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warm winter sunset

the sunset was not spectacular tonight, but it was so warm and pleasant out for a change i could not resist :)


winter whelk

just as i was leaving the other night i found this twosome!


whelk in ice

i sense a theme here recently :)

the harbor is not frozen although around the edges and in corners the cold nights and days have started to grow ice and snow, especially along the tide line.  yesterday afternoon i found this shell with some lovely color to it as well.  the problem was that, since the tripod (and me!) were in the slushy icy water the waves and wind would knock the large floating chunks of ice into the tripod during the longer exposures...a real challenge to get a clean shot!


incoming ice

i watched the last 2 afternoons slowly cloud over to gloomy skies...well, yesterday it was just like that all day :((  however i managed to capture a bit of color at a cloudless sunset the night before :


ice teeth

a nice low tide and ice got me out the other day, even though the light was not great...when it's really cold the receding tides leaves enough water to freeze!  this was taken an hour before sunset (well there was never a sun to set that afternoon) so this freeze happened during daylight...brrrr...



storm debris sunset

after the wild day yesterday things were a bit calmer today.  the sun finally poked through in the early afternoon, but the wind was raw and the clouds were soon as i got to the shore i saw this pile of debris left from yesterday afternoon's storm surge and wanted to compose a sunset shot around it :) i ended up taking only a few shots of it because the colors and the clouds were mostly elsewhere :( but i am pleased to have gotten this one!


storm surge

high tide was mid afternoon, and before the rains became torrential the wind picked up, 30mph +, with some real body blow gusts!!  the ice in the north end of the cove was being slammed by the south wind and waves, and along the edges of the marsh the ice was being broken up by all the action. 


sunrise this morning

rain and wind scheduled for tonight and tomorrow so sunrise had some color...and i managed to get out rather than stand and admire it and drink coffee :)


whelk in the gloaming

back to my old ways :)))

i found this guy as soon as i got to the shore...and i had been planning on using the 180mm macro lens as i had not used it recently, and it is one of my favorite lenses!  the way the sunset moment was caught in the shell was amazing, and totally unplanned...i was shooting away and noticed the glow through the viewfinder, and tried to capture as many shots as i could in the short time the light was happening...this is a favorite because i was able to slow down the exposure for the incoming tide to surround it over time :)


ice cracks in color

the same shot as previously posted, in color...


ice cracks in black & white

although i am a devoted color snob :) i admire the artists of b&w photography...admire and respect their vision to create amazing intelligent images in this color space.  i find it very challenging (translation: my success rate is very low!!), and do not do much of it as a result.  i have a color version of this image that i like, but when i started to work with it in b&w the image really came together for me :))) the composition i saw at the time (late yesterday afternoon, over half an hour after sunset) was the lines and the ice textures, and this focuses on them well without the distraction from color.  i will post the color version for comparison, but later, as i want this image to be seen alone first.


harbor ice afterglow

at last, at last, the harbor is beginning to ice up :) the last couple of days have provided some bits of color too!  sunday was particularly grand but even tonight, although weak on color, still had some good light.  here is one of the last shoots i got tonight when some spotlights of color came through the small break in the cloud bank...


low cloud sunset

earlier this week i was able to be out at sunset :) one day a huge cloud hung very low above.  i loved how, about 10:00 after the sun went below the horizon, the light was so fiercely reflected off the bottom of the well as highlights of it in the marshgrass on the shore...very cool!



christmas beach

another from my visit to the causeway beach...


winter solstice low tide

yesterday the sunset had grand gradient color after the sun went down, and it reflected on the beach at the planting island causeway...


sunset rock ice

yesterday i had a chance to shoot some ice before we get slammed with a foot of snow tonight :( it was sunset, and the ice was at the high tide line of the rocks along the shore...

and i like the melting drops in this one...


whelk window

today the water was very very still, no wind, quite mild...i spotted this guy when i walked the tideline.


december morning melt

i had a chance to return to the knockout roses one morning soon after...and with rain, snow, and cold forecast i took advantage of the opportunity!


early december rose

i don't usually associate december with roses blooming, but they sure are in a nearby outdoor garden!



late fall harbor sunset

sometimes i just need a colorful moment in a harbor sunset to make me smile...this was taken over 15:00 after the sun went down!  the other day i went out with the objective of keeping my head up - not engrossed in my macros! - and appreciating the wider view...

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