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Nature's Sand Sculptures PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Sunday, 03 July 2011 15:10

The relentless winds that made the Outer Banks attractive to the Wright Brothers for their experiments in flight, also provide ever-changing artwork in the sands.

Pattern in sand Ridges in sand, resembling mountains
Pattern in wind-blown sand on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Among the fleeting sculptures on wind battered Jockey's Ridge are these ridges, resembling miniature mountain ranges.  The low angle of the sun near dusk accentuated the textures on this ever changing palette.


Windblown bowl in sand Winds have whipped out this bowl shaped hollow in Jockey's Ridge sand dune, showing the stratification of the different types of sand on the dune.  By the next day, this will be replaced by another formation as winds, rain, and footprints continuously transform the landscapes of the tallest dune on the US East Coast.


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Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2011 16:09
Wind Blown, Pea Island PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Friday, 01 July 2011 16:53

Sand dune and wind-whipped river of sand.A sand dune on Pea Island, on a brilliant, but bitterly cold and windy day.   Winds can create rivers of flowing sand, as seen crossing left to right in this image.

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Red, White, and Blue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Sunday, 29 May 2011 17:19

Close-up of American flagGraphic abstract of hulls of stacked red, white, and blue boatsOften, there's stories that can be found and told by making photos of abstracted elements of larger objects.

The detail of the flag in the left hand photo contains just enough so that we recognize the larger flag of the United States of America, but allows us to also see the texture of the fabric and its stitches, the undulating highlight and shadow tones of the banner as it ripples in the air, and the smaller highlights and shadows of the raindrops clinging to the cloth.  Because the entire flag isn't shown, it calls attention to there being much more to see.

In the image on the right, what the larger objects are becomes nearly irrelevant.  It's an riveting composition of simple graphic elements in saturated primary colors.  Red, white, and blue invokes emotions in Americans, especially when presented in that order.  Since our early childhood, we've recognized that as the colors of our national flag, a symbol of intense pride and patriotism.  I've further reinforced that by displaying the image along with an image of the American flag.  (This is a graphical composition I found in stacks of small sailboats, stored inverted on a dock in Manteo, NC.)

I usually go out with the intent of making grand photos of scenics or of larger objects, such as my aviation photography.  Often however, the images that stick with me are those that forced me to observe and record much more carefully and creatively.  I made the image of the flags while out photographing fall foliage.  The right image was made during a trip to photograph the sunrise over a harbor.

Consider looking beyond the obvious, turning your lens to the little intimacies you'd normally overlook.  There's endless possibilities when you do!

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Last Updated on Sunday, 29 May 2011 22:40
Amanda Younkin Franklin Succumbs to Airshow Injuries PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Saturday, 28 May 2011 10:20

Amanda and Kyle FranklinMay 27, 2011 - Late Friday evening, airshow star Amanda Younkin Franklin succumbed to the severe burns and internal injuries suffered in an airshow mishap March 12.  She was being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.

Amanda and her husband Kyle Franklin were performing their stunt flying and wingwalking act, "Pirated Skies," at Air Fiesta 2011 in Brownsville, TX.  During their performance, while Amanda was on the top wing, their plane's engine failed, forcing pilot Kyle to crash land in trees beside the runway.  Amanda returned to the cockpit before crashing.  Both were severely injured in the accident.  Kyle is recovering well from his injuries, and has been at Amanda's side daily during her ordeal.

Amanda was a graceful, talented, and beautiful performer in the air show circuit, and is sadly missed.  Both she and Kyle are members of airshow families.  Their fathers, Jimmy Franklin and Bobby Younkin died in a 2005 airshow collision in Saskatchewan, Canada.  Amanda's brother, Matt Younkin is an active performer in the airshow circuit.

More information is available in this AOPA Online article.

Wright Memorial Bridge 5044 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Beauvais   
Thursday, 10 March 2011 22:33

Wright Memorial Bridge over Currituck Sound at SunsetSunset over Currituck Sound.  Automobiles trace their lights over the Wright Memorial Bridge, which connects the Outer Banks to the North Carolina mainland.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 22:42
Lunar Eclipse and Orville Wright PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 December 2010 00:03

Eclipsed moon behind statue of Orville WrightThe eclipsed moon behind the bust of Orville Wright, the first person to fly a powered aircraft.  This photo illustration was recorded during the winter solstice lunar eclipse at Wright Brothers National Memorial Monument, Kill Devil Hills, NC, December 21, 2010.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 19:45
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