North Carolina Night Sky

We make an annual trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. For the last two years, we have been trying a little astrophotography at the beach. We use our Canon SL2 with a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens mounted on a tripod and triggered by a Vello intervalometer.  The following clip was made from a sequence of forty-eight 20 second long exposures at ISO 6400. The bright object in the upper half of the video is Saturn.  Watch for the shooting star in the last few seconds of the video.


Showing the Colors at the North Carolina Aquarium

This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Ceremony.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores observed Memorial Day today with the showing of the colors in the Living Shipwreck tank in the Ocean Gallery. Four divers participated in the ceremony, along with dozens of fish.

This photo was taken on May 28, 2018.


Cape Lookout Lighthouse — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter L

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter L – Needs to have at least two syllables.

This is the Cape Lookout Lighthouse as seen across Onslow Bay from 17.2 km (about 10.7 miles) away in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.  This photo was taken with a digital point-and-shoot camera at its maximum focal length, resting on the railing cap of a balcony (i.e., without a tripod). Arguably not the greatest picture ever taken of this lighthouse, we were nevertheless pleased that conditions that evening allowed us to capture this soft nostalgic image.

This photo was taken on May 31, 2014. Specs are:

Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, ISO 320, f/5.8, 1/200 sec, 150.5 mm

Natty Greene before the brewery

A few years ago we visited Greensboro, North Carolina, and enjoyed lunch in Natty Greene’s, a downtown brewpub with an on-site seven barrel brewery. After this visit, we began to notice Natty Green’s bottled beers in grocery stores. Not being from the South, we did not immediately make the connection from Natty Greene’s to Nathanael Greene, after whom Greensboro is named.

This past weekend, we visited the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park which preserves the site of the March 15, 1781, battle between the American forces in the South, led by Major General Nathanael Greene, and the British troops led by Lt. General Charles, Earl Cornwallis.  This battle was the largest of the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaign.  Although his forces won that battle, General Cornwallis stated

“I never saw such fighting since God made me. The Americans fought like demons.”

An imposing statue of General Nathanael Greene stands in a large open area of the park. Here are some photos of this beautifully-crafted statue.

In front of the statue of General Greene stands a statue of Athena, goddess of wisdom, war, strategy, industry, justice and skill.

These photos were taken on August 27, 2017 with an Olympus TG-4 camera. Specs are available by clicking on each photo.

For much more about this battle and the park, visit the website at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park North Carolina..


Atlantic Beach Walk

This photo was taken on the beach near Fort Macon at Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Many who walk this beach carry a collecting bag and scan the large offerings of seashells for just that perfect shell to take home as a souvenir. The woman walking on the left in the photo already has a start on her collection.

Atlantic Beach Walk

This photo was taken on May 29, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus  TG-4, ISO 100, f/8, 1/320 sec, 4.5 mm

Great Wall of China

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Glasses, Cups, Saucers.

This is a photo of the garden beside the sound-side porch of Amos Mosquito’s Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China

This photo was taken on June 3, 2017.

(Ready Aim) FIRE!

This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Detonate.

Fort Macon State Park at Beaufort Inlet at the eastern end of Bogue Banks in North Carolina is a popular destination for vacationers. Garrisoned during the Civil War (by both sides in turn), the Spanish–American War, and World War II, it has a long (albeit non-continuous) military history. In addition to guided tours of the casemates restored to their original functions, tourists can view reinactments of the “Evening Gun” (loading and firing of a 19th Century cannon) and the loading and firing of a 19th Century musket of the type used by both North and South during the Civil War. The photo shows a demonstration of musket firing at the moment of detonation. (The ammunition used is a two-ply toilet paper Minié ball.)

(Ready Aim) FIRE!

This photo was taken on May 29, 2017.  Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/5, 1/640 sec, 33 mm