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15 Minutes Will Not Save You.

I took my 85-year old mother and my cousin to stay at a friend’s house on Bald Head Island, NC this past weekend. None of us had been there, as it’s very much out of our price range. One of the things I noticed – other than the absolute tranquility – was the wildlife, specifically the SPIDERS. They were everywhere!

At the corner of the front porch of the house we stayed, there was an average-to-large brown looking spider that had a big web built. We intentionally avoided the web as to not disturb the food chain – and the mosquito eating-machine!

On the last day, I walked down the steps (avoiding the spider’s web) and took bags to the street to await the tram to take us to the ferry (no cars allowed on the island). On my way back – a 30-40 second walk – I noticed the web was in tangles and this gecko had gone to the eave where the spider slept and “got him”.

I ran into the house, got my camera, hoping he wouldn’t scurry away, and he didn’t. Apparently he wanted to world know the real Gecko!

(And maybe it’s just a green lizard, but “Gecko” makes for a better story!)

Yum.

Gecko Eats Spider

Gecko Eats Spider

Gecko Eats Spider

Gecko Eats Spider

Gecko Really Eats Spider

Gecko Really Eats Spider

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2003 Flight Centennial Documentary

In 1993, my brother and I were given the honor of documenting the making of the Wright Brother’s Sculpture that now sits at the National Park at Kill Devil Hills, NC at the Outer Banks. It’s a life-sized, interactive sculpture that includes the 1903 Flyer and statues of Orville/Wilbur Wright, John Daniels (who took the iconic photo of the first flight) and members of the Kill Devil Hills life saving station who helped Orville and Wilbur move the Flyer to and from storage.

We were also given press credentials for the 2003 Flight Centennial to put a finish on the documentary. It is that footage that I intend to re-cut into a short piece on the Centennial.

From time to time, I’ll post frame grabs from the video. Remember, in 2003, I wasn’t using HD, but mini-DV (Canon GL-1), but regardless, I think there are some interesting shots and footage.

Enjoy.

There were 100 sky divers. This one was pretty awesome!


Friday Phone Pic – 7-15-2011

I was a vendor at a trade show at Atlantic Beach and hit this restaurant around 5:00 on a November afternoon. I snapped the photo with my Blackberry, through the window at my table. I just liked the way the sun hit the little building on the pier. ┬áIt’s the background image on my phone too! Enjoy!

The End of the Day


Photo of the Day – 7/1/2011

I love aquariums and I loved the abundant colors in this photo. It was only after I took the shot that I noticed the octopus in the rock! Enjoy.

Peek-A-Boo


Camera Phone Friday – 6/25/2011

Many of the photographers that I follow in various social networks have created days where they post camera phone pictures. I think it’s a great idea and don’t mind stealing good ideas! Here is my first. The pier at Atlantic Beach during a rainstorm. Taken with my Blackberry. Enjoy.

The Pier at Atlantic Beach


Photo of the Day – 6-19-2011

I love going to aquariums. I’ll revisit them every chance I get. They are a great place to get photos of fish and it’s relatively easy. This is a jelly fish from the NC Aquarium near Atlantic Beach, NC. Enjoy.

Jelly Fish from the NC Aquarium.


Photo of the Day – 6-18-2011

Since I usually sleep until afternoon when on vacation, in a fit of mental instability, I was up to take this (after) sunrise of an unusually quiet Altantic Beach ocean. I liked the color. Enjoy.

Calm Morning at Atlantic Beach, NC.