"Catchin' Up" | Peaks to Surf

  • Published April 18th, 2016 by Greg Mills

It's hard to believe we are almost into May already!! Busy would be an understatement and I apologize for not updating 'the blog' in the last few months.

The year started out with some real estate image making, but planning had already begun to find a few frozen scenes in the mountains and then get back to the coast. In early February the weather cooperated for a few days in Blowing Rock and the Blue Ridge Parkway area north of Boone. With good snow and temps in the single digits, along with a closed BRP, the last morning of my trip delivered a favorite from the Winter excursion. *See the image in the upper right montage below.

March came and so did a return to the Outer Banks. I played the odds for good weather and lucked out. It was one of the most rewarding visits I've ever had to the coast. After almost a week of non-stop shooting I came back exausted, but inspired with new images. I was blessed with my first experience of finding a harbor seal along the shore, several incredible surise/sunsets and some of the best night time and Milky Way shots I've captured to date.

I have several upcoming Art Shows and more image making in the works, so keep up with me on Facebook and Instagram for the very latest. See my newest images in the online Fine Art Gallery at my website and order as many as you desire. As always, I appreciate your support. Greg. :-)

"Broken" | The Frisco Pier

  • Published December 30th, 2015 by Greg Mills

What a great way to end 2015!!  My photograph "Broken" placed in the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's 2015 Photo Competition!!  **Second Place in the 'Wild Landscapes' category!

I captured this shot of the Frisco Pier, near Cape Hatteras North Carolina, during the first of several OBX trips this past year. Truly one of my favorite spots along our coast.  I can't wait to get back and see how she's holding up.

My photograph will run in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission magazine AND is on display at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.  See all of the winning shots at www.ncwildlife.org, on their Facebook page or live at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

THANKS A MILLION for including me in this year's winners NC Wildlife Resources Commission!!  I look forward to capturing more of the great state of North Carolina in the coming year and sharing 'my vision' of all the beauty with everyone in 2016!

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"Carolina Beauty" | Photography by Greg Mills

  • Published October 2nd, 2015 by Greg Mills

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Sunrise over Hatteras

  • Published September 2nd, 2015 by Greg Mills

On this breezy and warm summer morning, I went with what I had before me. The sea oats whipping in the wind, sunrise painting the sky above Hatteras Island and a beach scene that delivered simple Outer Banks goodness. :-)
I captured this image shooting across the Pamlico Sound, standing on the northern tip of Ocracoke, NC.

This photograph and many other new ones are now available in my online FINE ART GALLERY!


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Hanging Rocks and Hidden Falls | The Sauratown Mountains

  • Published July 14th, 2015 by Greg Mills

In route to the western half of the state last week, in part to escape the heat, I spent a day hiking and exploring Hanging Rock. This was my first time visiting Hanging Rock State Park, but it will certainly not be the last. This awesome NC State Park is truly an inspiring destination and one that you could easily spend days exploring.

Hidden Falls, the center image, is just one of several beautiful waterfalls found within the almost 7,000 acre park. Hanging Rock, the left and right images, rewards you with spectacular views and an opportunity to sit and relax after a great hike.

If you have never been to 'Hanging Rock' add it to your bucket list. You'll be glad you did. :-)

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Recent OBX Favorites

  • Published June 9th, 2015 by Greg Mills

My latest trip to the Outer Banks was another treasure trove of beauty. The first night I spent in route to and on Jockey's Ridge dodging strong wind, water spouts, driving rains and stinging sands to capture some of the most dramatic images of this incredible treasure that I've ever been lucky enough to photograph.

Then it was off to Ocracoke, but not before a few stops along the way. One of those, an early stop to capture sunrise at my favorite Graveyard of the Atlantic shipwreck. Thankfully some of it was still above ground. **See that new image in the post below this one, it's the last image of that series

Arriving at Ocracoke, I found the island void of tourists and mosquitos. The first evening I captured the most gorgeous sunset that I have ever experienced behind the camera, it's the top right image below, along with the 'blue hour' dock shot to its left.
The winds were gusting pretty solid the first couple of days on the island, but I did get 2 great paddels in. One took me out past Teache's Hole, the area where Blackbeard met his fate, and the other was a paddle up Parker's Creek and out into the Sound to photograph a few duck blinds.

All of these images, and other great shots, are available in the full gallery at FINE ART GALLERY.  Enjoy! :)

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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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