Thursday, July 12, 2007


While vacationing on Virginia’s beautiful Eastern Shore I noticed this old boat lying in a salt marsh. I passed on photographing her in the harsh light of noon and returned later to capture her in the warm low angle light of evening.

I consider this the best image I captured on our trip. Not only was I captivated by the beauty of the scene but it also appropriately illustrates what was truly a Murphy’s Law vacation. I once believed that problems came in threes, on this vacation it certainly did, twice over. The final straw caused us to return home two days early but that must wait for a later post.


Chad Oneil Myers said...

Good Image.

Yeah, you've got to post about your trip. From what I've heard, it's quite the story.

Unknown said...

This shot is totally awesome. I love love love it. I'm glad you went back to capture it in the right light because it is perfect. the boat, the weeds growing over it, the background.. wonderful.

Sorry your vacation wasn't a good one :(

Doug said...

Very nice photo. It's the kind I like to use as a writing prompt.

photowannabe said...

I simply love this type of photo. Everything about it is great, the textures, lighting and composition.
Sorry your trip didn't go as planned. Interested to hear what happened.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for stopping and commenting on my blog. I appreciate it a lot.

I saw this boat picture and my heart beat really fast. I think I know the man who built it. He was an old farmer in Darke County Ohio whose name was Webster Eichelbarger. He built boats used on Lake Erie and other places during the winter when he could not do any other work on the farm.

He was passing away from some rare skin disease (in those days) and told me to go to the barn and his shop and pick out a model. I did. I played with it all of my growing up years. It was big enough to float and hold me when I was small.

Over the years it was stored in hot attics and the cabin came off. So it was removed altogether and now, one of my daughters has it in her living room sitting upright on the stern.

It looked just like this boat. I was stunned.

Anonymous said...

Salty, I can't wait to here the "rest of the story" as Paul Harvey says. I really like this picture. Nautical subjects are among my favorite but being in Missouri I rarely get to see them.

I have posted a link to your site and Chad's from mine but I see you already beat me to it. I will enjoy sharing history stories back and forth.

Jill said...

Nice "catch" on this one!!

Kate said...

Oh, the stories it could tell! Great light; you were right to wait.