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The Visitor   16 comments

The Visitor

Happy belated New Year!

I’m surprised. I haven’t posted anything since December 20th, 2011. It feels good to be pinning one up again.

Part of the reason for my absence from Online World is that in late December we started a decorative painting (faux painting) contract at a house across the river. The client had stringent deadlines that caused us to work pretty much constantly through the holidays. We had only enough spare time to do the Christmas and New Year stuff.

We’ll try not to do that again…

One afternoon while at the client’s house, there were epic cloud formations masking the setting sun. Good thing I had my shooter with me. The scene was made even better when a large pod of dolphins swam right by the house.

That might not be considered unusual, except that this is the Neuse River, which, though technically freshwater in New Bern, is more brackish. (I haven’t personally checked the taste, as the Neuse made the list of top-10 endangered rivers for several years in a row.) On a few occasions you can find dolphins swimming this far upriver, even though the closest access to ocean water is at least 40 miles away.

I take the dolphin as a good sign that the health of the river is improving.

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Ya’ll Ain’t From Around Here, Are Ya?   7 comments

Union soldiers stand in a group prior to Battle of New Bern, North Carolina, in a vintage photo treatment

Ya'll Ain't From Around Here, Are Ya? © 2011 Rob Hanson Photography


See what I have to put up with while shooting in North Carolina? Dang interlopers.

I found this motley crew skulking around New Bern, just before the big fight that caused the local boys to retreat to Kinston. Thanks a bunch, Ambrose Burnside.

Filing this under ‘Something I Didn’t Know Before‘, Ambrose Burnside’s distinctive style of facial hair is now known as ‘sideburns’, derived from his last name.



— Grace’s litter is still cooking in the hay bale… we think.  Probably time to take a sneak peek inside to see how far along they are.

— Pulled 25 pounds of organic sweet potatoes out of the ground yesterday, with one weighing in at a whopping 3 pounds, 1.5 ounces. I’ve never seen the likes of it before. It was only then that I found out that North Carolina is the #1 producer of sweet potatoes in the U.S.  Figures.

— Plans are afoot for my doing a new video tutorial. I have two main ideas in mind — melting HDR Express and Photomatix together, and Curves layers — but, if you’d like to make suggestions on what you’d like to see, I’m all ears! Please let me know via email or comment here.


Food For Thought:

You can’t sustain infinite growth on a finite planet.


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Vigilance   2 comments



Just syncing up this morning… I posted this on Flickr yesterday, but was occupied the rest of the day.

This was taken at National Night Out Against Crime in New Bern Tuesday evening. Did these two know that I was watching them?

It seems that not much happens in our town, particularly in the evening, and particularly things we might be interested in doing. But, it was nice to go downtown and see a fairly large number of people gathered for National Night Out Against Crime. The event was a way to bring together people who cared about the safety of their communities — an ever-intensifying issue — so immediately everyone had something in common. The mood seemed to be very high despite the sweltering heat.

The evening at our waterfront park culminated with the police leading a flashlight walk through the downtown area. With my tripod set up along the street, it was a blast to see how people hammed it up as they went by. They’re probably still looking for their pictures in the local paper.

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