a Mama and three cubs. Mama kept an eye on us, despite a great distance between us. Eventually she wandered out to the field and allowed me to get this photo. Bear_001
Eventually we felt we needed to leave her alone and got back in the car and continued down the road. Then we (or he, I should say!) noticed that the bear was headed to the road where we had just been. G turned around quickly and we headed back to try to get a better view. These two photos were taken from the car after an abrupt stop, so they aren't the greatest (and the lighting was now completely different since the bear was backlit as compared to the first photo). Very cool to see a bear move that quickly. She crossed the road and then into and out of a canal with great ease. Bear_003 Bear_002