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Bullhead Mountain

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Bullhead Mountain

Exploring trails at private mountain retreat in the snow

This recent snow from the "bomb cyclone" or whatever cute name we're supposed to call it calls to mind the trip McCrae and I made to Bullhead Mountain a few weeks ago. It had snowed a few days before we drove up to a small town outside Boone to stay at a mountain cabin owned by McCrae's uncle and aunt, and in the morning when we pulled on our warmest hats and coats the drifts lay deep in the mountain shadows.

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Abandoned Bridges and Fog

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Abandoned Bridges and Fog

Exploring strange places in the gloom of autumn

It was a foggy day in October and we were exploring. There were some abandoned places McCrae had noticed on some recent drives around the area that invited us out on a dreary weekend morning for an adventure. We first drove out to Chatham County to the Haw River, finding some small access point hidden off the highway - one of those gravel lots you might see and have some passing curiosity from the road as it flashes past your car window, but that you never actually stop and explore. It led down to a long wide dam next to the highway bridge over the river, all silt and rocks and rushing water and rusted cans and graffiti.

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Labor Day Playlist: Year 3 - Movement

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Labor Day Playlist: Year 3 - Movement

Annual playlist focuses on music that inspires movement

Four years ago on Labor Day weekend I went on a backpacking trip near Blood Mountain along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. While the hiking trip and the company was great, that long agonizing drive down to Atlanta in awful Labor Day traffic sticks in my memory, and so for the past few years I've created playlists to kick off long road trips on Labor Day weekends. This year I pulled pieces that inspire movement. It's a playlist that I hope drives you to something new, whether it moves you to go on an adventure, or to make a change in your life, or to do something good in the world. Enjoy!

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Two Minutes and Thirty-Seven Seconds

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Two Minutes and Thirty-Seven Seconds

Even in a remote wilderness, the solar eclipse draws a crowd

Some photography requires just the right setup, just the right lighting, just the right variables, just the right whatever, but that's not how I operate in the backcountry. I just want to watch, to identify some small moment and capture it forever.

Two minutes and thirty-seven seconds is hardly enough time for that.

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Come for the Volleyball Game, Stay for the Blooper Reel

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Come for the Volleyball Game, Stay for the Blooper Reel

Because what's a photo shoot without some bloopers?

Ah yes, there's nothing like popping down to the local park and having a picnic and playing a bit of volleyball one day after work. I needed volleyball pics for the Wake County parks project, and my friends and co-workers had just finished up their recreational volleyball season with a respectable second place, so I grabbed a "Congratulations!" cookie cake, some others brought a bucket of fried chicken, and we had little fun at Lake Crabtree. 

We came for the volleyball pics at the park. We stayed for the blooper reel. I took way too many photos, but all the outtakes are priceless. Enjoy!

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Friday Favorites - Park Photos

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Friday Favorites - Park Photos

10 Wake County parks. Lots of fun photos!

It's Friday, Fri-yay! Who's got a long weekend ahead for July 4th? I'm taking off Monday to do some exploring, and yes I'll have my camera with me!

I've talked a bit about the Wake County parks project, but here's the run-down:

10 parks in Wake County. New websites and brochures. Lots of photos by yours truly. Yep, you've got the picture, and here are a few of my favorites so far!

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