Today’s Photo: Tybee Island Lighthouse
Established as a guiding light for the budding colony of Georgia in 1732, the lighthouse on Tybee Island is one of the oldest in the United States. It now stands 154 feet tall at the mouth of the Savannah River and still lights the way for mariners.
I took this shot after taking the 178 stairs to the top and back down. Fortunately, we made it before they shut the lighthouse down that day due to an approaching storm.
Today’s Photo: The Jetties
One of my favorite places in Panama City Beach are the jetties along the pass at St. Andrews State Park. It is always fun to go watch the boats coming and going. My favorite are not the small ones, but the large transport ships. It amazes me to see them navigate such a small area. It is hard to believe that the water is deep enough for most of them.
Today’s Photo: Driftwood
One afternoon while we were visiting St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, I decided to take a stroll from the ocean to the northern point of the park along the beach for the bay. I found many interesting things, but was fascinated with this piece of driftwood. I found several logs, but nothing other than this that was man made, or processed. I know that the ocean holds many mysteries and transports things you would never believe, but I was impressed that this beach was so clear of garbage.
Today’s Photo: Mt. Sterling (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
This shot is from the top of the fire tower on Mount Sterling in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park looking east over North Carolina. The day before this, I hiked just over 6 miles and gained over 4000 feet of elevation in that time, carrying all my camera gear and camping gear. What a climb, but well worth it for views and a sunrise like this. I almost did not get out of the hammock, as it was so cozy. Fortunately I did.
Today’s Photo: Fort Pulaski
It has been a while since I visited a Civil War park and this is a continue of my Silent Guns of the South series.
Built in the early 1800’s and finished in 1847, this fortification has a long history. It was named after Count Casmir Pulaski and, at one point, commanded by Robert E. Lee before the beginning of the Civil War. During his command, Lee commented that the fort was impenetrable. However, that was to be proven wrong years later during an assault by Union soldiers using rifled cannons. After a 30 hour assault, Confederate commander, Col. Olmstead, surrendered the fort.
This shot is from the rear of the fort and the demilune. During the Civil War, this was flat with a surrounding parapet and held different support buildings. Between the demilune and the fort, is another portion of the moat.
Today’s Photo: Stars over Amicalola
I took the family camping for a night at Amicalola Falls State Park a couple weekends ago. They slept in tents while I tried out the new hammock that I’m using for my hike through the Great Smoky Mountains. Well, I decided to spend a little time shooting the stars over the campsite while I waited for a meteor shower. The hammock was too comfortable and I did not make it late enough for the meteor shower, but I did get a couple shots before crashing.
Today’s Photo: Long Distance Sunset
For the last several weeks, it seems that my timing has been off for everything. Mostly, the time I get to go out and take photos and it almost never coincides with sunrise or sunset anymore. I was able to get this one a couple of months ago. I was out just before sunset and convinced my wife that I needed to stop. I got a little quality time with the red orb in the sky.
Today’s Photo: Evening at the Barn
I was headed home the other evening after it had rained nearly all day. The clouds were still pretty thick but had some big breaks between and lots of sun. They were moving quickly across the sky and the bright patches of sunlight flew across the fields. I stopped and tried several times to capture the bright and dark patches and ended up making it to this barn. I thought it looked good in the early evening light.
Today’s Photo: A Jasper Sunset
Well, it looks like the sunset season is going to be good. At least that is for now. We have had storms about once or twice a week and seem to be finishing just around sunset. This one was not one of those days, but still had a few high flying clouds.