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Monthly Archives: February 2010

It only took one tree to take out the power… 

"Night Moves" (Electrical Repair Workers & Trucks, Multiple Exposures) Nikon D300, 18mm, F/11, 6s, ISO 200, Silver Efex Pro B/W Filter

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"After the Nor'easter" (High Tide Waves Crashing Against Lynch Park Seawall) Nikon D300, 50mm, F/16, 1/320s, +0.3EV, ISO 640

What the hell is WRONG with me?

That is the question I should have been asking when I jumped off the sea wall, at high tide after a Nor’easter, to get this shot!

Fact of the matter is, I tried all conceivable angles from atop the wall and nothing was properly capturing the power of the incoming tide. The sight was amazing; the sound, deafening.

So there I was, faced with (really) the only choice. All I had to do was jump. 

Yes, I got completely soaked.

Yes, the water was freezing.

And, YES, it was TOTALLY worth it! 😀

Last night’s storm was fierce! The winds were pretty scary at times (gusting up to 67 mph!) and driving around today, I saw considerable damage to property, power lines, trees, fences and signs. Tree crews are working all over the city to clean up the damage. It’s a mess out there! 

In addition to wind damage, there is flooding everywhere. (Sump pumps are working overtime, for sure). At one house, their front lawn looked like a pond! And, yes, if ducks had been swimming in it, I wouldhave taken a photo. 🙂 

“Drain-O” (Water Drain in Stone Wall, Lynch Park) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/10, 1/60s, ISO 250

Not wanting to deal with all the mayhem, I headed over to Lynch Park to watch the waves. And watch was pretty much all I could do as the rough surf and wind made it too treacherous for me to attempt any real photography. Shame, the waves were incredible. 

So, I continued to walk around the park and came upon a drain in a stone wall that usually puts out little more than a trickle. 

Not today… 🙂

I’ve been knee-deep in inventory (gotta love tax season), so I am forced to dig into the photo archives. Since it has been raining for two days straight (with no end in sight), a duck image seemed appropriate. They are the only ones who would favor this kind of weather! 🙂 

Though these birds are native to Australia and the near-by islands, I didn’t have to travel that far to snap this shot. Luckily, a small tribe make their home on Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (a favorite place of mine to visit).

Unlike our local Mallards, this species prefers the grasslands but will congregate during the day with other waterfowl on the margins of rivers, swamps, marshes and lagoons.

“Duck à l’Orange” (Plumed Whistling Duck, Dendrocygna eytoni) Nikon D300, 170mm, F/9, 1/320s, -0.3EV, ISO 400

Looking back, I am not sure why I photographed the bird at such an irregular angle. But somehow, I think it works! 🙂

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