Monthly Archives: January 2012

Day 29

In a workshop I participated in a couple of weeks ago, the presenter talked a lot about the elements of composition. One of those elements is “lines”.  While I was running some errands this afternoon, I quickly stopped by the marshwalk and found this line.  This is one of those things that some folks will like and some won’t get it. 

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Day 28

Today I helped supervise at the Belin Community Basketball League.  This is a childrens league that we host at my church. Started early this morning and lasted until mid-afternoon. When it ended I was ready to go home but I knew I had to shoot something for Day 28. At first I thought I might wait and get a night shot. But I knew that once I got home I was not going to want to go out again. So, I stopped at Capt Dicks Marina (again) to see what could be seen of interest. Nothing was yelling out at me. Walking along behind Spuds Restaurant  (co-located with Crazy Sister Marina) I happened to look up and spotted this interesting piece of architecture framed with palms. Hopefully you will find it as interesting as I did!

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Day 27

The community of Murrells Inlet is thought to be the oldest fishing village in the state. Popular legend says the community is named for a pirate, Captain Murrell, who used the inlet as a hiding place and to bury treasure, although no treasure has ever been found. Legend has it that the notorious pirate Blackbeard would lay over here from time to time during his exploits up and down the eastern coast. A more historical background is that John Morrall purchased over 600 acres here in 1731. His name has been corrupted over the years to the present spelling. The area was heavily planted in rice all along the river, and the inlet was a favored place for the plantation families to escape the heat and mosquitoes of the rice-growing plantations during what was referred to as the “fever season” of malaria. Today the picturesque village of Murrells Inlet is known as “The Seafood Capital of South Carolina” because of its many excellent seafood restaurants 

Off Murrells Inlet is Drunken Jack Island, where, according to local legend, in the early 1600s a pirate was accidentally marooned on the island, where the notorious pirate Blackbeard had stopped to unload and hide a load of hijacked rum. The pirate was left with no provisions except for the rum supply, thirty-two casks in all. Almost two years later, when the ship returned to load the rum cargo it had forgotten, all the crew found was case after empty rum case, spent rum bottles all along the shore, and the bleached bones of poor Jack. The treasure of Blackbeard is also reputed to be buried here, as well as in many other locations along the coast of the Carolinas. 

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Day 25

It is already the 25th day of January, and the weather is so nice that I was playing golf with some of my neighbors today in short sleeve shirts! It has been so nice around here that I saw many plants in bloom that you would not expect to see blooming for another couple of months – maybe longer!  I couldn’t help but wonder, however, how many of the golfers on the course today never noticed some of these blooming plants. 

Here is one that (for me) was particularly noticeable!

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Day 24

This morning I decided that I was in the mood to do some Macro work. My initial intent was to try to do some water drop splashes. Well, that didn’t work out too well, but was a learning experience and next time will be better if not completely successful. 

Having put that behind me, and still wanting to do some macro stuff, I found another object to be my subject. Here are two images for your viewing pleasure (at least I hope you like them!).

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Day 23

Today I went to the causeway at Huntington Beach State Park and found this impressive Great Blue Heron.

The Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight. This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage often stands motionless as it scans for prey or wades belly deep with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, but Great Blue Herons can strike like lightning to grab a fish or snap up a gopher. In flight, look for this widespread heron’s tucked-in neck and long legs trailing out behind.

Great Blue Herons can hunt day and night thanks to a high percentage of rod-type photoreceptors in their eyes that improve their night vision.

Despite their impressive size, Great Blue Herons weigh only 5 to 6 pounds thanks in part to their hollow bones—a feature all birds share.

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Day 22

In Chinese Astrology 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. The Year of the Dragon will start on 23 January 2012 and end on 09 February 2013.

The dates for the Chinese Horoscope coincides with the lunar calendar and the Chinese New Year will always fall somewhere between late January and mid-February. As with the Western Zodiac, the Chinese have 12 signs that follow in the same order. However, the Chinese name the actual year after one of twelve animal signs.

These Chinese Astrology signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Similar to western Astrology, every Chinese Birth Sign has a particular character and qualities. People born in a specific year are believed to take on the character and qualities of the animal after which the year is named.

The Dragon is the fifth sign in the Chinese Horoscope and signifies luck.

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Day 21

I belong to a group of folks known as the Carolinas Nature Photographers Association.  This morning I met up with some of our local CNPA’ers at the Market Commons in Myrtle Beach. We had a great time photographing ducks and geese and coots. We especially enjoyed shooting a pair of Muscovy ducks along with their chicks. 

The most distinctive feature of the muscovy ducks is the featherless, bright “lumpy” red mask around their eyes and above the beak, which is larger in the male.
Muscovies have a “crest” on the top of their heads that they can raise at will.
Males will raise this crest to fend off other males or he raises his crest to impress the females.
The male is easily identified by his face mask alone – but also by his generally larger size – in fact, the adult male is usually twice the size of the female. The female’s appearance is generally more slender than that of the male.

Hope you enjoy seeing these unique birds.

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Day 20

You never know what you might see unless you pay attention.

On the way home from a meeting, I decided to stop by the marshwalk just to see what might be happening. At first I was disappointed because it was grey, dreary, overcast, and most wildlife was napping or somewhere else. I walked down Veterans Pier just long enough to see that there was nothing to see. When I got back to the start of the Pier, I happened to notice some picnic tables that must have been painted by a close friend of Jerry Garcia!  As gloomy as the day was the table certainly brightened up my day!

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Day 18

When it is wet, cold, overcast, drizzily, rainy and just plain “blah”, that is no excuse for being able to shoot. Of course you could always use a bad weather day to shoot still life indoors but I decided to go out anyway!  

So I headed to Huntington Beach State Park. Crossing the causeway it was painfully evident that the tide was at dead low. So I decided to take a look at Sandpiper Pond. Once I got there it look like a candidate for Day 18. Take a look!

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