Archive for December, 2010

Skywatch Friday: Full Moon Eclipse

December 31, 2010

Eclipse of the full moon, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. December 21, 2010.

This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

As you know, Monday night – Tuesday morning of last week was somewhat special.  We had an eclipse of the full moon.

Betsy and I saw the full moon when we went out to dinner Monday night.  But since we had had a long drive that day, we went to bed before the eclipse began.  However, we got up about 3 o’clock in the morning and went out to see the tail end of the eclipse.  The picture above was taken at that time on Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

 

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Barefoot Landing After Dark

December 30, 2010

Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. December 21, 2010.

One evening at the beach, Betsy and I, after a delicious seafood dinner, stopped by Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Barefoot Landing in a shopping and entertainment complex built around a small lake along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Although the restaurants and theater were busy, most of the shops were closed.  That was fine with us, since we were interested in seeing the lights reflected in the lake.  The crosswalks across the lake were decorated with garlands of lights and presented a pretty view.  This picture was taken from the boardwalk around the lake near one of the crosswalks.

Watery Wednesday #120: Stonewall Falls

December 29, 2010

Stonewall Falls, Tiger, Georgia. December 19, 2010.

This is my post for Watery Wednesday.  To see more of our beautiful watery world, or to join and post your own pictures to share, click HERE.

If  you know anything at all about Betsy and me, you know that if it is at all possible we will work at least one waterfall into any trip that we take.  When we went to the beach last week we stopped off at Tiger, Georgia, to visit Stonewall Falls.

Stonewall Falls has been on our ‘to visit’ list for a couple of years, but for various reasons we never made it.  But last week Mrs. P, our faithful Prius, took us along a Forest Service road in the Chattahoochee National Forest.  We then hiked the remaining distance to this pretty waterfall.

We both thought this was a perfect way to break up a long drive.

My World: We Had a White Christmas

December 28, 2010

Our deck and back yard, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. December 25, 2010.

This is my post for the My World meme.  It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar, Sandy, Wren, and Fishing Guy.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

White Christmases are rare here in Tennessee, but this is what our deck and back yard looked like on Christmas Day.  We actually got much more snow Christmas Night and Sunday morning, but we were glad to see white on the ground Christmas Day.

Our Christmas Tree and Fireplace. December 25, 2010.

We were cozy and warm in the house, with a fire in the fireplace to take out the chill.  Of course, those goodies under the tree helped us feel good as well.

 

Scenic Sunday #128: Ocean Isle Beach

December 26, 2010

Sunset on Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. December 20, 2010.

This is my post for the Scenic Sunday meme, which shares beautiful scenes from around the world.  To see more Scenic Sunday posts, or to join and show your own pictures, click HERE.

After the bitterly cold weather we had a few weeks ago, Betsy and I decided we needed a change.  So when we learned that our favorite inn at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, had a special deal on ocean view rooms for December, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the beach and have some delicious seafood.

Two of our favorite restaurants were closed for the season, but that just gave us an excuse to try some places that we hadn’t visited before.  Is it my imagination or is seafood really so much better-tasting at the seashore?

We arrived at Ocean Isle Beach late Monday afternoon, December 20, to be greeted by this beautiful sight from the balcony of our room.  This alone made the trip worth while, but over the next two days we were to find several other reasons to be thankful that we made the trip.

 

Skywatch Friday: Tennessee Sunset

December 17, 2010

Sunset near Knoxville, Tennessee. November 23, 2010.

This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

Betsy and I were on the interstate on our way home from Asheville last month when we saw this beautiful sunset near Knoxville, Tennessee.  We were fortunate to be able to find a spot where we could pull off and get this picture.

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Betsy and I will be taking a blogging break for the next few days.  But we hope you will all have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.

Don’t Believe Her

December 16, 2010

Snow in the Glade, December 12, 2010.

If you listen to Betsy, I’m sure you think that it never snows at our house.  But although we never get enough snow to please her, I offer these pictures as proof that we do get snow.

The picture above was taken Sunday evening.  We had light snow most of the day on Sunday.  The worse thing was the very low temperatures that came with the snow.

For some reason Betsy likes this picture.  She says it just shows what a dedicated photographer I am.  I think it’s just because she likes to see me on my knees.

Betsy in the snow in front of our house, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. December 12, 2010.

So the next time you hear Betsy complain about the lack of snow here in the Glade, just reminder her that you’ve seen her bundled up in the snow in front of our house.

Watery Wednesday #118: Marigot Bay

December 15, 2010

Marigot Bay, St. Martin, taken from Fort Louis. September 11, 2001.

This is my post for Watery Wednesday.  To see more of our beautiful watery world, or to join and post your own pictures to share, click HERE.

Wintery weather has kept us close to home for the past couple of weeks, so I went to my archives to get this picture of Marigot Bay on the island of St. Martin/Sint Maarten.  This island is split into two parts — one French, the other Dutch.  The picture was taken at ruins Fort Louis above Marigot, the capital of the French St. Martin.

My World: Decked Out for Christmas

December 14, 2010

The front of our house in the early evening. December 10, 2010.

This is my post for the My World meme.  It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar, Sandy, Wren, and Fishing Guy.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

Our house is now decked out for Christmas.  Not only on the inside but on the outside.  As night falls the lights come on.  The picture above is taken from the road in front of the house just after the sun went down.

Our house after dark, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. December 10, 2010.

Betsy is the designer of our decorations.  My job is to carry things and put them where she tells me to, and to reach the high places she can’t reach.  She’s added the wreaths in the front over the past three years.

Our Christmas tree from the back yard. December 9, 2010.

Our house opens to the back, where we have three sliding glass doors opening to a large deck.  Betsy has decorated the deck with lighted garlands (you can see some of them in the picture above).  We put the tree in front of one of the doors and keep the curtains open so that  the tree can be seen from the back yard.

Pictures don’t do justice to the way the house looks.  You’ll just have to stop by to see how it looks in person.

Moon Over the Glade

December 13, 2010

Moon Over Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. December 10, 2010.

As some of you may know, I’ve been trying to learn how to use the manual settings on the new camera I got earlier in the year.  I think I’ve managed to get some pretty good pictures in daylight, but nighttime photography is something I’m still working on.

Friday night we had a nice quarter moon in the sky over the Glade, so I put my 250mm lens on my camera and went out with my tripod to see what I could get.  I like the picture above, but next time I experiment on moon photography I think I’ll ask to borrow Betsy’s 300mm lens.