Graveyard Treasure | Cape Hatteras National Seashore

  • Published April 7th, 2015 by Greg Mills

The George A. Kohler was a large four-masted schooner, originally 212 feet long.  The Kohler was pushed ashore by a hurricane in 1933 in route from Baltimore to Haiti.  It sat on the shore between Avon and Salvo for about ten years, until it was burned during WWII for her iron fittings.  As big storms would pound the coast in the following decades, the wreck would be uncovered and then reburied.

During a recent 2015 Winter Storm, the charred remains of the shipwreck were partially exposed once again.  I knew I had to make plans to head to the OBX and hoped that luck and good weather would allow me a chance to see and photograph a rare piece of coastal history.
Thankfully both were on my side and I visited the site three times over my first two days back on the Outer Banks,
to take it all in and photograph the shipwreck under different skies and light. 

As you can see from the last image of the wreck below, Mother Nature was already reclaiming The Kohler for herself again.  It was a really cool experience and one I will always cherish.  
**Prints are available in the Fine Art Gallery on the website.

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The Winter That Almost Wasn't

  • Published February 28th, 2015 by Greg Mills

We waited all Winter long for Winter to show up, but once it did we had several events in a row. The kids missed almost two, YES TWO, weeks of school, we had to dig out of the driveway to make a planned trip to Disney and the furnace finally bit the dust. I think you can safely say that I am ready for Spring.  :-)

During one of the snow events, I slid my way over to Historic Yates Mill. The Mill, dam and pond were almost totally destroyed when hurricane Fran came through many years ago, but after much effort and rebuilding it still operates as a working Mill today.

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2015 "Umstead State Park" calendar cover shot!

  • Published December 30th, 2014 by Greg Mills

With the New Year just a few days away, I have some really cool news that has just come across my wire!

One of my images, "Reflections", has been chosen by The Umstead Coalition for the 'cover shot' of their new William B. Umstead State Park calendar for 2015!!   THANK YOU to everyone involved in this great project!

This all came about because of something I rarely do, enter contests. The Umstead Coalition's cause is a good one, so when they ran their first big photo contest this past summer I made a couple of hikes with my camera & tripod in tow and was excited about the possibilities. Along with a new image, I also included a shot that I had captured a few years back on one of my first visits to Umstead State Park.

As luck would have it, the older image was chosen from hundreds of entries as an 'Honorable Mention' winner for the overall contest AND for the cover shot for their new 2015 calendar!  Goes to show, never be afraid to dig through your archives!  ;-)

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Cotton Candy | A Piedmont Sunset

  • Published December 4th, 2014 by Greg Mills

As another Carolina season comes to an end, the opportunities for capturing endless outdoor beauty become a little fewer and farther apart. I have been watching the cotton fields mature over the last couple of weeks and decided to wade camera deep into this one on a recent Fall evening.

Whether I am at the coast, on top of a mountain or right here in the middle of good ole North Carolina, we have some of the best sunsets and scenery that you will find anywhere. Can I get an amen! :-)

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Fall Color | Abstract Photographic Art

  • Published November 7th, 2014 by Greg Mills

Decorating a room or space with something more abstract than traditional landscape photography allows you to create a mood or ambience like you might find with a painting or other art. Creating multi-image designs can fill larger areas and deliver a unique look. These three photographs were created 'in camera', at the time of capture, and are available as a trio or as single images.
**See this trio in use above a fireplace on our Facebook page

I look forward to adding more of this style of photography to the 'Fine Art Gallery' on our website in the coming months. Check out all of my photography at   

Broken Pieces | Cape Hatteras National Seashore

  • Published October 30th, 2014 by Greg Mills

I am really inspired by old structures along the North Carolina coast. Some have stood the test of time well, but others have succumbed to Mother Nature. The wood is always beautifully aged, the symmetry and leading lines offer an open pallet to create and the backdrops are some of the most beautiful you'll find anywhere.

This shot of the Frisco Pier says "classic" to me, so giving it a black & white finish seemed like the perfect fit. I came away with several cool shots of this structure, so look for others in the Fine Art Gallery soon.

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Stars Over Bodie | Nags Head, NC

  • Published October 29th, 2014 by Greg Mills

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is one of my favorite places to photograph in the OBX. The lighthouse, boardwalk and surrounding marsh all offer endless photographic opportunities that change almost daily.

On this full moon night I was able to capture this Outer Banks landmark, and the stars around it, using just moonlight, a long exposure and a lot of bug spray.  :-)

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