Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What's with the old photos????

Sorry about the old photographs in the last couple of posts. Just about all of them have been published on the blog before. In fact this photo below of Bruce on Core Sound was the first photo we published on the blog.


I've been wanting to create a couple of collections of photographs, one group showing calm water and the other one with stormy weather. Those are of course the far ends of the weather spectrum. Mostly the weather is somewhere in between. But sometimes it is windy and rough, other times it is glassy calm. I kind of enjoy both conditions.

Anyway I wanted to create these collections so I could look at them once in a while (I've found the blog to be both a great log book and a nice, easily accessible photo album). I've put links to these posts off to the right under "some photographs" and I will continue adding to them as I find other images or, once the weather warms, shoot some new ones.

Maybe I'll put together some other collections some day but for right now these are all I wanted to do.

steve

stormy




Bell Creek


Little Annemessex River, Crisfield

Pamlico River



Bonner Bay


Jones Bay


Little Pungers Creek, South Marsh Island


Tangier Island


Bell Creek


Pamlico River


Core Sound



Eastern Bay



Core Sound


Caffee Bay


Great Island


Cedar Creek, Mouse Harbor


Wysocking Bay


Pamlico River



Swanquarter Bay


Jones Bay


Bell Creek

Oriental Harbor


Monday, November 29, 2010

calm


Abel Bay


Cedar Creek


The Neuse River



Steve's Cove, off the Choptank River


Little Annemessex River


Cod Harbor, Tangier Island


Tangier Sound


Norfolk


Dobbins Island, Magothy River


Smith Island



Warehouse Creek, Chesapeake Bay


Tred Avon River

Tangier Sound



The Swash, Core Sound


The Swash



Pamlico Sound



Neuse River



Great Fox Island, Chesapeake Bay



The Swash, Core Sound


Chesapeake Bay

Spencer Bay, off of Pamlico Sound



Dixon Creek, off of Pamlico Sound



Wysocking Bay



Mouse Harbor



Elizabeth River


Saturday, November 27, 2010

less than a hundred days...

There is Bruce at the tiller of Spartina just as we left Wysocking Bay and sailed out onto Pamlico Sound on Day Two of the SkeeterBeater. I like that early morning light on Bruce and the sails. Those clouds in the background were the front edge of a little squall that reached us a few minutes later.
We had seen the dark clouds come down from the Outer Banks so we had our foul weather gear on when the rain arrived. It was dark, breezy and very rainy for a few minutes, then just as quickly returned to blue skies and sunshine.


I'm heading out to my hometown of San Diego in a few days, a chance to see my Mom and some friends. I'll bring some charts along and at some point Bruce and I will sit down and talk about possible trips for next year.

It was barely warm enough to varnish today but I did get a third coat on the mast as the temperature hovered around 50 degrees. I did the painting on our west facing porch in the afternoon, the reflected light on the porch keeping things just a little bit warmer. If I'm lucky I'll get another coat on tomorrow.


I while I was getting some new brushes at Home Depot I went ahead and picked up a 36 pack of double "a" batteries. Good price I thought with each battery costing just 39 cents (I've seen four-packs for sale where each battery cost $1.40). These batteries, along with the dozen or so left over from last year, will see me through next year. But I still need some lithium batteries (which I've noticed don't go on sale very much).

And as winter approaches I start counting the days until I can get back out on the water. Counting those days will be easier this year as Dawn has added a countdown to her blog for the 2011 Watertribe Everglades Challenge. That event - scheduled to start March 5 of next year - usually coincides with the first sunny warm days that we get in the Mid-Atlantic. So less than a hundred days to go and hopefully I'll have some nice weather to get out on the water.

steve