Four Planets From Kiptopeke

Jez and I just spent four days at Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles, Virginia. I take a few days to go there every year, at least once a year, in the late summer or early autumn. Because it’s situated at the end of the Delmarva Peninsula, migrating birds get funneled right into the park as they try to stay over land, and it’s universally recognized among birders as a heavenly place to see tons of fall warblers and raptors.

Our timing wasn’t awesome this year. Besides being just a tad late in the migration season for the best birding, we had a massive high pressure system sitting imperiously in the sky on top of us until yesterday. High pressure weather systems make for beautiful weather, but aren’t so great for coaxing birds southward. Nevertheless, Kiptopeke is always wonderful to me, and with beautiful weather, my most beautiful Jez along with me, and clear skies to shoot the stars at night, I don’t really have any complaints.






I shot this yesterday morning, just before sunrise. (They are both clickable, for the full-sized versions.) Besides a few new birds to add to my life-lists, I can add Mercury and the Andromeda galaxy (which I’d shot the night before). I’d never had a confirmed sighting of either before this week, so despite the birding being less than stellar, it was really a wonderful week.

Kiptopeke now has wifi out to the campsites (for a little extra per night), but I go there specifically to disconnect from the world so I’ll be catching up the blog over the next few days with shots I took whilst out there. I’ve also got most of the Charlotte Brain Tumor Race still sitting first in line in the queue, which takes priority, so if you’ll be a little patient, I’ll be swift as I can be.



To repeat the disclaimer, this is a project about re-discovery. It’s about remembering who I am, what I’m about, what I love and what I do not. Fair warning, this project will be posted here rather than at my SFW site because there will be nudity from time to time. Some of it will be of me, some not, some artistic and pretty to look at, some just raw.

I don’t intend to think of something every day and then shoot it, though I may do that sometimes, too. But sometimes I will just shoot, and then find something about myself in the frames and post about that thing, whatever it is.

All my #365SelfDiscovery posts will be filed here.


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Louis Shackleton is an intimate portraiture artist and wildlife photographer formerly based in Wilmington, NC. After 3 years of traveling the continent in his 2001 VW Passat, he's now settled in Seattle, Washington.

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