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Monday, March 3, 2014

Mathews, Virginia; East River - March 2, 2014 - 74° and sunny.  March 3, 2014 - 29°; winter storm, schools closed throughout the Tidewater area, and 8" of snow.  Love living in Virginia.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Early morning view over the York River, watching the nearby Osprey hunt for their breakfast.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Birds of prey are my favorite birds.  If there's any such thing as reincarnation .... I want to come back as a bird of pray.  The Ospray that live along the Chesapeake Bay are such graceful birds.  I could watch them for hours as they soar and stalk their next fish for lunch.

This pair of Ospray have made home on top of the York River Bridge.   As I was sitting in traffic, creeping across the bridge, I was able to get a close up.  Everyday I see the birds as I pass over the bridge.  It appears that there are the pair, plus a juvenile from last year still hangin' out with his folks.  I've watched them carrying twigs and such to build their home.   It's a true delight to see.  They seem to be able to adjust to the changing environment and carry on with their daily lives just like us -- no matter how noisy the neighbors.
Flounder Fishing is always a treat.  And, we're gearing up here in southeast Virginia for the many fishing tournaments.  But this one is one-of-a-kind in my book.   It's the 10th Annual Flounder Fishing Tournament to support the Boys & Girls Club of Gloucester.   Flounder fisherman, waterman and the generic anglers all come together to throw their hooks in the water to see who can win the prize !   If you're finding yourself on Virginia's coast in mid-July ... come and catch a flounder or two -- it's for a great cause and you'll have fun too.   

Hosted by Crown Pointe Marina in Perrin, VA.  Great sponsors, great food, fun, and fishing too !  

View from the Jamestown Scotland Ferry.  It's worth the trip just to listen to the diesel engines purr and the salty breeze on your face.  Don't sit in the car -- you'll miss the best part of the trip.... enjoying the 360' panoramic views from shore to shore of the James River. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Autumn Fog

Surrounded on three sides by water, Gloucester is a huge peninsula offering views around Gloucester's many miles of waterfront and five rivers, which are always unique and special. This particular morning the fog had taken over the bridge and river, creating a stunning affect, causing the York River Bridge appear as if it just falls into the water, with no hint of land in site on the other end.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunrise on the Ware River

We're lucky to be surrounded on three sides by water -- The Chesapeake Bay is home and provides many with jobs, recreation, food and fun. Let me lay this out, there are several peninsula's that enjoy hundreds of miles of shoreline, with expansive views, remarkable wildlife, and the most remarkable sunrises and sunsets. From every vantage point, the view is awesome and shouldn't be taken for granted. We're all very sure that the sun will rise and sun will set, but you need to take a moment to actually watch it for yourself. It's quite, serene and peaceful, and quite wonderous. Through the deafening morning quiet, the shore birds are calling to each other to wake and up and greet the waterman and their work boats that will soon be making their way and start their day making their living on the many rivers and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Autumn in Virginia

I took a ride down the Colonial Parkway. The trees are starting the change and are beautiful shades of yellows, oranges and reds. The dogwoods are some of the first to change colors. As the state tree, its quite prominant along the parkway and the shoreline of the rivers and tributaries. Looking across the river from the Gloucester side to the Peninsula, you understand how beautiful nature really can be if you stop and look for "the forrest among the trees". Anyway, as a drive along the parkway, my mind never fails to wander about all the fun I had growing up on my dads workboat. Now, the days are getting shorter, the temps are a little cooler. The crab season is winding down, and there aren't many work boats or sport fisherman out on the river today -- it's is quite quiet and serene.

We have hundreds of miles of shore line here in Virginia, and it's all beautiful anytime of year. It's no wonder that so many people when they move here, love the water enough to stay and call it home.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Chesapeake Bay is in my Blood

The York River and Chesapeake Bay are home because that's where the boat was at. The boat was a gorgeous hand built wooden hull dead rise named "Go-Go". Made for the the shoreline here in Virginia and the tributaries of the Bay, the dead rise drafts very little -- perfect for getting into the shallow waters where the crabs call home.

I think my first real memories are of being on the pier or at the creek with my dad. As a grew older, I spent every waking minute that I didn't have to be at school with him on a boat or something to do with a Blue Crab. I remember every inch of shore line in every creek, every crack between every board on every pier. The York River is home. There's no place I'd rather be ... here on the coast of Virginia. Dad's gone now, but the memories are mine. Even now, each day I cross the York River, I look out and I remember ... every summer day, every sunrise, every crab pot, every eel pot, every net, and every jelly fish sting . . . and treasure it all.