The Outer Banks of North Carolina have always been a special place for me. I’ve gone there every decade since my teens and have seen massive changes slowly take place over the years. Many fond memories remind me what interesting times I’ve had on the beaches of the wild Atlantic or in the calm waters of Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, by myself or with companions. This is one of those times, when Cindy and I did a road trip down in the winter, and appreciated just how stark and empty the shoreline is during that time of year – especially with an ominous weather front bearing down on us.
Photo info: Beach on the Atlantic side Ocracoke Beach Ocracoke Island, North Carolina January 2014 Apple iPhone 5S
Many years ago, Cindy had a week-long business conference in Hawai’i. Wow! I tagged along as her personal baggage handler and it was wonderful. We stayed in some really nice places and I explored all over the place while she had to attend tedious meetings that began early and didn’t end until late in the evening. This was one of my many day trips – the summit of Haleakalā to witness the spectacular sunset. You can read all about the AEOS telescope here.
Photo info: AEOS telescope Summit of Haleakalā Maui, Hawai’i April 2009 Leica D-LUX 4 digicam
It’s the age old issue of the American West – water. Or rather – in a land of such arid conditions – the acute lack of water. Where can you find it? When will it rain again? How much will come down? Will it be enough for my crops? My herd? My family? So many questions and so few answers. Living out West makes one hyper-aware of the weather forecasts and what the skies around are indicating. In this case, rain is definitely coming. But will it be enough?
Photo info: Summer storm approaching Alta Lakes, Colorado July 2004 Canon PowerShot G3 digicam