So I’m a little late wishing you all a Happy New Year. Sorry about that, I’ve been out of commission with the flu since Christmas. In fact my whole family has had it and it’s been awful.  We are all on the mend now, but it’s seriously taken its toll.  We had hoped for a quiet Christmas at home this year, and we pretty much got what we asked for.  We didn’t expect that it would be that quiet.

Enough about that!  With the year coming to a close I wanted to do a year in review post and that is on it’s way.  But first I wanted to share my favorite location with you from 2014.  Ocracoke, OBX was something special for me and my family this year.  Following our wonderful OBX workshop up in Nags Head with the amazingly talented Athena Carey my family and I traveled down to the wholly separated island of Ocracoke.  There is a tiny little airport and ferries that shuttle vehicles and people between the islands.

Due to the reduced traffic and the small town nature everything is a lot slower.  We rode bikes to the coffee shops and ice cream shop.  Picking up our groceries and tooling around town.  The slow pace and relaxed atmosphere was something that I really relished.  Of course as soon as conditions looked promising I was off chasing light and that’s exactly what happened for this shot.

After a beautiful bike ride with my eldest son to the point where we could watch the sun dip below the horizon over the water we hightailed it back for dinner.  I kept my eye on the clearing skies and decided after the kids where in bed to head over to the beach and see what stars were out.  Clouds were streaming by and timing was everything but I really liked the revealing nature of this one.

As I captured this shot a huge group of folks arrived at the beach.   My eyes were fully adjusted but they were struggling to see the boardwalk so they missed the beauty in the sky.  I struck up a conversation with one of them and showed them the image on the back of the camera.  It’s always rewarding to see the look of surprise on peoples faces when they see something they didn’t expect.  Sometimes you just have to look. 😉

It turned out they were hunting bioluminescence.  This I couldn’t miss so I headed down to the beach just after them to see if anything exciting was happening.  Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, but apparantly the best time of year is high summer and when storms are brewing.  This year you know where I will be. 🙂

Have you ever been to the OBX and Ocracoke in particular?    If not come join us this July.