August 25, 2011

Twisting in the Wind

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More black and white goodness from North Carolina for this fine Thursday.

This is one of the famous live oak trees at North Carolina’s Fort Fisher recreation area, at the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Fort Fisher was a Confederate Fort built to protect Wilmington. It was attacked by the Union Army on Christmas Day, 1864. The battle lasted two days and, evidently it was pretty bloody.

Supposedly, the fort itself is haunted:

The live oak trees are twisted, perhaps by the violence and tragedy they’ve witnessed or the blood that once soaked their roots. You can stand on Colonel Lamb’s parapet and look out to sea  — if you don’t mind the hazy officer standing next to you.

Or perhaps by the wind.

Haunted or not, the area is gorgeous. While my wife, son and everyone else was basking on Fort Fisher’s gorgeous beach, I was roaming the grounds, enjoying the scenery and shooting away (and baking in the North Carolina sun). The live oaks were high on my list of things to shoot.

This shot is actually a companion piece to tomorrow’s image. If you like this one, you should like tomorrow’s as well. With or without otherworldly orbs.

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  1. I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!! Wait! What was that? Did you hear that? I don’t think we’re alone…

    What a great shot and I just LOVE your blog post today as well, Bob!! Fabulous composition and talk about driving home the drama with your B&W processing here!