Saturday, September 24, 2016

Milky Way Adventure

Things don't always go smoothly as everyone knows.  This was the case last night after my intrepid photo buddy Raymond and I set out to photograph the Milky Way one last time for the summer.  This field trip was not for the fainthearted.  We battled swarms of mosquitos trudging through the maritime forest, and on a moonless night it was tough to work in the dark.  Finally it was time to leave the beach at around 10 p.m. and I was looking forward to the air-conditioned comfort of my car as we marched stoically back to base, dripping sweat and bug spray, only to discover that my car key fob had come loose from the mechanical key somewhere along the way.  As other unfortunates have discovered by experience, you cannot start a push-button car without the fob.  I got my money's worth from my AAA membership with a 90 mile trip home from Hunting Island, squished with Raymond in the back of a tow truck with the car on the flatbed.  Needless to say it was a very late night.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Anticrepuscular Rays (say what?)

This is another image from yesterday evening's walk on Folly Beach.  I researched what I had seen, and am happy to enlighten y'all.  They are Anticrepuscular Rays, like sun rays, most frequently spotted at sunrise or sunset, but on the opposite horizon to the sun.  A little more subtle than your classic sun rays, but really pretty. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Summer Fades at Folly

Most of the summer crowd has left and the town of Folly Beach is settling back into a quieter season, not that Folly is ever really quiet. It's a little cooler too, although still humid, and the "no-see-ums" are swarming in the marshes, eager to devour unprotected beach walkers. We have enjoyed some wonderful cloud formations over the past few days, maybe the residual effects of Tropical Storm Julia.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

USCG Barque Eagle visits Charleston, SC

Appropriate subject matter to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11, a day that will go down in infamy. This magnificent vessel made a weekend call in Charleston, and the Coast Guard invited all and sundry to tour the ship at no charge. What a great opportunity for families looking for something different to do with their kids.  Thank you Coast Guard for your hospitality and friendly welcome.  Thank you also for protecting the shores of the USA. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Evening in Rockville, SC

It's hard these days to find places that are quiet, and that don't hum with night life and constant activity.  Rockville is still such a place, and I spent a peaceful evening here recent with a photo buddy, capturing a low country evening of marsh, creeks, shrimp trawlers, and sky.



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Charleston Fire Department & Coastguard Training Exercise

Sometimes you just trip over stuff, like we did last night.  We had decided to take the boat across the harbor to Shem Creek, and on the way back we ran into a Charleston Fire Department boat and a Coastguard helicopter conducting a training exercise.  I'm not sure the extent of it or all the details, but we did watch them lower equipment from the helicopter and put a swimmer in the water as well.  Really neat to watch.  I was glad I had my camera with me - you just never know ....

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Perseids Meteor Shower 2016

Peak viewing of the Perseids was supposed to be the night of August 12th but I wasn't able to make it out to a dark place at 3am until last night, the 13th.  There were still a lot of meteors streaking across the sky, but not very easy to capture.   Out of hundreds of exposures, one meteor found it's way into my camera frame. Still there was something magical about sitting in the pre-dawn dark, feeling the soft ocean breeze and watching all the night sky activity; satellites, meteors, constellations - all wheeling through our vast universe.  Then, of course there was the dawn.  All well worth the lack of sleep :)