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Sue Rakes Photography

Sue Rakes Photography http://www.suerakes.com Let's Chat! Call me at 919-618-4761

Sue Rakes has served the Carrboro, Chapel Hill and NC Triangle area for over 24 years.!

She is a PPA Master Photographer who crafts photos for each family and their pets. Sue has been a photographer at 100's of weddings and engagements from the NC Outer Banks to our NC mountains too. Her goal is to create compelling, sentimental, heirloom images from each session with your Family, your Pet, Seniors who are graduating High School or College, as well as Headshots and photos needed for

She is a PPA Master Photographer who crafts photos for each family and their pets. Sue has been a photographer at 100's of weddings and engagements from the NC Outer Banks to our NC mountains too. Her goal is to create compelling, sentimental, heirloom images from each session with your Family, your Pet, Seniors who are graduating High School or College, as well as Headshots and photos needed for

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Clinging or growing?This cool morning paddling Falls Lake filled with the pollen mists in the distance. I saw these tree...
04/03/2020

Clinging or growing?

This cool morning paddling Falls Lake filled with the pollen mists in the distance. I saw these trees at shoreline and paused to reflect and look at my responses...do I cling and have anxiety about the past and future or do I adapt to the changes and grow in this moment?

It’s a blessing this is Spring...so many reminders surround us urging us to be in the present!

Let me know your thoughts
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#changeisgood #changeyourmindset #adapt #cling #anxietyawareness #spring
#awakenings #paddlelife #kayaklife #fallslake #familytimeisthebesttime #ilovemyboat

Paddling again yesterday ... I promised myself I’d stop at least once to explore the land behind an interesting cove to ...
03/31/2020

Paddling again yesterday ... I promised myself I’d stop at least once to explore the land behind an interesting cove to stretch my legs, have lunch and process a little bit more of my feelings during this pandemic.

What does it mean? How do I begin to reframe my future? What upsets me and why? How can I remain in awareness while not being overwhelmed by my powerlessness? How can I use the lessons to help empower me?

Big questions!

Normally, while touring or paddling some distance I set my sights on a point and paddle fairly hard noting my breath and stroke rhythm ... speeding up and rest paddling in a high intensity/rest pattern without stopping. A 17.5 foot boat takes a bit of work to move but once it tracks there is effortlessness.

Yesterday I chose to not fight gusts of wind, full throttle boaters appearing out of nowhere, and wanted to edge as far away as I could from folks trying to find their own peace fishing.

There is a lot to navigate right now!

I opted for a new journey this day. Stay close to shore, appreciate what was right beside me and study the new shores and coves.

I happened upon sunning turtles, expansive patches of pollen separating like glacial silt, surprised great blue herons I didn’t even see as they blended into their fishing spots, and delighted in each wild azalea and each tree’s new buds in bloom. This was a new way for me to get from A to B.

It was in this new approach I was able to spot this tiny swing poking out from under this cedar. I stopped, ate lunch and had a nice long chat with a dear friend. I looked around and felt slightly repulsed that others had created this spot leaving all of their trash behind. I chose to sit in its midst experiencing the part I loved most about it!

My view, the pastoral dream of my past, the great chat with my dear friend and the simpleness of that present moment.

I choose to stay away from those toxic entries on social media - you know the ones, who spew their own agenda and ignorance. It’s true: misery loves company.

I need to see that everyone copes in their own unique way.

I will find new ways to enjoy the beauty in this moment.

Track effortlessly and find tranquility right beside me

How are you choosing to cope?

Some history here...I was a Kayak Ranger for the USFS (Forest Service) in the 90s. I was so lucky to work with one other...
01/17/2020

