On one of the evening trips to Bodie Island lighthouse, as we were approaching the entrance, I noticed the clouds were starting to look really interesting. My father and I just crossed over the Oregon Inlet bridge coming from the south. I pulled over on the side of the road where and tried to find some clearing in the trees and brush. It wasn’t easy and to make matters worse, there were telephone lines and poles lining the road. I climbed up on top of our truck and captured this shot while fighting off the mosquitoes.
While on our summer vacation this year, my wife was kind enough to not mind if I got up early each morning in an attempt to get some photography in of the area. One of the days, my father joined me and we made a 45 min trip to Bodie Island Lighthouse. Actually, I ended up making several trips to that lighthouse because the weather wasn’t always cooperating. I posted one of the shots of the lighthouse a few days ago and I will have a few more to follow. On one of the many trips to the lighthouse, I had spotted a stretch of dunes that had some interesting fencing. Most of it along Route 12 is broken and not very appealing. I saw this area numerous times and wanted to stop but kept putting it off. On this particular morning, a bank of fog was rolling through and the sun was still low. My father and I stopped and took in the sites and watched the fog roll through. This was one of the few times when the bugs weren’t eating us alive.
While serving in the Navy, I was stationed in one of the best places in the world for 4 years. I lived on a military base at Royal Air Force (RAF) Edzell, Scotland. The base was about 45 minutes south of Aberdeen in the North Western part of the country. It was a great assignment to say the least. While stationed there, I was working out of my normal job and serving as the Base Photographer. It was too good to be true for me. I discovered this little town called Dollar that was about 30 minutes south of the base. I was told there was a nice forest walk there with a few waterfalls and nice scenery. One weekend I packed up and headed in search of the town – as it wasn’t even marked on the map I had.
Once I found it I spent a good part of the afternoon exploring and photographing. This shot was of one of the main falls along the walk. It is about 15 feet high. If you look closely at the top, you can see the walkway goes above and right along the top of the falls. This was from the days of my medium format camera and slide film. The image was scanned with a MicroTek Film Scanner and with some minor adjustments.