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Get your summer started early at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina’s most accessible beach. Full of activities for the entire family, Wrightsville Beach was named one of the world’s best surf towns and has earned a national reputation as a water sport hub among surfers, stand-up paddle boarders and other water sport enthusiasts. Find activities from surf to sound on this walkable island. Cruise on a scenic boat tour on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, book a Gulf Stream charter excursion or fish off historic Johnnie Mercer’s Pier. Enjoy the 2.5-mile scenic fitness trail, bike around the island on a beach cruiser, or just watch the sun rise or set over a waterfront meal featuring the fresh catch of the day.

This spring, enjoy a large range of activities from surf to sound at Wrightsville Beach. This sweepstakes includes:

Three nights of accommodations for four at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Sunset cruise for four from Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours
Surf lesson for four at Wrightsville Beach Surf Camp
Paddleboarding lesson and tour for two at Wrightsville SUP
$75 gift certificate to Oceanic Restaurant
$75 gift certificate to BlueWater Grill
$25 gift certificate to SurfBerry
Plus a $500 Visa gift card to help get you here

Sweepstakes Ends Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Taxes and gratuities not included.

See complete listing of Official Rules below.

via Get to Where the Beach Action Is: The Wrightsville Beach Sweepstakes.

With all the buzz surrounding our Charlotte Knights lately, of course there’d be a food angle. And I’m not talking the usual ballpark food (mmm gray hotdogs and strange “nachos”) …

If you haven’t already heard, the Charlotte Knights and Queen City Q are partnering to serve fans delicious BBQ at BB&T Ballpark. As part of this new venture, Queen City Q will become the Official BBQ of the Charlotte Knights and will have locations inside BB&T Ballpark for all games and events.

“We’re incredibly excited to be working with the Knights and can’t wait to serve all of their fans,” said Bryan Meredith, Queen City Q’s Managing Partner. “BB&T Ballpark is an amazing facility and will be a really fun venue to enjoy baseball and more. We’ll be serving up a variety of great BBQ and some ballpark-only surprises. Plus, we’re continuing one of the main reasons we opened our restaurant in the first place, and that’s to create jobs.”

If you’ve never been, Queen City Q is located at 225 E. 6th Street in uptown and dishes out a variety of BBQ from eastern NC, western NC and SC. All the BBQ is created in house from homemade recipes.

The Knights will open BB&T Ballpark on Friday, April 11 at 7:05 p.m. against the Norfolk Tides. Season tickets, as well as group tickets for the 2014 inaugural season at BB&T Ballpark are on sale and can be purchased by phone at (980) 207-0079, by email at seasonseats@charlotteknights.com, or in person by stopping by the Knights Uptown Offices located at Packard Place, 222 South Church Street, 3rd floor, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information about Charlotte Knights Baseball, log on to www.charlotteknights.com.

via Baseball & BBQ – Dine & Dish – April 2014 – Charlotte, NC.

Upcoming total eclipse of the moon on April 15th.

Get your summer started early at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina’s most accessible beach. Full of activities for the entire family, Wrightsville Beach was named one of the world’s best surf towns and has earned a national reputation as a water sport hub among surfers, stand-up paddle boarders and other water sport enthusiasts. Find activities from surf to sound on this walkable island. Cruise on a scenic boat tour on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, book a Gulf Stream charter excursion or fish off historic Johnnie Mercer’s Pier. Enjoy the 2.5-mile scenic fitness trail, bike around the island on a beach cruiser, or just watch the sun rise or set over a waterfront meal featuring the fresh catch of the day.

via Get to Where the Beach Action Is: The Wrightsville Beach Sweepstakes.

My husband spotting this hawk in the woods.

Hawk hunting in our woods

Hawk hunting in our woods

Here’s a picture of him a little closer…

Hawk Closeup

Pretty soon, he spotted something and landed on the ground… he had definitely caught a small snake.

Hawk Eating a Snake

Hawk Eating a Snake

Hawk Eating a Snake

Hawk Eating a Snake

This is Lady Charlotte at the Carolina Raptor Center. You’ll see more photos of her in days to come.

The back of a Bald Eagle.  Lady Charlotte at the Carolina Raptor Center.

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Spring:

Research – Know sunrise and sunset times for your locations; prepare for the proper weather regarding how you dress – bring bug spray

Macro Galore: Spring is synonymous with buds so be sure to tote your macro lens when you head into the field. Use it to create lots of depth of field to bring entire buds into focus but also think about shooting wide open to create selective focus effects.

Get Close in Other Ways: Macro lenses are great but you don’t have to lay out the big bucks for one. Extension tubes and close up filters also get the job done. If you go the route of close up filters, be sure to get dual element achromatic ones.

Get low / Look High: In that a lot of spring photography involves flowers, be sure to get down to the level at which the flowers grow and photograph them from that level rather than shoot down on them. Trees spring catkins, the new growth that comes before leaves. Many catkins make great macro subjects – be sure to look toward the sky to find them.

Dress Appropriately: Spring mornings can be chilly. Be sure to bring a light jacket. It’s also a rainy season so bring an outer waterproof shell and protection for your gear.

via Four Season Photography | Take Great Pictures.