Dolphins at the Outer Banks January 2008

I've lived at least part time on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the past ten years. Winters are wonderful for the wildlife that they bring and I love photographing that wildlife, when I can get close enough to it and when there's enough light. One of my favorite local animals are the bottlenose dolphins, but they're tough to photograph, as it's hard to get close to them -- even if I COULD walk on water, I'd be loath to get that salt water near the camera. Besides, animal and people pictures are usually most interesting when you can see their faces, and while I see a lot of dolphins, I don't see many dolphin faces, particularly not on bright, sunny days. 30 January 2008 broke the mold, however, with light winds (fewer waves=easier to spot dolphins), an almost cloudless sky, and lots of dolphins, some of whom even did a bit of jumping.

Our aerial observer (actually I just liked the snap and the blue sky)
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