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April 22, 2012

Sunrise Over Punta Cana

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I drug my hungover ass out of bed and trudged down to the beach with my trusty Leica to try and catch a sunrise while on vacation. It was the kind of “all-inclusive syrupy mess” hangovers. At first, I thought it was too cloudy, as it was still rather dark out. As the light started to fill the morning sky, I was happy to see just a spread of clouds, mostly in the distance. I sat on one of those massage tables on the beach and waited, still in a haze of my own. It was worth the effort! I quickly found a chair on the beach for a well deserved nap.

Sunrise Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Where was your favorite sunrise?


The Sky Lights Up

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Every year, my extended family packs up and heads to Sunset Beach, NC for vacation. Lots of food, booze, and relaxing ensues.

Within the last year or so, a brand new bridge was completed to span the Intracoastal Waterway. It replaced an old single lane swing bridge. We walked up to the top to take some pictures at sunset.

The sky lights up.

Sunset Over the Waterway

April 17, 2012

Sunset Beaching It

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We packed up the truck and took a ride east to Sunset Beach, NC to visit the family for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The weather had been unseasonably warm with the sun shining and waves crashing.

A few of my favorites from the walk on the beach.

Sunset Pier

Sunset Beach Store

I always love how a black and white photo can make things seem so much more powerful.

Sunset BW

Under the pier downtown, it’s where I drew some blood!
Pretty sure that’s how that Chili Peppers song went right?

Under the Pier

March 5, 2011

Back to the Beach!

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It was great to head back to the beach for a weekend, hang out with friends and family, and do some eating and drinking. Thanks to all who made it out to take the city down!

Sunday morning came early but I was greeted by Mother Nature pushing 80 degrees so I had to go out and shoot with the new camera. Met up with my friend Steven and bombed around!

Wrightsville Beach



Cheek Focus

Sunspree View

Sunspree Parrot

To the Beach!

Hahahaha! Look at who is riding on the back…classic!
Strapped In

We then hit up the river, to check out what was going on downtown.

Serious Business

Emergency Preparedness

And no doubt the best part of the trip…I got to hang out with my nieces for a few days! Riding bikes with no training wheels (at 4!!) and the other cruising along on her new bike.
Bike Fun




January 19, 2011

Charlotte Amalie

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Spontaneity. After talking with the wife about doing more on a whim in 2011, this was the perfect way to start. New Year’s Eve, we had great seats to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, to watch South Carolina and Florida State square off. After the game, we walked from the Georgia Dome to Peachtree Center to watch the Peach drop with friends. After walking back to the car, I realized that Monday was a holiday for me, and the wife was on vacation for the week.

Soooooo, we got home, pulled up Google Maps, and tried to decide on our destination. Flights were pretty full across the board, but we took a shot at some place warm and decided on Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas. Two days later, I was back at work, dreaming of that sand and sun.

I didn’t want to lug my big camera, so these were all taken with my point and shoot.

The island from the plane on the way in.
Island from the plane

Birds eye view of the cruise ships.
Cruise Ship



Sunset over the bay with the cruise ship leaving port.

Sunset on the bay

The view from our balcony at the hotel.
Hotel Balcony View



Beautiful beach. Much better sand in the water than Grand Cayman. No rocks.

The climb to the hotel.
Step Up

WrappedClouds Rising

Marriott Villas

Shades of blue

The pool deck overlooking the Caribbean.
Pool to sea


Bay from the hill

January 17, 2011


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January 16, 2011


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January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

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2011! Wow…
Well there is a story to this picture, but it will have to wait a few days…


October 13, 2010

Ten Ten Ten

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What a great date. Only thing that will be better is 11.11.11. I love love love numbers and dates like that. It is just sooo clean!

So I spent the weekend back in Wilmington, tying up a few remaining loose ends. We spent much of the time at the beach, as the weather was upper 80s with sun and blue skies. It may be our last time at the beach this year, so we wanted to make it count!

Started off the day right at Two Guys…healthy salad meets platter of fries! POW!
2 Guys

We got there at low tide but the view was spectacular! Not too crowded…just right.
Hunkered Down

The water was a bit chilly but still swimmable by all standards. Decent waves were rolling in.



Our stomachs were getting the best of us, so we headed down to the pier to grab some lunch. Oceanic on outdoors!

View from our table
View From Pier

Coming back home over the waterway. The sun was hitting the sail boats just right.
Bridge Crossing

The good life!

October 8, 2010

Heading Home

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Finalizing a few last things and I get to hang out with my wife for a few. Major Plus.

Sunrise Wrightsville Beach, NC

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