Some history here...I was a Kayak Ranger for the USFS (Forest Service) in the 90s. I was so lucky to work with one other guy named Neil Huddleston. We lived in Tracy Arm/Fords Terror Wilderness (a 653,000 acre preserve 45 miles South of Juneau AK and 90 miles North of Petersburg AK) within the Tongass National Forest. This was the first year USFS had a Kayak Ranger program and it was more than an honor to do this crazy job. We rarely had contact with JRD (our ranger station) and we worked in very cold water in 12 foot boats for 7-10 days at a time. One tour we were sopping wet the entire time day and night (its a rainforest). We were flown in by float plane. It was just us and the bears and a few cruise ships, some mountain goats and seals. As seen we often had no level ground to pitch our tents and where we did we saw LOTS of bear sign. It was breathtaking to paddle surrounded by a multitude of water falls looking straight up huge granite walls jutting straight out of a glacially carved fjord with icebergs floating past us. The wind was our only enemy. The seals would calve brand new babies near the retreating glaciers (yes there were 2!) because orca and other predators did not make the many mile journey in the silt-filled deep fjords! Migrating tern summered at the Sawyer Glacier terminus’ hoping to pick up churned bits of food when the glaciers calved. Oh the stories of loading and unloading boats with water surges and climbing over rock weed. We led interpretive programs on fancy cruise ships too! We dined at the Captain’s table and entertained visitors for a few hours pointing out wildlife as we passed by the rock walls. Boarding a moving ship from a kayak? Ask me (it wasn’t something any sane paddler would have thought they’d do). Here are a few images from the first set of this experience...let me know if I should post more or wax on any further, OK? BTW I shot all of these on my Minolta X700 with slide film #Seattlefilmworks and #provia
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#kayaking🚣 #paddling #tracyarmfordsterrorwilderness #usfs #kayakranger #southeastalaska #sawyerglacier #juneaualaska #juneau #juneaulife #wonderful_places #landscape #nature #naturephotography @ Tracy Arm Fjord

I need insight from you guys!  Trying to pick my favorite of this early morning series (after a quick sleep on the side ...
12/17/2019

I need insight from you guys! Trying to pick my favorite of this early morning series (after a quick sleep on the side of the road in our rental truck) ... kind of trippy. This lady Veteran pulled up with her trailer qnd was totally blasting some amazing Van Morrison tuneage. She set up her flags and orange cones limiting others access but who cares, she clearly had some statements to make and sacrificed a lot more than I ever have I bet. Let me know your fave please
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#oregonexplored #oregoncoast
#pnwonderland #Oregonisbeautiful #oregonuncovered #pnadventures #pnuncovered #destinationpnw #pnwescapes #capture_the_pnw #pnwdiscovered #canoneosr #canonphotography #canon #canon_photo #suerakesphotography #wonderful_places #landscape #nature #naturephotography #world_beautifulshots
#jaw_dropping_shots #planetearth #super_shotz #givebacktonature #travel #adventure #amazing_shots #landscape_lovers @ Yachats, Oregon

Not one for sunset pix but this one is kinda cool...#sunset_united #facerock #nature_shots #orangery
12/12/2019

Not one for sunset pix but this one is kinda cool
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#sunset_united #facerock #nature_shots #orangery

After a full days drive all the way down the Oregon coast on a map-find-whim it was going to be a hit or miss with this ...
12/12/2019

After a full days drive all the way down the Oregon coast on a map-find-whim it was going to be a hit or miss with this envisioned scene (and no place to stay)...that’s how it is when I head out with my camera, truck and tent. About a hour into waiting for sunset George exclaimed “I’m hungry for Taco Bell”! “George, you have no idea how many hours we are from anywhere right now but I promise we’ll find one after we leave”...tried many spots as this sun blazed under the earth’s edge (you’ll see many in upcoming posts)...but after it got cold and deeply dark we headed back up the coast. Well before we crept into the first small town I was unable to rouse the road-weary George :(
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#purple #oregonlife #oregonisbeautiful #tacobell #vacationvibes #nature_shots

Best part of the beginning of Winter-putting your coat on and finding this in your sleeve pocket!...#winteriscoming #win...
11/26/2019

Best part of the beginning of Winter-putting your coat on and finding this in your sleeve pocket!
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#winteriscoming #winter❄️ #happy

One of the prettiest multiple day hikes ever - can you tell?This is my film capture of an exciting strenuous trip into t...
10/02/2019

