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A natural cure: Favorite images of the Outer Banks

For more than four weeks, one of nature’s best playgrounds waited just a five minute walk from the front door. Beaches with tall, grassy dunes stretched toward oblivion to the north and south, while countless wooden walkways weathered by sun, wind, and hurricanes crossed those dunes from impressive beach houses on stilts. My three young children played in the surf, the oldest two with boogie boards in hand. The toddler running away from the waves as they lapped the sand....

A pandemic casualty – our creativity

Nine months into this pandemic, it’s time to take an honest look at what it has done to our creativity. Manuscript drafts remain untouched or half-heartedly tended to. Camera gear mostly collects dust while laying on the shelves. Pens sheathed. Journals closed. Printers silent, their ink dry. It’s a wreck, a smoldering pile of derailed train cars. Can’t sugarcoat it. I hear all the time that we should forgive ourselves if we lack motivation to follow through on our creative...

It’s about the photo gear you have with you

Before even the sun could rise, I knew I’d made a mistake every photographer regrets. I left my camera gear at home. My Canon body and a wide variety of lenses sat uselessly back at the beach house we rented. Meanwhile, here I was driving several hours on a highway to meet my parents at a Civil War battlefield, done for the purpose of exchanging a set of car keys. Please don’t ask for details. It’s embarrassing. I may or...