Winter On The Beach

Cindy on the beach
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina — January 2014
iPhone 5S + 30/2.2

Walking along the beach after the touron season has ended is always so much more satisfying… no crowds, no noise, no distractions, no intrusions, no… anything.  Just empty.

The wind is uninterrupted and blows sheets of fine sand across the surface of the beach.  There is a certain bite to the air, both from the temperature and the light sandblasting.  Ghost crabs scurry ahead of our passage and the occasional bird wheels above us to see if we offer a treat, while the dune grasses sway and bow as the weather fronts storm through.

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Glorious Fall Morning

Blueberry bushes at sunrise
Bear Rocks Preserve, West Virginia — October 2015
iPhone 6S + 29/2.2

This is one of those mornings… when you wake up and everything is just perfect with the world.

Crisp air, but not too cold.  A few clouds, but not enough to be overcast.  Perfect golden light, just right for popping all the reds and oranges.

A day when you just want to hug your partner close and soak in just being one with everything around you.

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Mono Lake Towers

Tufa around the lake shore
Mono Lake, California — October 2016
Leica M3 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

These are tufa columns, a type of limestone, from ancient hot springs forming within a saline lake — not to be confused with volcanic tuff (which can also be called tufa).  These structures can be found all around and in Mono Lake… even hundreds of feet above the current lake levels.

The whole Mono Lake area is very cool to visit and spend most of a week exploring.

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Empty Reflections

555 12th Street, NW
Washington, DC
December 2016
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

If I have some free time on my hands during a trip into DC, I like strolling the streets and looking for photo opportunities like this one.  Sometimes it takes many minutes for foot and vehicular traffic to clear the frame, but I’m patient.

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Six Miles From Nowhere

Bear Creek Schoolhouse
Cameron, Montana — October 2016
Leica M3 + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

The only real town of any size is 17 miles away.  It’s six miles from the closest place to pick up mail.

One room.  It does have heat and electricity, but no running water.

The last class of children to attend it was in 1942, and it only has one surviving student left alive today (it was a six-mile round-trip on foot when she was a first-grader in the mid-1930s).

But it’s well kept, loved, and used to this day.  Read more here.

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Nearing Sunset

Crab pots airing out
West Ocean City, Maryland — July 2017
Leica M3 + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Expired Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 processing

We have a new favorite haunt when we travel to Assateague Island National Seashore and Ocean City, Maryland… the local seafood dives in West Ocean City.  West Ocean City is the center for commercial and charter fishing in the area, and doesn’t have the intense number of tourons that choke the life out of the nearby tourist traps — plus the seafood is as fresh as can be had anywhere in the region.

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