Shelter Cove Harbour

There was a beautiful sunset at the Harbor across from Palmetto Dunes.  We had gone out to dinner and saw the color start to tint the horizon and went over to see what it looked like.  At first, we thought we had missed it but then the sky turned orange and things were really nice.  It was a great way to spend our last evening on Hilton Head.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/13 – 1/5 sec – ISO 400

Heron fishing

I believe this is a Green Heron who was fishing along the edge of Woody Pond at the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.  I watched as this bird was concentrating hard and would periodically thrust his beak into the water and come back up with a small fish.  They must have amazing eyesight because I certainly couldn’t see anything through the reflections coming off the water.

Harris Neck is a beautiful wildlife refuge just south of Savannah, Georgia.  The peninsula was once the home of an Army airfield which was abandoned after World War II.  The area was taken over as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1962 and is home to a wide variety of  birds and other animals such as alligators.  The alligators were definitely out and about when we were there.  We saw some small ones and could hear the adults bellowing in the swampy areas.  You do need to be aware of your surroundings out here.

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
McIntosh County, GA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
500mm @ f/9 – 1/640 sec – ISO 320

Good Morning

Of the days we were in St Augustine, this was the one morning that was not rainy.  We were planning to sleep in but woke up early anyway and went out to walk the beach.  It was still a little misty on the horizon but the sunrise was really nice.  I got this shot of the sun rising through the pier with a nice reflection off the wet sand and that told me it would be a good morning.

Sunrise at St Augustine Beach pier
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
24mm @ f29 –  1/125 sec – ISO 100

Meeting the Locals

Life is always more interesting when you get to talking to people.  We were walking along the beach in St Augustine, Florida when this guy appeared and started feeding the gulls.  I snapped a couple of shots with the birds flocking around him and thought, that’st-augustine-7586s interesting and then proceeded to look for other subjects.

The next thing I knew, here comes the same guy, walking right up to me and he strikes up a conversation.  Where are you from?  He says.  So, we told him and he proceeded to give us history lessons on St Augustine and nature lessons on the different types of gulls you see here and a short history of his life which turns out to be pretty interesting.

st-augustine-7581The really amazing thing about this is that my wife and I both saw this guy and were immediately reminded of our good friend, Jim Waters, who passed away just a couple of months ago.

He was just that great, quiet, free-spirit type of guy who would have been very much at home just wandering the beach and talking to people.

We sent a message to  Jim’s wife Jan and she said it’s just another instance of Jim walking back into lives of his friends.  I can’t agree more!





Florida Gulls on St Augustine Beach
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
18mm @ f7.1 –  1/200 sec – ISO 400

Well worn

The combination of leather, worn and battered over time and metal, weathered, scraped and pitted makes a nice study on texture.  This lock on a vintage travel trunk was in a sunny corner of one of the bedrooms of Bulloch Hall.  The leather is cracked and scratched from years of wear.  I’m sure to the owners, this would bring back memories of long voyages and adventures.  Anyone can look at this and imagine packing for an extended  trip on an ocean liner.  Off to the glamour of European capitals or exotic lands.

Once again, looking at the details makes you appreciate things more.  In this case, the wear and tear of years gone by can evoke a wistful feeling that makes us long for the past and dream of the future.  I am so glad that someone cared enough to preserve this piece of history so that we can appreciate it now.

Vintage Travel trunk
Bulloch Hall – Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1/2 sec – ISO 200

CARGOES a grand Adventure and Travel game

Continuing with my macro of game pieces theme, this is another vintage board game that I inherited from my grandparents.  Cargoes is a board game introduced by Selchow and Righter in 1934 which involves trying to earn the highest amount by delivering cargo to distant ports.  Each player chooses one of the four metal cargo ships and navigates around the board picking up and delivering cargo.

It is very interesting to look at games like this and see what has changed over time.  For example, the cargoes in the game include Ivory from Africa and Turtles from the Galapagos.  Unless the game was changed to SMUGGLERS, I don’t think this would play too well in today’s world view.

The artwork is by  William Llowyn Longyear (1899-1980) an artist, author and professor who was one of the most well-known and prolific game designers of the period.  A beautiful Art-Deco style map of the world is the playing board.

See below for some more views of the game.




Central of Georgia

Junk or treasure? It depends on how you look at it.

Another of the pieces of rusty rolling stock at the Southeastern Railway Museum.  This one I found very interesting as it displays so many marks of the past.  The broken window, the reflections of other rail cars, the faded “Central of Georgia” markings all give you something to look at and ponder.  The detail as well, with the rivets of the car body and the rusty streaks of color seem almost placed there piece by piece as a decoration.

It is amazing to see such marvelous scenery in what most people would consider junk.  Ah well, I can think of worse things to spend time contemplating.

Southeastern Railway Museum
3595 Buford Highway
Duluth, GA 30096

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm at f/10 – 1/30 sec – ISO 100