Lancaster Virginia

Just Drifting

I often find myself strolling the shorelines of waterways looking for things of interest to photograph. One such item is driftwood of odd shapes or those that happen to be positioned in a certain way. While walking the shores of the Rappahannock River in Lancaster County, Virginia I came upon an area that serves as a magnet for driftwood and other marine debris. There must be something about the position of this shoreline and it's relationship with the tides that lend this area to collecting all sorts of things.

One of the many things I've photographed on this stretch of sand is this large piece of driftwood below.

Just Drifting
Just Drifting

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This piece has been in place for quite some time and will likely take a large storm of some sort to dislodge it. Unseen in this frame are the many branches buried deeply in the sandy shore, locking the driftwood in place. Judging by the size of this (at least 20-feet in length), it was likely the casualty of a previous storm along this waterway.

Next we have a black and white conversion of the scene above.

Just Drifting - black & white photo
Just Drifting - black & white photo

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Over the years, this area has seen it's share of tropical storms.

In a future post we will visit a once popular hangout along the river that is no more.

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The Meridian Trek

This past Summer (June 2012) I found myself at the Yankee Point Marina's boat yard in Lancaster Virginia, where many sailing vessels were in port for various maintenance and repair projects. Of the many sailboats I photographed, there were several that stood out for various reasons. One such standout was the Meridian Trek which hails from Marquette Michigan. I recall thinking to myself that I was going to see what I could find out about the Meridian Trek since she was so far from her home port.

As often happens when you take hundreds and hundreds of shots, the photograph was simply gathering digital dust on a storage device until recently when I rediscovered it while looking back through some of my catalogs.

What I found out was that the Meridian Trek has been slowly working her way down the east coast, as shown on this XPlot Position Map.

Meridian Trek
Meridian Trek

It was so beautiful standing in the morning light with it's wonderful color combination and what appeared to be a fresh coat of bottom paint.  Typical of facilities like this, you will see lots of clutter scattered about, so I blurred part of the image to keep the focus on the Meridian Trek.

I plan to track this yacht for some time and see where she ends up. Should it return to my area, I would surely make an effort to meet the owners,  Kim and Terrie Matthews and perhaps gain permission to board and learn more about their travels.

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Empty Slip

Empty Slip
Empty Slip

Let's take a quick trip to the Yankee Point Marina in Lancaster Virginia where there is an empty slip. Perhaps the boat is out at sea. It was an early morning this past Summer (2012), as the sun began it's ascent on what turned out to be another in a string of 100 degree (F) days. No matter the temperatures, it's hard to beat a day on or near the water. :-)

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Up the Creek

Up the Creek
Up the Creek

You have likely heard the term "Up the Creek" many times, usually meaning that one is in a troubling situation with no way out. In this post, the term takes on a more positive annotation as it simply refers to the location of a couple of sailboats I came upon in the early morning sun while out boating.

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As the sunlight filtered through the trees, one of the most beautiful mornings anyone could ask for unfolded before my very eyes. I was literally up the creek, as this is the very end of the waterway with no place else to go but back down stream and into the larger body of water known as Carter's Creek.

I recall it being so peaceful and quiet, only interrupted by the occasional sound of fish breaking the water as they fed on bugs along the surface. This fond memory is heading to the print shop and afterward, will reside on a wall space in my office.

The image was created from a 3-shot bracket (-2 to +2) which was hand-held. During post-processing the bracketed shots were aligned in Photoshop prior to the application of my usual treatments.

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