Ghosts

Ghosts / Gibberish

This past weekend we took a short trip east to the outer banks of NC and stayed on small island only accessible via ferry boat called Ocracoke Island. I for one am not much of a beach lover; constant sun, salt, and sand are not my idea of a good time. That said, this trip ended up being a wonderful, compact holiday that brought an unintentional photographic hiatus to a close.

Our timing for the trip worked out in perfectly serendipitous ways starting with the fact that we were there right at the start of the tourist season so there were no crowds of people at the beach or in the small town. This gave us the opportunity to stay at an amazing and humble B&B without any trouble and made for a particularly quiet stay on the island overall.

The last night of our trip we decided to camp at a great campground by the ocean which ended up being a perfect end to the trip because of a dramatic display we were able to witness atop the sand dunes. Not only were we treated to a beautiful sunset to the west but it was immediately followed by a stunning moonrise to the east over the ocean. A bright glowing ball of red appeared over the ocean among distant clouds and slowly rose into the sky. Easily one of the more beautiful things I have ever witnessed in nature.

After enjoying the moment we pulled out a tripod and played around with long exposures on the beach. I ended up with a few playful photos and thought I would share a couple here as desktops for you guys. Rather than split this up into two posts I decided to share two here. I have a handful of other great shots from the trip that I will share here in due time, for now though, enjoy the new wallpapers!

Gibberish

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Don't Walk, Ride

Don’t Walk, Ride

It’s finally looking as though cold weeks are in the past and the season is moving into warm, sunny days. That means pulling my bike out more often is back on my list of things to do and I’m excited for it. Hard to deny that riding a bike is among life’s simple pleasures that one should not miss out on whenever possible. To get into the mood I found this photo taken in Kyoto, a city where bikes were a common site for travel around town. Heres to the simple things.

Konpeito

Konpeito

Among those close to me it’s no secret that I have a bit of a sweet tooth. While traveling I search the farthest corners of any new grocery store for unknown and untried sweets, sodas, and food. I love discovering new tastes I have never tried before.

While traveling in Japan there was, of course, an ample supply of new things to try and while I was fairly restrained overall I came across a few things that I really enjoyed. Among them were the dozens of tiny “vitamin” drinks in glass bottles, various kinds of mochi, and these tasty little sugar candies called Konpeito. While they are apparently Portuguese in origin they seem to be a staple among foods unique to Japan and were most often found in tiny local shops around Kyoto. The taste reminds me of rock candy common in the US, simple, and gently sweet.

I bought this little glass bottle of them before we left with the intention of snapping a photo and sharing it here as a desktop and I am finally getting around to it now. Thanks for stopping by,  enjoy the new desktop!

Sprung V1

Sprung

Spring is doing its best to push winter aside around here. While it is still chilly out the sun is starting to take hold of most days which is giving me some much needed energy among an increasingly busy work schedule. Over the past couple of weeks I have tried to sneak in a few photos of spring springing and I thought I would take a few minutes today to share a couple of them with you guys.

Thanks for hanging in there while things are slow around here, I still have a few things brewing and am still chipping away at them as I am able. Enjoy the blooming new wallpapers and for those of you also starting to see spring take shape, enjoy the sun!

Sprung V2

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Shine On

Shine On

Welcome back! I decided to take a short hiatus from 50ft so I could focus time on another project I have been helping with locally but I hope to pick things up from where I left off and get a few new posts out the door in the coming weeks. I’m kicking things off with another shot from Seoul, still plenty of them kicking around in my archives to share. Another simple one, nothing poetic, I just love these low watt lightbulbs with the filaments showing through delicately.  Enjoy!

Second Glance

Second Glance

Here is a “classic” style shot for you guys, shallow and full of direct sunlight. This was made back in Seoul while YoungDoo was showing me around her old university one chilly afternoon. We came across a few pine trees along a lake which were trimmed in layers and after noticing the sun shining through between branches I decided to take advantage of the late afternoon sunlight. A simple shot, sure, but one I thought some of you would enjoy as a desktop.

Korean Type

Korean Type

It’s no secret, you guys love typewriters. Previously shared typewriter images here have often been among the most popular posts on the site. While in Korea we ate at a restaurant filled with vintage items used to decorate the space. Our table placed us right next to a nice old typewriter with Korean characters and a house plant so of course I took advantage and made a few photos while sitting there before we ate. The soft light and muted colors gave the images a nice tone. Download links can be found below, enjoy!

Apres-midi Au Lac

Après-midi Au Lac

This morning I dug out four or five old hard drives I had in storage and after finding the right adaptors and power supplies I managed to mount all but one of them which I knew had problems long ago. I spent a couple hours too many today searching through these old digital time capsules full of old photographs, designs, and music.

Among the files was a photo of mine taken back in 2007. I remember the moment well because it was so unexpected and never repeated itself. I was off exploring my usual spots out at my favorite lake nearby and while sitting by the shore a large swan slowly drifted by in the water. One which I had never seen out there before and never saw again after. The light was moody that day and this one photo I managed to grab of that unexpected moment ended up being one of my old favorites.

After a few little tweaks I decided to share it here today. While spring is not quite here yet, something about this photo makes me feel like it’s not far off. The title is from back when I had originally posted it to Flickr long ago. The usual set of wallpaper links can be found below, enjoy!

Salt Mill

Salt Mill

One afternoon in Korea we set off to find an old abandoned salt storage building near the coast located on a salt flat near Incheon, part of a larger area near the ocean called a Mudflat. The large, flat plot of land seems to be preserved today mostly as a park and bird reserve. Long meandering trails lead throughout the park and offered us a nice place to wander one cold, overcast winter day.

While the building we set out to find and photograph had since collapsed we did enjoy exploring the area, a high point of which was this set of three windmills somewhat randomly sitting out in the middle of the field. I never did figure out what purpose they served, if any, but they sure were fun to shoot! Lucky for us the dreary weather and obscure location kept the reserve more or less void of any other people outside of a few hikers and locals walking their dogs, a rare site in Korea where most places of interest are flooded with visitors on weekends.

I took more photos of these mystery windmills than I would care to admit, on a few different cameras, but really I couldn’t help myself. I love coming across odd landscapes serendipitously and wish I could more often. I have cropped a couple of them down for you guys to enjoy as wallpapers, you can find links below.

Salt Mill 2

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