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Alistair Nicol
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You might think this is a scene from one of those Vietnam war movies of bombs exploding on an exotic beach. But actually this is Bulls Island just off the coast of Charleston South Carolina. The lights of civilization radiate off low hanging clouds and give this raw coastline an amazing feeling.
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I've been wanting to do this for a long time now and it all finally came together on a quick trip out to the beach where we could experiment on saturated grounds.

I know I've been a little bit scarce over here lately mostly because I'm really excited about Instagram. Who's using instagram. Drop your link in the comments so I can check out your page.

Here is mine -
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Excited to see your work on Instagram. :)
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Super thankful today for clean water, warm sun, the great outdoors and crazy family. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!
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G+ is a complete mystery these days +Danica Macanga! :)
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Looking Glass Falls 
~super high water volume edition~

One of the most iconic falls and one that absolutely warrants a visit in Western North Carolina is Looking Glass Falls right on Hwy 276. The color is always spectacular on that stretch of Hwy and with the abundant rain we had all Saturday we figured why not see how crazy the water flow would be at Looking Glass. Standing on the lower landing of the stairs was an experience.

The force of the spray was really intense and we had to backtrack about 100 yards before we could safely consider using the camera.
Anyway here is one I really liked showing the full force of the water. It was a great way to close out our Saturday before dinner.

Love some Western North Carolina this time of year.
Where are you getting it this fall?
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+Alistair Nicol You are welcome! :) Have  a great new week!
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"Cold Embrace"  || Price Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway

There are only a few short weeks left until Sept 23rd, the first day of fall. At times like this, I find my mind drifting off to cooler memories and cooler locations like this one from back in February where the lowest actual temperature we experienced was around -14. With the sun out it was actually rather pleasant, but once it was gone and the wind picked up we sure felt it.

The lake was frozen solid and of course we had to at least give it a little test to see if we could fall in. :) Luckily no one did.

I'm currently planning for two backpacking trips into the mountains to cool off a bit, one just me and the boys. Not sure how long we will last, or how far we will hike, but I know it's going to be fantastic.

Hope you are staying cool!
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Thanks +vanessa morales!!  :)
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Aqua Dream
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There is nothing like a bright fire to warm the bones after a long day of hiking and photography in the backcountry. This little crop of rocks served as a perfect windbreak on the otherwise exposed ridgeline.
#optoutside #nightout #astrophotography
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Merry Christmas all!

Wishing you a safe and festive day and season from the Carolina Coast. :)
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Surveying the incredible colors of sunrise splashing over a sea of fall splendor. 

Happy Friday all. Have a great weekend!
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The weekend is here!! 

This is my idea of a relaxing Labor Day.  What are your plans this weekend?
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"Coming Home"
Appalachian Trail, Jane's Bald

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity" - John Muir

We just concluded our Astrophotography Workshop in Boone North Carolina and what a blast it was. Despite turbulent weather we got some incredible light and good clearing in all our locations to work on our night skills.

Here you can see our group traversing the ridge along Janes Bald with head lamps blazing. Storms rolled through the area all evening and different areas of the trail were drenched in rain. We skirted back and forth along the ridgeline avoiding the rain, cathing the best light and settling down in spots when the clouds cleared to capture those starry skies. 
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Adventurer, Landscape Photographer and Educator
I am an award winning fine art photographer and educator based in Charleston, South Carolina. I was born in Cape Town South Africa, and developed a love for both the ocean and the mountains at a young age. My thirst for adventure started early hiking and exploring Table Mountain and surfing the many beaches. Capturing and remembering this incredible world has always been my passion.

If you want to follow along with my adventures head over to my website and subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

Together with Tommy White I teach landscape photography through Mountains To Sea Workshops. Mountains to Sea Workshops is dedicated to providing the highest quality photography instruction and is designed for the outdoor landscape and nature photographer, from those just starting out to those that have been shooting for years.  Stop on by to see where we are headed next. 
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