During my annual "photography sabbatical" this February, I visited the Wilmington and Cape Fear area once again with the hopes of stocking more coastal images to offer as we head into the warmer months. Cloud cover didn't quite cooperate with me for dramatic sunrises or sunsets, so I got off my beaten path and took in some new spots and tried some new approaches to familiar ones. What I ended up with was much different than any trip I've been on to these communities, but I was able to soak in the simple wonder of spring weather and the still, quiet side of nature's beauty. I ended up focusing on the blooms and birds around, since there were iconic backdrop opportunities in the live oak, Spanish moss and cypress trees of low-country wetlands.
On the last day I was blessed to encounter fog at the Kure Pier, which finally made for some dramatic and (and somewhat eerie) shots. I truly enjoyed the heck out of standing in a cold fog under that old pier through dusk, experimenting and getting lost in my imagination. Sometimes, a lot of times, the things you just can't plan out end up being the things that surprise you with joy and make your trip.
Please check out the set from this trip in the slideshow below, click to view the whole set. Or check it out as a part of my favorite collection, the Coastal Carolinas, at www.jharrisonhart.com/coastal_carolinas . Prints will be offered for sale soon, so please check back, OR visit me at Blue Moon Gift Shops in Wilmington, where several of these will be joining my other work on display. Thanks!!