Rappahannock River

Gypsy Lady

Gypsy Lady

The Gypsy Lady of this post is neither a lyric or a book, but rather, a simple cabin cruiser docked along a waterway upstream from the magnificent Chesapeake Bay.

Docked Skiff

A docked skiff is seen just off the waters of the Rappahannock River as the evening light softened before sundown. The water was dead calm as I set up for the shot but that all changed during this long exposure as a speed boat whizzed by in the background. Notice the red line from the bow light and the ghost like image of the boat itself, which is barely visible.

Photograph of a docked skiff near the Rappahannock River
Photograph of a docked skiff near the Rappahannock River

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The water remained calm in this exposure since the wake from the boat had not shown itself while the shutter was open.

Timing is everything. I really didn't want the passing boat involved in this but at least the shot was complete while some serenity remained. :-)

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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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Coming Home Again

All along the Chesapeake Bay and it's rivers and tributaries you can find commercial fishing vessels of various sizes working their trade. For the smaller work boats and their crews, the season will soon be over as the temperatures drop and the fish move to deeper waters. Operations like the one pictured below will call it a season soon after Thanksgiving and spend the next few months relaxing with family and awaiting the arrival of Spring to begin the next commercial fishing season.

Coming Home Again
Coming Home Again

Captain Joe Henderson (2nd from right) and crew work the waters of the Rappahannock River and are seen here coming home again with a load of fresh fish. During the season they head out 6 days per week, often leaving around 1:00 am and returning at 8:00 am. Many operations like this supply the fish processing houses in the area, as well as local residents who meet them at the dock upon their return.

This is a gill-netting operation, requiring nets to be placed at a specific licensed location. Many work several nets, some of which extend for 1000 feet from one end to the other. Make no mistake about it, this is hard work that requires a good deal of knowledge, grit and dedication.

After long, hard hours on the open water, taking on the elements, it nice to see these crews coming home again.

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