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Boo!

And a good boo to you from the gals, ghosties and ghoulies in Charleston.

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Evening Reunion

And what did you do last summer? It’s a scene repeated many times, in many places over the years -  back at school, back from a summer at the beach or in the mountains. Time to catch up. In the case of boaters the agenda is the same and different. Where did you go? Maine for one; Canada for the other. Have a good time? A grand time was had by all. Then it comes time to kill a bottle of wine while swapping sea stories, comparing notes about ports, places and experiences with the all important chronicling of breakdowns & disasters at sea, major and minor.

Really no different for cruisers than other folks. In this case made all the more special because it was a chance encounter. Our paths intersected at the Pungo Creek anchorage and may not again for a long time.

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More of That Seeing Stuff

When the light got strong Sunday morning, it became uniform and the larger scenes followed suit. They became less nuanced, less interesting. So we began looking away from overall creek views. Dee wandered off to chase light in the trees.  I looked down. The tide was beginning to come in floating up patches of what I would guess to be partially dried surface mud, creating interesting swirls and drifts in the process. So I stuck my head in the mud (a position some will say I am all too familiar and comfortable with) and, being a boy who refuses to grow up, I played.

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Moone Creek Salt Marsh

We often photograph together starting in the same spot then wandering off shooting what interests us. Invariably, when comparing notes, we wind up commenting, “I didn’t see that.”

Sunday morning we were in the exact same spot as we stood on a salt marsh dock for several hours working the morning light from before sunrise until full sun hit the creek. Can’t say we couldn’t see the same things. Occasionally we worked the same scene from similar spots on the dock at the same time. Yet, as always, we saw things in different ways. Dee worked my dock line but never captured its strong lines and missed the contrasting texture. I worked the trees at the water’s edge but tried to force the issue by zooming in more and totally missed structural qualities imparted by the pine limbs and the texture contrast created by the pine visually contacting the grasses.

This seeing bit – that’s what makes photography, challenging, frustrating and fun. We enjoy comparing what we see on a given day so decided to share. Two different images. Two different moods. Both shot from almost the same spot on the dock.

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Town & Country Day

Saturday was Town & Country Day in Smithfield. It starts off with a 5K race, the Hog Jog. Everyone should now know what town and state we are in so let’s move on. The highlight of the day is all the old cars and true hot rods that come in for show and for judging – something like 128 of them. My definition of true hot rod: old body, massive replacement engine like say an Offenhauser (the engine company that made virtually all motors for the old front engine Indianapolis 500 racers) in a 1930 Ford. The colors, the detailing, the ornaments on these babies – what a delight.

Archie Deans entered his 1940 DeLuxe. That hood ornament says V8 and I am here to tell you it was no 1940 engine. With its deep candy red color and its bullet shaped aerodynamics, this gem is gorgeous but it may not have even placed in the competition. That was the kind of day it was. So if you ever are in Hampton and see Archie and his Ford give him you respects. Tell him you are powerful proud of him. He has earned it.

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Kabuki

The Providence Journal and other newspapers select their lead story based upon having a dominant image for the front page. No picture, no lead story. So, in keeping with that dying tradition, today’s Postcard is totally derivative of the image.

This past weekend we visited the household of two distinguished cats, Kabuki and Inari. How so distinguished? Maybe I should characterize them as accomplished for the household is run by them. They have a nice Alexandria, Virginia townhouse with live in servants and occasionally have guest servants. Since we failed miserably in our demanded role of kitchen help to the stars, we had to make up for our transgressions by becoming celebrity photographers.

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