Orange Crush

BroJoe patiently watches the light from several favorite spots along the edge of the Nags Head Woods.  Perhaps he was waiting for the golden orange of the sunset to tiptoe across the darkening waters of the Roanoke Sound.



He must have a whole portfolio of photos of this tree with the roots not just holding the tree up, but balancing it, too.  The light is always shifting, so the photos are all different.

There is another tree that he likes, too.  This one, where the clouds seem to mimic the tree branches.


Wonder what he’s trying to capture?


Ahhh. . . nice catch!


The Twilight Zone

BroJoe checks out things at Lake Mattamuskeet occasionally and this building which looks like a lighthouse, but isn’t, is one of his favorite subjects to photograph there.   That original photograph was taken in December, after the leaves had fallen.  It still looks green and timeless because of all the pines.

Here’s how it appears in autumn.


Don’t ask what this next one is.  He took it during his flight to Utah recently.


He explained it with a Rod Serling quote:  It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears.

Sterling was frustrated by the censorship of anything deemed controversial in his scripts, including war, race, and social justice.  In one instance, censors removed a shot of the Chrysler Building because the show was sponsored by Ford.

One of the screenwriter, playwright, producer, most famous comments was:

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.

If you want to watch some of those deliciously eerie Twilight Zone episodes, they’re still running in the twilight zone of cable TV.



I’ve been thinking about joining T.V. Watchers Anonymous, but I can’t figure out what channel it’s on.
– Melanie White




More of Nature’s Splendor From Utah

Here are more photos from BroJoe’s trip to hike in Utah.  He also included some photos of him (back view) climbing the rocks, but we won’t go there.  Let’s stick with splendor.

Some of the fascinating Indian Rock Art of Utah dates back more than a thousand years.  The newest is probably from the 1600’s.  The drawings (or paintings) were used as a form of communication and tell the social history of the area.

(Please don’t take it as disrespect, but I can’t help from mentally titling this one:  THE TWO UTES.  My Cousin Vinny has ruined me.)


Canyonlands National Park


Indian Rock Art at MOAB   (Fascinating!)

Indian Grain Bin, Canyonlands National Park

Indian Grain Bin, Canyonlands National Park

Bridal Falls, Provo Utah

Bridal Falls, Provo Utah


La Sal Mountains


Potash Road, Moab

That's all, Folks

That’s all, Folks

Correction:  THIS is the End!!!

Correction: THIS is the End!!!

Hello, UTAH!

Moab, Utah sounds like an unlikely place for Outer Banks Joe to visit, but that’s exactly where he was last week.  Not surprisingly, he headed for the hills and took some spectacular photos.

It’ll take more than one post to show them all, but unless you’re sitting in a coffee shop in Utah, bored with all the scenery there, you won’t want to miss these.

Mesa Arch.

Mesa Arch

Wilson Arch (reminds me of half a donut. Maybe it's the chocolate glaze.)

Wilson Arch – Looks like half a donut to me; maybe it’s the chocolate glaze.


La Sal Mountain Range contains 3 clusters of white peaks.  

Highest point is 12,721 feet — 3,877 ft. above sea level.  That’s a long way up from the Atlantic Ocean!

Mesa Arch

                                                           Dead Horse State Park

Arches State Park

                                                                  Arches State Park

“Utah’s mountains are not the Himalayas, but by one standard they are the highest in the country. According to a series of stories in the The Salt Lake Tribune, the average elevation of Utah’s tallest peaks in each county is roughly 11,222 feet. Colorado ranks second, with an average county high peak elevation of 10,791 feet, followed by Nevada (10,764) and Wyoming (10,179). Alaska, home to the country’s highest peak – the 20,320-foot Denali – ranks only sixth, with an average county high peak elevation of 9,280 feet.” 

― Michael Weibel, High In Utah     

I live on a ranch in Utah for now, but I’m gonna move. I’ve got another ranch to move to, but its location is a secret. When I get there, I’m gonna plow the road in behind me.
Wilford Brimley




Wait For It. . . !


A solitary walker near the Nags Head pier on The Outer Banks.  Note the faint orange glow reflecting under the pier.NHP20

The sun is in no hurry this morning.


AHA!  The walker moved on, but BroJoe waited it out.  Hello, sunshine!


Just like one shouldn’t look directly at the sun, that same advice might hold true for reading about the geometries of sunrises and sunsets on sites like that of the Naval Observatory.   It may shatter your belief in the solstices.   Somewhere on the internet is an algorithm formula to let you figure it all out yourself.  Get back to us on that, will you?

BroJoe probably knows it already.  🙂



What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. – Blackfoot

There are four seasons in a year: Winter, Spring, Summer and Colour!
– Mehmet Murat ildan

I love winter. The bugs are dead, and the people are indoors.
– Dennis Ruane