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Skellig Michael: Puffin Up Close and Personal

This past Summer, we took a trip to Scotland and Ireland. While in Ireland we got the chance to visit Skellig Michael. Yes, the island where the latest Star Wars films were shot. One of the amazing features of this island (and the reason there were Porgs in the films) are the Puffins. They were EVERYWHERE and you could get so close to them. It was by far one of my favorite places in Ireland. 

Topsail Storms: Out to Sea

We went back for our annual trip to Topsail only to have it cut short thanks to Hurricane Florence. However I was luck enough to get some shots before we had to go. This is one of my current favorites and I am thinking about making it a triptych for the wall.

Lazy 5 Ranch: Hello There

If you ever have a change to pop by Lazy 5 Ranch, it is well worth the trip. You really get a chance to get up close and personal with some of the animals. I was feet away from this Giraffe.

Topsail Storms: After the Storm

The sky was perfect for a black and white shot after a storm. I love the sky against the water in this shot.

Topsail Storms: Clouds Like Fire

As I looked up as the storm began to pass overhead I was astounded by the wicked look and texture of the clouds. When I turned it black and white it almost took on the look of fire.

Topsail Storms: Rain on Waves

Here is a panorama as the storm progressed up the coast to begin to encompassed us as well. I really liked how the rain coming down started to give the waves a softer look. 

Topsail Storms: Rays and Rain

As one of the storms headed out to the ocean it then started making its way up the coast. I really liked how this shot looked in black and white and had some faint sun rays and well as the rain in the same shot. Location: Topsail Island, NC Settings: f/2.8, ISO 100, 1/500 of
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Topsail Storms: Night Lightning

On a recent trip to Topsail Island, NC we had a thunderstorm roll out to the ocean at night. The lightning was lighting up the landscape from pitch black and I knew it would be a great time to try and capture some!

Topsail Storms: The Wicked Shelf

While at Topsail we had a couple storms come through and over the coming weeks I will be posting shots from them.  For the first one, I thought I would share this shot of a massive shelf cloud boring down on the beach. I was almost giddy as I stood out taking pictures of it while the gust front blew through and then I scrambled for cover as the rain began coming down. Living in a hilly, forested state, it is so very rare to get a great view of a storm like this! Needless to say, I was a little excited. 

Rosemary on Ice

I figure since it is so hot out, I would try to help cool things down with some shots I took after an early winter snow storm. The rosemary was peeking out and I loved the juxtaposition of the green herb on a field of snow. Location: Gibsonville, NC

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