theme: end of day
One of my favorite places to be in the summer. This is the Quarter Moon Shop on Topsail, NC. They have the best books from local and Indie authors, the best summer trinkets, and the absolute best iced coffees. Seriously, their Milky Way and White Whale smoothies are to die for. I almost forgot to mention the always happy and helpful staff. When I am on Topsail, I make sure this is a daily stop for me. Oh how I wish I could be there now.
In my dreams, I have a large window with this view in my home. It’s peaceful, quiet, has a private path to the beach, and has a great rocking chair to sit and read in. This was taken while on vacation on Topsail, NC. I love how everyone there names their homes. This one was called The Gritty Britches. – Diane
One of the things my family does while on vacation in Topsail NC is they eat what they catch. Throw some crab pots down in the morning and dinner is served in the evening. I am not a fan of this catch it and eat it method. I prefer not to see my meal when it was alive and moving around. When dinner was over and there were a few crabs left, I kidnapped them and gave them their own special photo shoot. I loved the red of their shells and of course now I could pose them without the fear of being pinched by the claws. A little morbid? Probably, but they are so photogenic. – Diane
The early bird catches the worm. The early photographer catches amazing light.
As I was going through my archives to find a suitable photo for this theme, I realized I need to get up earlier and take advantage of that gorgeous golden hour more often. The world seems so peaceful when you are one of the few awake to see the beauty of a sunrise.
This was taken on vacation during an early morning fishing trip. – Diane
After 2 days of downpours, the sun came out and brought lots of new life with it. I found these lovely buds next to the stairs that lead up to the porch at the beach house. I was actually working on a photography class about moving around your subject to see it from all sides. I have about a dozen shots of these buds but this angle was the best. The white from the stairs took away the annoying backgrounds from the other angles which included hanging wet bathing suits and a picnic table full of towels. It amazes me that such an easy change can really make or break a photo. – Diane
Why do fisherman insist on being on the water so early? I don’t think the fish have anywhere else to be during the day. The only good thing about getting up early and going out with the boys to fish is the sunrise. The calm water, the orange sky, the peacefulness of a new day beginning. Ah so relaxing. Then we exit the no wake zone and the fight between man and fish begins. Personally, I cheer for the fish but don’t tell my family that. Swim away little fishy, swim away. – Diane
One of the rules of vacationing at the beach house with my husband’s family is: dinner is whatever is caught that day. As I tend to be VERY squeamish, I leave the fishing and crabbing up to everyone else. On this particular day, the kids convinced me to check the crab pots with them. I knew there would be some kind of nasty bait in the pot but when they pulled it up, I wasn’t expecting a clean skeleton. After getting over my dizziness, I became fascinated at how those crabs picked the skeleton clean. I loved how white it was against the black cage. The kids rolled their eyes and started regretting inviting me to check the pots as I told them not to touch it until I got my camera. Yes kids, I know you are trying to catch dinner but mommy wants a picture of the creepy fish skeleton first. – Diane
Topsail, NC. One of the only places you can catch me willingly getting on a boat. Especially before the sun comes up. Every summer I make myself go on one of the early morning fishing trips my family takes. They fish with hooks and poles but I fish with my camera. Sunrises like this are the only reason I go. – Diane