One of the prettiest multiple day hikes ever - can you tell?
This is my film capture of an exciting strenuous trip into the Sawtooth Wilderness. Eldest son said we were total lameos for planning a mere 4-5 day trip...I thought the introduction into Wilderness camping should be short and simple so I wouldn’t get expressions like these....so we packed for 8 days....EXTRA food is heavy!!! Thankfully (to my tremendous relief) the boys decided that they weren’t wanting to use camp as a base for further ascents/descents after crossing a snow field at an impressive 10,000 foot pass (youngest thought I bailed). We struggled recovering blisters/heat, annoying masses of rabid mosquitos, multiple water crossings, and gratefully, a cleared avalanche but the impromptu fishing and breathtaking views of pristine lakes surrounded by colorful blooming wildflowers was deeply memorable. I love camping and hiking solo (weirdly craving the PIA parts) but my JOY in sharing this new adventure with these guys may have equaled their quiet displeasure with me for dragging them in there. Added bonus: being reminded how little we really need as we camped out of a rental truck (backpacking is an intense exercise in minimalism carrying everything we need in under 30#)
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#filmisnotdead #olympus #olympusxa2 #getolympus #olympuskameras #olympusambassador #leavenotrace #minimal_phototrip #lovemysons @ Sawtooth Wilderness

Wolfgang ...#dogsofinstagram #miata #mazdaspeedfans #zoomzoom #mydogmylove
09/25/2019

Wolfgang
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#dogsofinstagram #miata #mazdaspeedfans #zoomzoom #mydogmylove

Camping amongst the van folks-a sweet early morning lady rode by declaring I had smallest rug ...#ashevillevanliferally2...
09/21/2019

Camping amongst the van folks-a sweet early morning lady rode by declaring I had smallest rug
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#ashevillevanliferally2019 #ashevillevanliferally #ashevillevanlife

09/20/2019

This is the 2nd smashed truck I’ve seen blocking 40 this morning !

09/20/2019

One of my favorite parts of this adventurous hiking trip into the Sawtooth Wilderness was the pass above alice lake - we had the most lovely weather too!
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#alicelake #alicelakeidaho #sawtoothwilderness #hiking👣

Yep!  Another reason I love my #Em1X .... easy to hand hold loooong shots because of the body stabilization (so I don’t ...
07/16/2019

Yep! Another reason I love my #Em1X .... easy to hand hold loooong shots because of the body stabilization (so I don’t have to hike up tall mountains with a tripod in my backpack)....AND I am being contrary now as I say I purposely dragged this exposure out (long exposure, low iso, 1/3 hand hold steady on ground while 2/3 of time dragging down water) for a slightly artsy effect ... you may need to see the print to really appreciate it :)
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#olympusphotography #olympuskameras #olympusem1x #olympusnorge #microfourthirds #microfourthirdsgallery #getolympus #flapjacklakes

3 loves in my life...my family, nature and my cameras!  Put them all together and there is one happy lady named Sue (and...
07/16/2019

3 loves in my life...my family, nature and my cameras! Put them all together and there is one happy lady named Sue (and a few beloved children waiting ever so patiently).....my #em1x is sooooo fun to backpack with because I can use the built in ND filter setting (and preview the effect to speed things up for those incredibly patient children of mine) AND many other bonuses I use while creating images in the field (which I will continue to share). This stream separated our site from both of the Flap Jack lakes in Washington...what a hike this bitch was!
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#olympus #olympusambassador #micro43 #getolympus #olympusem1x #flapjacklakes #olympicnationalpark #olympicnp #naturehippys_ #whodoesntlovewater

Craaazy beautiful backpacking trip into the Sawtooth Wilderness for the last 4 days.  We covered lots of elevation gains...
07/15/2019

Craaazy beautiful backpacking trip into the Sawtooth Wilderness for the last 4 days. We covered lots of elevation gains and drops, were greeted by clouds of mosquitos at each camp we set up, caught some lovely trout in the alpine lakes, and trekked through snow at highest pass and avalanche (cleared) - so many good memories - I could spend all summer in the Sawtooths and never cover it all!
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#sawtoothnationalforest #sawtoothwilderness #alicelake #toxaway #toxawayloop #backpacklifestyle #backpacker #backpacks #sawtoothmountains #wilderness_culture @ Alice Lake (Sawtooth Wilderness)

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