Day 195…Rachel Carson Reserve

Welcome to day 195 of  365 photos…the photos today are of the wild ponies as seen from Beaufort on the Rachel Carson Reserve. The reserve is across Spooners Creek.  Mr. B and I came to Morehead City this morning, separately together. :-) I had a dentist appointment and he needed to take his truck in for a repair. While the truck was being repaired and after my appointment, we met and drove in my vehicle to Beaufort. We have lived in this area for almost three years but this is the first summer that we have spent here.

We have driven through Beaufort MANY times since we moved here, looking towards the Rachel Carson Reserve and Carrot  Island trying to see some of the wild horses. Today was surprising because we saw three different groups of them. They really didn’t care about all the tourists paddling around them. Needless to say, my 400mm lens was not quite long enough, but I thought I would share a few of the photos that I took.

Our granddaughter will be here for a visit next month and she and I will have to take a kayak trip out to the island for some better photos. Until then, here a few from across the “creek”. Keep in mind, these were taken in the middle of the day, across the creek and it was quite hazy.

Wild horses

Pretty far away but this group was the closest – I think the one laying down is the new foal.

Camera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 80-400mm
Focal Length: 350mm – Aperture: f/5.6 – Shutter Speed: 1/1600  second – ISO: 280

Day 195 - 365 Project - Rachael Carson Reserve

These women were taking photos with their camera phones. Horses were quite close to them.

more ponies

This group was really far off.

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Day 194…Days End

Welcome to day 194 of  365 photos…days end.  I loved the silhouette of the flags flying in the breeze at sunset at the boat ramp on Emerald Isle. It seemed like there wouldn’t be much of a sunset when all of a sudden, it lit up the sky. Perfect ending to what seemed like a very long day.  Did you have a sunset in your neighborhood?Day 194 - 365 Project - Days  EndCamera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 80-400mm
Focal Length: 50mm – Aperture: f/8.0 – Shutter Speed: 1/320  second – ISO: 100

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Day 193…Raindrops

Welcome to day 193 of 365 photos…Raindrops are falling on my head… Another rainy day here on the Crystal Coast! I decided to take a ride to see if I could find something to photograph for todays photo. Here is what I saw.

Day 193 - 365 Project - Raindrops

Looking through my windshield at the boat ramp & dock at Cedar Point Tideland Trail.

Camera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 18-300mm
Focal Length: 50mm – Aperture: f/5.6 – Shutter Speed: 1/500  second – ISO: 140

Shrimp Boat

Raindrops on my windshield looking at a shrimp boat

The next photo is in downtown Swansboro. The rain had let up some and these Muscovy ducks were waddling down the street in search of puddles. They have an entire river around but they seem to really like the sidewalks and streets best. There are quite a few of these around Swansboro and they wander around at will. I guess someone must feed them but I don’t know who. Rumor has it that the ducks were brought over on a ship in the 1700′s.Muscovy Ducks in SwansboroHopefully the rain will stop tomorrow so that I can come up with some interesting photos. Time will tell.

Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.

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Day 192…Rainy Day

Welcome to day 193 of  365 photos…it was a rainy day today. We can’t complain though when so many places in the US are so dry. We had a gentle rain for most of the day and even the thunder that rolled through early in the day was the gentle rolling kind – if you can say that about thunder. It was one of those rainy days for curling up with a book or taking a nap – in fact, I did both. :-)

By dinner time the rain had mostly ended and I walked out in the back yard to look for a photo for today. Turns out that I liked the look of the water on the leaves and I especially like how they looked on the palm fronds. I think the greens with the water droplets are really pretty. What do you think?Day 192 - 365 Project - Rainy DayCamera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 18-300mm
Focal Length: 52mm – Aperture: f/5.6 – Shutter Speed: 1/400  second – ISO: 1600Water droplets on the leavesGlad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.

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Day 191…National Ice Cream Day

Welcome to day 191 of  365 photos…Did you know that today is National Ice Cream Day? In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. He also declared that the third Sunday in July would be National Ice Cream Day – bless his heart!!

Mr. B & I decided to celebrate this great day by driving to the Sweet Spot on Emerald Isle for an ice cream cone. The Sweet Spot has an old-fashioned ice cream parlor feel. They have a LOT of different flavors and they have plenty of help so that no one has to stand in line for long. The outside has colorful beachy-looking rockers for a place for folks to sit and enjoy their ice cream.Day 191 - 365 Project - National Ice Cream DayCamera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 18-300mm
Focal Length: 21mm – Aperture: f/4.5 – Shutter Speed: 1/500  second – ISO: 360Look at the girls waiting on folksBehind the scenesYummySince this is also National Ice Cream Month  – you still have time to get some ice cream! Have it in a bowl or cone. I had peach ice cream in a sugar cone and Mr. B had cookie dough in a regular cone. What’s your favorite? I scream – you scream – we all scream for ice cream.

Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.

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Day 190…Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Welcome to day 190 of  365 photos…these hummingbirds were going to be my photo for yesterday but when I found the kids swimming, I decided to use those, so these were actually taken yesterday. I set up tripod and remote and attempted to get photos of the hummingbirds fighting for the feeder. The dominant bird is the male and he does NOT want to share, so as soon as the other hummers show up, he is after them. I see photos all the time a backyard feeder with a hummingbird at each station and others flying around waiting their turn. Ours NEVER act that way, no matter where we have had hummingbird feeders out. They are constantly chasing each other and trying move all the others off of their feeder. I sometimes wonder how they heck any of them get any of the nectar.

It’s no secret that hummingbirds are fast!! According to allaboutbirds.org: “The Ruby-throated Hummingbird beats its wings about 53 times a second. They fly straight and fast but can stop instantly, hover, and adjust their position up, down, or backwards with exquisite control“.  I attempted to get clear photos for over two hours yesterday. I was trying not to get wing blur but that didn’t happen. The following photos are a few of the ones that I took. Even thought they have some blur, it is amazing to see the detail on one of these little birds. These are one of the most entertaining species of birds to watch with all their antics. Do you have hummingbird feeders out? Day 190 - 365 Project - Ruby-throated HummingbirdCamera: Nikon D7100 – Lens: Nikon 18-300mm
Focal Length: 175mm – Aperture: f/5.6 – Shutter Speed: 1/640  second – ISO: 140 (Mode: Aperture Priority – Cropped for composition)Female Ruby-throated hummingbird2 Hummingbirds Zooming past each otherMany people think that these birds use their beaks like a straw to drink but they actually use their tongue to “slurp” nectar or to catch a bug in air.  The picture below is fuzzy but it shows one of the birds with his tongue out. Hummingbird with tongue out.Glad that you stopped by my self-project of a photo a day for 365 days. If this is your first time to my site and you wonder what this 365 days of photos is all about, click HERE to read the original post. Settings are added to the photos so that I can remember what I’ve used and can see if any future photos done with other settings turn out better or worse. Remember, this project is all about my learning more about photography.

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