Category Archives: The Great Outdoors

Pentax 55-300mm f/4.0-5.8: Bargain of the Decade

More specifically, I’m referring to the Pentax DA-L 1:4-5.8 ED, a telephoto zoom that performs far above its price point. It’s a budget variation on the DA 55-300 4-5.8 ED, differing from its more expensive brother only in that it … Continue reading

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The Old Nags Head

The Old Nags Head is a pub in the village of Edale in Derbyshire, England.

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Old Video: Grandfather Mountain 2006

So I finally got around to opening a YouTube account. The first thing I did was upload this photo video I did in 2006 for a presentation at Grandfather mountain.

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Photo Gallery 01 – GFM 2008

I’m going to start putting the photo galleries that are specific to my blog into their own blog entries, with their own category, to make easier for people (mainly me) to find them. So here’s the first one, from the … Continue reading

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

(FAQ) General – The Mountain – Weather – Directions – Sign-In – Camping – Hotels – PDML Central – Electricity – Computers – Photo Contest – Galleries General The Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend is a 3-day photo workshop and … Continue reading

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Winter in the Blue Ridge

We just spent a week in North Carolina doing a bit of easy hiking, but mostly relaxing and getting rested for the intense activity that we anticipate in the new year. It snowed on Wednesday and we went out for … Continue reading

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Moonrise Over the Blue Ridge

This is actually a photo of the moon setting, not rising, but somehow the word “moonset” doesn’t feel like a real word the way “moonrise” does. Perhaps we have Ansel Adams and his famous photo “Moonrise Over Hernandez” to thank … Continue reading

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More Photos from the Blue Ridge Mountains

A much-needed week of vacation is now past. And I have some time to recover… When Lisa and I take vacations they’re usually as physically strenuous as they are mentally relaxing and rejuvinating. This past trip to North Carolina was … Continue reading

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Grandfather Mountain NPW – Part VI

Saturday morning is the traditional time for my group hike up to MacRae Peak and Attic Window Peak. Last year we had a steep attrition rate so this year I vowed to take it slower this year to enable more … Continue reading

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Grandfather Mountain NPW – Part V

Starry, starry night. Once, years ago, when I was camping in a state park near Middlebury, Vermont, I walked out to the lake beside which the camp ground resided and lay on the dock looking up at the most amazing … Continue reading

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