Saturday, August 30, 2014

Interesting Pine

Ocracoke has a number of impressive live oaks. They are old, massive, and gnarled, sometimes with long twisting branches that almost touch the ground. At the same time, their broad crowns present beautiful silhouettes against the moonlit sky, especially on Howard Street. 

Below is a photo I took of an unusual pine tree on Ocracoke Island.

Can any of our readers tell us where this tree is located?

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  1. It looks like the nature trail across from the NPS campground. When we hiked there, I remember being impressed by the huge pines and the well-hidden hills (which I refer to as "Ocracoke Mountain").

  2. Anonymous10:23 AM

    Since I can see other pines in the shot, I would agree this gnarly guy is off the Hammock trail across from NPS campground.

  3. You are both correct. This pine tree is just off the left hand loop at the Hammock Hills Nature Trail.

  4. Anonymous5:58 PM

    Philip try taking some shots in moonlight. a full moon is generally 1/4 the brightness of the sun, if that helps you. it's not like the old film days, now you can just hit the delete button to erase a bad cost in that. practice in your backyard first unless your brave enough to be in the woods after dark! try 1,5,8,12 seconds until you can judge which direction to go - up or down in the timing...believe me if you shoot enough and mark your exposures WILL get a good picture then just mark it down for reference. Have fun!