26th of August

The few days of autumn like weather appear to be gone for now.  Sunday,  it felt  like summer again humid and a high near 90, but that didn’t stop Michele and I from having a great time.  After Church, we decided to go kayaking.  Our friends want us to go kayaking with them over Labor Day weekend at Cedar Point in the Croatan National Forest, and she needed a practice run.  I wanted to catch the moon rise at the Atlantic Beach.  Sunset was at 7:45 PM and the moon rise was at 8:06 PM.  It was going to be a long day.

We drove to Smith Creek to launch the kayaks.  It been a while still the last time Michele was kayaking.  We got there around 1:30 PM.  I had lost all respects to power boaters.  I thought going out of boat was relaxing and enjoyable.  It was cut-throat boating in Oriental.  They couldn’t wait to launch their power boats.  The same thing happen a few weeks back when we were launching the dinghy sailboat in New Bern. They didn’t slow down in a no wake zone for us.  We had both dogs with us.  Afterward, we were able to enjoy a relaxing dip in the pool before heading to Atlantic Beach.


Atlantic Beach at 19:24:14
1/200 F/9 ISO 100 50mm

The sunset was gorgeous.  Harley loves playing in the water and fetching the ball on the sand.  She is funny, after catching the ball she like lying down in the surf.

It was a perfect evening at beach.  The water temperature was 80 degree and the air 86.  It was a gorgeous evening.

Now We had to wait for the moon rise at 20:06.  I wasn’t sure how good it would be, seeing how it was cloudy on the horizon.  The moon was coming up at 103 degree (East).


Atlantic Beach Pier
at 19:57:48
1/25 f/4.8 ISO 1600 125mm
Atlantic Beach Pier
at 20:02:12 .
SHUTTER .4S f/4.8 ISO 100 110mm

I used my Nikon D7100 with the Nikon AF-S Nikkon 50mm f/1.8 lens to capture the sunset and the  Nikon AF-S Nikkon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR len for the moon rise. I practice using shutter speed for the evening pictures after sunset.  The moon rise wasn’t all that great because of the horizon was cloudy.  When I got home 40 minutes later, I capture the full moon again from my drive way.


Moon rise at Atlantic Beach at 20:07:18
Shutter 1.0s f/5.6 ISO 100 300mm
Full moon in New Bern at 21:32:28
1/200 f/5.6 ISO 200 300mm

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