top of the Chesapeake Bay

Susquehanna Lock House Museum

Susquehanna Lock House Museum

Susquehanna Museum and Lock House

Across the Inlet

Glancing across the inlet. At first glance it seems just part of the world we live in. Much like traveling a highway, the view changes rapidly and often without notice. But taking notice of shoreline scenes can be a very interesting hobby to undertake. For those of us fortunate enough to live near one of these elements of nature's beauty, it can become commonplace, even overlooked. I have always enjoyed my wanderings along the shorelines of the Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries simply because it is here that the world provides simplistic but wonderful views of the connection between mankind and nature.

Photograph: Across the Inlet
Photograph: Across the Inlet

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The shoreline scene above was taken in Havre de Grace Maryland, the city at the very top of the Chesapeake Bay and a place I have always enjoyed visiting.

Here is a Black & White conversion using Topaz's new Black & White Effects 2, which is now in Beta. I was so happy to get my hands on a sneak peek version. The upgrade is due to be released in mid-February, which means very soon! :-)

I can tell you this, if you are a version 1 user you will not be disappointed because version 2 is greatly improved. I will have a review up later this week.

Black and white photograph: Across the Inlet
Black and white photograph: Across the Inlet

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Settled in 1658, Havre de Grace has a steep history and I look forward to bringing you some of the city's Colonial and Victorian architecture.

Thanks for visiting!

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting The Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders School in Havre de Grace Maryland. It was a chance encounter that turned into a great time. I was in town to photograph the Concord Point Lighthouse (future post) and came upon a gentleman nearby who was opening what appeared to be a boat repair shop. Little did I know that the place was an actual school where they teach the craft of building and restoring wooden boats, mainly canoes. There were canoes inside that dated to 1940 and earlier. Talk about a great find, I was like a kid in a candy boat shop. :-) By the way, the town is located on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay where the Susquehanna River empties into it.

Tim (the gentleman I met) gave me the grand tour of the place and told me some great stories about the school's heritage and some history regarding this craft. There were even some old photographs inside to take me back to a bygone era. Speaking of photos, I posted this multi-processed shot of Oars and Canoes a week or so ago. Not far from the corner where I found that image I took the shot below.

Chesapeake Wooden Boat School
Chesapeake Wooden Boat School

Each of these canoes has been restored, saved from the scrap heap where they would likely have been burned to ashes. I learned a good deal about the restoration process while there, which is quite fascinating. The school's mission is to teach wooden boat building skills from readily available materials. It's there way of preserving the maritime heritage of the upper Chesapeake Bay. This is old fashioned boat building at it's very best.

Such a pleasurable visit was this that I plan to go again sometime soon. I promised the Co-Director, Mr. Bud Gillis that I would.

As you can see and as one might expect, an operation like this calls for a little creativity to get some photos, as you're working in close quarters.

Below I converted the image above to B&W.

Chesapeake Wooden Boat School - B&W
Chesapeake Wooden Boat School - B&W

If you are ever in Havre de Grace Maryland, you must swing by this place. It's located just below the Maritime Museum at 100 LaFayette Street.

We'll have a look at some other shots from the school soon.

Thanks for visiting!

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