Sun. Son. Grandson. (And Football)

February 3, 2014

There is a wooden tower about ten minutes from our house that I have been threatening to climb for over four years now.

Finally, last night, my threatenings came to fruition and I took myself off in the van to visit said tower. (In my defense, I parked crookedly because there was not another soul anywhere around.)


I grabbed my trusty Nikon and got ready to scale the tower!


There were a lot of steps . . .


which my arthritis and COPD complained about a little bit.


However, I shushed them and told them we’d be okay. And we were!


The climb was more than worth it when I got to see Nags Head from such a lofty height.



After a few minutes, I climbed back down and wandered around on the docks for a while. (Wandering around with camera in hand is one of my favorite past-times.)


One of the things on my Bucket List is to find out who owns these little house in the middle of nowhere and go out there and take pictures. Wouldn’t that be so much fun?


The sun started to set beyond my tower.  . .


and I happily readied myself for some Outer Banks loveliness.13-DSC_9983




This is one of my favorite shots: there was rope running along the side of the dock and I took a picture of the sunset through the rope.


By that point in my photographic evening, I was shivering rather fervently in the non balmy Carolina air so I packed up and hopped back into the van. I headed home accompanied by the happy satisfaction of sixty minutes of solitude and the fact that I had gotten to chase an Outer Banks sunset.

Doesn’t get much better than that!

In other news . . . 

Last night was not just about sunset chasing, it was  also about football.  (I watched half the game, mainly so that I could analyze the writing and production of the commercials.)

In honor of the Super Bowl, Meagan posted a picture on Facebook of these two handsome football fellas.  Don’t you just love it?


Also, she put up this picture a couple of weeks ago but I forgot to post it. It was a little chilly in Florida the night the picture was taken so Noah is sporting a jaunty hat.  His face (looking at his daddy) is so absolutely precious. 

Here is how Meagan described the photo:

Daddy was giving Noah the story of how he proposed to me and telling him it all started right here at Moe’s. Never thought three years ago this is what life would look like for me now . . . I’m in love in so many ways.



Okay. That’s all the sun, son, and grandson (and football) stories I have for now.

Enjoy your Monday!

28 responses to Sun. Son. Grandson. (And Football)

  1. Gorgeous photos! I love the sunset and the abstract photos of the worn wooden stairs!!

    • Cathi,

      Thank you! I also loved those wooden stairs, especially in the light of the golden sun.

      I DIDN”T love them so much when I was climbing up and down them, though! πŸ™‚

  2. Becky,
    Don’t sell your photography work short. When I was in Idaho, I purchased a photograph of the Sawtooth Mountains (a view I knew I would not be able to capture) in a Chinese Restaurant (interesting outlet). It was enlarged to 11 x 14 and was not framed. It was laid on a stiff piece of cardboard and wrapped in plastic. The original price of the photo was $24.99, but was “on sale” for $14.99 when I purchased it. I know that your photos (sunrise and sunset are always my favorites) are definitely every bit as well composed and photographed as this one. I am sure you would find a market for them. The prints in this store were available in various sizes. I really think you should make a portfolio of some of your favorite shots and see if you don’t find that they sell well. I have since matted and framed the photo and have it hanging with one that I too when I went to Glacier National Park (which I also matted and framed. Not that I don’t think notecards would also be a great line extension! Hugs, Linda in Pittsburgh

    • P.S. I forgot to mention that this was In the 1990’s and many of the restaurant patrons were purchasing the prints (different scenes, different sizes)
      Linda in Pittsburgh

    • Linda,

      Thanks so much for inspiring me and giving me something to think about!

  3. Your photos are beautiful! You should definitely think about talking to some gift shops about carrying prints and selling them for you. Many not so “professional” photograhers would probably love to take one of them home as a “souvenir”. Also, love the photos of Noah and Nathan! Linda in Pittsburgh

    • Linda,

      Thanks for the nice words. I think I’ll let the “real” photographers hang prints at gift shops. πŸ™‚ My photographic goal is to turn a few of my shots into note cards. Looking into some ways to do that.

      You are always such an encourager–I appreciate it!

  4. Your photos are magnificent! Have you ever thought of using them commercially? I think at one time you had mentioned notecards. Other thoughts might be calendars or the photos enlarged, framed and sold in local gift shops.
    Thank you for sharing with us. It’s very much appreciated. Keep clicking.

    • Judy,

      You and Linda (her comment is above) must be on the same wave length! πŸ™‚

      It means so much that my wonderful readers enjoy my photography; I’m blessed to actually have people to show my pictures to! πŸ™‚ Note cards are a definite possibility.

  5. impressive photos! and impressive climb!
    I “watched” the game so that I could hear the National Anthem, and see the Clydesdales. I actually read a book, and looked up every once in a while. The VERY last commercial was the puppy and the horses. thought the “story” line was slightly confusing with the puppy getting/not getting adopted. I did like the Welcome Home Soldier with the ride in the wagon drawn by the clydesdales. of course, there’s nothing like seeing the horses in person at Grant’s Farm or the St. Louis Brewery.

  6. Stunning pictures! The view was well worth the climb. Your little Noah is just beautiful. My mother used to tell me about the special love you have for a grandchild. I just laughed it off until it happened to me. They sure steal your heart.

  7. Gorgeous pictures from the tower! What a pretty sunset. Little Noah has grown and changed so much already! It’s amazing how fast they grow up…especially when they’re grandchildren. My grandson was just Noah’s size the other day and then he turned 4 last week. It does fly! Enjoy every minute. πŸ™‚

  8. Beautiful sunset pictures! And Noah. Well, really, could he be any cuter??

  9. Amazing pictures. They make me feel like hopping on a plane and crossing the ocean. *dreams, dreams*

    Olivia. πŸ™‚

  10. He is the most precious baby!! (and his parents aren’t too shabby either)! Too bad about the Broncos though, very disappointing game…..what did you think of the commercials? Apparently I am the only person on the planet who is not familiar with Bruno Mars (who did the half time show)!

    • Dale,

      I liked most of the commercials although a few were a little goofy. I was pulling for the Broncos only because a dear childhood friend lives in Denver. It would have been nice if the score had been a little closer!

  11. Beautiful pics…so jealous of the sun πŸ™‚

  12. I know your mama/grandmama heart is so full it could burst! Do absolutely love sunrise and sunset pictures … your sunset pictures are so beautiful!

  13. the beach pictures are awesome! and of course the ones of the Smith boys – love them