Rainbow at sunset, Lewisville TX.
Three nights ago, I was out taking photos of storm clouds in the setting sun, and flock of herons crossed by.
Here are some beautiful but omenous clouds in front of a major storm that just hit Mineral Wells, west of Fort Worth, with baseball-sized hail.
Alain and I flew to North Carolina for three days ( a little business trip and I tagged along—he threatened to take my camera with him and I was sure I could not manage without it!) We drove around the eastern countryside between Raleigh and Washington (NC) through old, old towns (it takes a looong time for wooden doors to shred, and a looong time for conditions to be just right for vines to sprout then twirl round and round, entwined and squished between panes of glass!) …old, old farms: tobacco, cotton, peanuts.. and an interesting gas station.
There is a lot of history in NC - fossil, human/settlers and Civil War history. We stayed at Kitty Hawk (first flight – Wright bros.) and walked the shores at various places along the narrow coast of the Outer Banks. We watched the sun rise and dolphins feed - too far away for good photos, even with the telephoto. As soon as the sun rose they swam away.
Along Cape Hatteras, groups of Grackles ate ripe grass seeds, bouncing up and down on the stems, their bodies too heavy for the tall grasses.
On Pony Island a large sand crab tried to buff up and look tough, but it was quite vulnerable there out in the open; all the other crabs scurried into holes but this one stayed, trying to hide in footprints, which offered no protection if we had been birds looking for a hearty meal.
Great fun to watch the behaviour for a while. It’s clearly outlined crab-shaped shadow following it everywhere, creating a few graphic photos that are perfect resource material for drawings and paintings but do not stand alone as good photography because it was moving so fast.
Just off the 2 1/2 hr. long ferry at Swan Quarter, and sunset with a short, wide rainbow after a storm that we managed to escape and watch from the better side.
NO OLF – we were curious about this sign in many people’s yards. The following website shows a video describing how the U.S. Navy has purchased over 30,000 acres of land near the eastern North Carolina coast, planning to move their pilot training program from Virginia.
Part of the huge contraversy is that over 75 families would be forced to leave their homes, many of them farming that land for generations. The human issues are enough, but the cause and effect on the wildlife and ecology would be drastic and unrepairable. Thousands of ducks and large flocks of snowgeese that feed in the area annually would no longer have sanctuary. The large birds would also be a danger to the jets.
Evening storm clouds accumulating at about 5:30 p.pm. – mid July, Stony Plain, Alberta
Sky falling ~ Airdrie Alberta, July 2007
“Trainstorm” ~ Montana in July
Flying is not the thrill it used to be, and not necessarily because of unpredictable weather. I would much rather drive anywhere than fly. Crossing the border into the U.S. at Calgary, had Customs Officers allowed me to keep my dangerous tube of toothpaste, it could have been more intimidating to passengers than the bleach-pen.
Driving up through Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, then Montana to Alberta. Awesome, awesome.
(Back to Dallas August 8th.)
Lisco, Nebraska – The Lazy U Motel
Southeastern Montana, sunset