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Postcard

Good heavens – a postcard. A fake actual postcard. Yep. Been to the beach and when one goes to the beach certain things must happen. Must play some miniature golf – didn’t do that although amazingly it still exists. Must have some salt water taffy – won’t do that. And must send out a really bad postcard saying something dumb like. “Having a good time. Wish you were here.” The real message is of course, “Don’t you wish you were here having a good time like we are?”

Dee’s exploration of Cape May’s Victorian neighborhoods is posted under Mo’ Pics.

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Joe White’s Bottom

Some time ago Shakespeare Cornette ran a gas station down at Joe White’s Bottom in Smithfield, Virginia. We are told a lot of liquor was consumed after hours. I take “after hours” to mean after the gang arrived whenever that was. The station is soon to open as a thrift shop to benefit the local animal shelter.

I just couldn’t resist turning the station into a photo opportunity so I prevailed upon the shop keepers to interrupt their set up chores and to get an old car collector to bring by a ’49 Chevy pick up to be our model. We learned quite a bit about photographing vehicles, like how to get ourselves in the reflections. Now we have to figure out how to keep ourselves out of the reflections.

In keeping with the old timey theme we wanted to shoot, I processed the image as a faded Autochrome film print. Wonder what it would have looked like if I got really into the spirit of the times and sipped some ‘shine while processing.

Anyway, the shop opens during Smithfield’s Olden Days this weekend. Y’all go on down to Smithfield. See plenty of antique vehicles. Find Joe White’s Bottom and spend some money. The kitties and doggies will love you for it.

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A Favorite – The Wooden Boat School

People often ask us where we have been and what our favorite places are. The first question is easy and fun to answer. After all what boater doesn’t love to tell sea stories? The second question is almost impossible. To declare one place or another as a favorite asks for a decision we don’t really make on our own. We simply enjoy too many places.
However, as we come up on early July we look back to our time in and out of the Wooden Boat School last summer with great fondness – matching our eagerness for getting back to Canada in a week or so. We can, I suppose, declare Canada a favorite place as we have altered long range plans to accommodate this summer’s visit. The Wooden Boat School definitely belongs on a clearly identified Favorites list.
To that end, I have put together and posted two galleries of the school on our web site. The attached Postcard is not designed to capture anything or suggest anything. It is a book cover as it were. The capturing and suggesting and, for me, reminiscing is in the two galleries.

Two sets of Wooden Boat School images are under the BCW Gallery Page.

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Windsor Castle Marshes

Marshes are lovely but, for me at least, tough to photograph – great sweeps of subtle color and detail. Lovely to look at. Marvelous places to be as long as one isn’t attacked by bugs. Amazingly we were not. Difficult to photograph – at least I find it so. My natural eye finds details to focus on and appreciate. My camera eye tends to get lost and the results go blah.

Thanks to Smithfield, Virginia’s new city park, we can get right on top of the marshes. No pushing one’s way through bramble. No climbing down banks. No trying to peer around trees at the edges. Windsor Castle Park, named after the colonial plantation whose grounds the park encompasses, has woods, walking trails and multiple boardwalks that skirt and cross over the marshes.

As always the time to be out on the walks is early on the morning or late in the afternoon. Now where have we heard that mantra before? Anyway, here’s our attempt to share a bit of the Windsor Castle park marshes.

A brief walk in the park gallery is posted under Mo’ Pics.

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Ya Gotta Get Up

“Ya gotta get up, ya gotta get up, ya gotta get up this morning!” So go the informal lyrics to the bugle call. Most of us don’t have to these days. On the other hand photography gurus will say, “Ya gotta.” We are early risers by habit, by cruising lifestyle and by photography imperatives and definitely benefit from doing so. Dee’s shots from our Cumberland Island departure awhile ago demonstrate that good things happen in low light.

The morning was made particularly spectacular by horizon hugging clouds to the east giving us muted dawn light and strong colors. So we had clouds, a waning moon strong colors and a spectacular old timer chugging by. Can’t ask for any more. By way of comparison, I had taken some shots of Freedom mid-day – lovely boat, ordinary images.

A couple more DDW images of the morning are posted  a Mo’ Pics gallery.

More information on Freedom and its restoration is at:

http://www.jamestownpress.com/news/2007-02-08/news/049.html

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