Fall Color Along the Carolina Coast

  • Published September 30th, 2014 by Greg Mills

It's that time of year again, when the season starts to change and the colors are painted in abundance. We always think of the mountains first as Fall approaches, but I'm going in a different direction this year and will capture Fall along the Carolina coast.

Paddling the Currituck Sound looking for the mysterious wild horses, capturing sunrise and sunset from Duck to Cape Hatteras and maybe working in another kayak launch somewhere in between is all on the agenda. I'll also visit Ocracoke for a couple of days to capture some of the island's beauty and maybe even some late night Milky Way shots.

The scene below was captured from my kayak earlier this year, along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore at sunset. These ruins are pieces from what is left of a bridge built back in the 1930's in the Pea Island area. This is one of the Outer Banks' great landmarks and proof these barrier islands never remain the same.

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"Summer in North Carolina"

  • Published September 9th, 2014 by Greg Mills

With the end of the growing season fast approaching, I've been thinking about creating an image that says 'Summer in North Carolina.' So tonight when the storm clouds started brewing again, I grabbed my camera and took off for a nearby tobacco field.
This takes me back to when I was a kid heading to Grandma's. Enjoy, I hear Fall is on the way. :-)

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Lazy Daze 2014 | Cary, NC

  • Published August 5th, 2014 by Greg Mills

It's that time of year again and I am REALLY excited for this year's event. As well as hopeful this fabulous weather will hold up for a few more weeks. Rain is not welcomed this year and that goes double for tropical storms or hurricanes? Not this time Mother Nature!! Pretty please!!  ;-)

Lots of new and cool images from this year's travels so far will be available, so make plans to join the 50,000+ art lovers and all the fun on Saturday August, 23rd and come see us in downtown Cary, NC!

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True Inspiration | Pretty Place Chapel

  • Published July 21st, 2014 by Greg Mills

This was truly one of the most religious and personal photographic experiences I have ever undertaken. I decided the night before I shot this image that I would not make the trek to this location, mostly because I wouldn't be able to get there in time for sunrise. Instead, I had planned to head in the opposite direction to photograph other opportunities. But during the night I awoke and something told me I should reconsider, so I did.  Boy am I glad I did.

After traveling quite a distance on some of the most whindy roads I think I've ever been on, after getting lost more than once and then arriving later in the morning than I had hoped, I finally arrived. This beautiful place is known as "Pretty Place Chapel" and it is located in the upstate of South Carolina.

I quickly jumped out of the car, grabbed my gear and hurried to see this scene unfolding before me. As I looked towards the mountains I saw the most perfect sky and there was no doubt in my mind that on this morning those beautiful clouds were being painted by recent loved ones we have lost in our family. This image is easily one of the most 'impacting' photographs I have captured to date and I was very blessed to have my daughter with me to experience it all. I hope it gives you a moment of true inspiration and maybe even a few goose bumps as well. God Bless.

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In The Distance | Cape Hatteras National Seashore

  • Published June 24th, 2014 by Greg Mills

Things have been non-stop over the last couple of months and there are many new images, and stories to go with those images, to show for all the superb photography action.  Locations have included a couple of trips to the Outer Banks, a superb day at the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge, some great kayaking opportunities and an incredible few days on Bald Head Island.

This image was captured as the sun was setting just over my shoulder in the "New Inlet" off of Highway 12, heading south towards Hatteras.  You are looking at the front end pilings of what is left of the old Pea Island bridge.  The bridge was built in the 1930's, but a hurricane closed the inlet it was to cross over not long after it was completed and that made the bridge obsolete.

The Osprey have learned that this is a good place to nest, as it is pretty much off-limits to most humans now.  Thankfully my kayak was up to the task and I am thrilled to have captured several nice perspectives of this wonderful old Outer Banks landmark.  This image prints with beautiful color and detail and will soon be available in our online gallery.  :-)

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Sunrise On Goose Creek | Goose Creek State Park

  • Published March 25th, 2014 by Greg Mills

This image was captured just last week on Goose Creek at Goose Creek State Park. Goose Creek joins the Pamlico River near this area and is a beautiful place where Eagles and Osprey live atop ancient cypress trees. I launched my kayak before dawn, hoping to locate a nice spot where I could capture sunrise. The water was like glass, which helped make this 3 exposure, handheld image much more doable from the water. Enjoy. :)

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Moon and Moss | Goose Creek, NC

  • Published March 24th, 2014 by Greg Mills

After paddling about 3.5 miles up Goose Creek in a fairly short period of time, especially after photographing the awesome sunrise above, my arms felt like anchors. But trying to line up the moon between the moss for this shot was the real challenge. Nonetheless, I was pretty happy to have captured what my eyes were seeing and my mind was envisioning. Now who is ready to go kayaking in the swamps and streams of some of North Carolina's best scenery with me? ;-)

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