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Christmas Traditions‏

When we came back up to the Georgia mountains we thought it was confirmation of a new tradition for us – three straight years in Ellijay with friends. After all people need and like holiday traditions. It would be great to re-explore nad re-interpret the visual world of these mountains particularly the kaleidoscopic view from our friends’ back porch. What we got was a really old old fashioned Christmas. The secret? Pull the plug on the power and do Christmas sans the interference of light and power. (Storms and winds did that for us.) Dinner was easy. Just finish the French rack of lamb on the outdoor grill, break out candles and toast the season.

Let the power company turn the power back on for the night because, after all, this back-to-nature lark is only good for so long. Then let the storms and wind kill the power again in the early morning so the mood returns, particularly when reinforced by a deeply southern tradition: a good slug of bourbon in one’s Christmas morning egg nog. Merry Christmas.

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Seasons Greetings

It’s that time of year when the premises are perhaps awash with boxes – presents from far and near. If people peer into our boat when dimly lit, they will think we hit the mother lode. No such luck. We just have all our storage areas unpacked first for cyclical cleaning and then to allow access for electrical systems upgrades.

What did we get ourselves for Christmas? New inverters and a small supplemental DC current generator. Not sexy stuff? For us it is. These upgrades give us more energy efficiency and flexibility when we are off a dock which is, after all, the point of it all.

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Green Cove Springs Sunrise

 Storm clouds are coming so we have a most interesting morning. Then the clouds arrive and all we have is a gray day.

A wiser man and better photographer than I am readily shares his key to good photography, “Just get up.” It helps to be parked beside a nice old semi-abandoned ship that offers instant atmosphere. The Arctic Discoverer is our neighbor, our test platform for lens testing and other camera experiments, a home to a goodly number of pigeons and maybe to some eagles that are in the area. It has seen better days and what days they were. In the late 80’s, the Arctic Discoverer was the recovery vessel that pulled up some $200,000,000 in gold from the 1857 wreck of the SS Central America off Charleston. Now it is our friend. We check on it every morning and some mornings we have quite a treat.

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