My Fifteen Months of isolation
This is a collection of photographs that document my time in and around our hometown of Lewes, DE during the 15 plus months of the COVID pandemic. My wife and I are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place with so much nature around us. It made our time go so much better.
Eyes of the SeaHorseshoe crab of Lewes Beach. See them eyes looking at you? See more at randylroberts.com
BeachedI took this photograph on my early morning walk this morning on Lewes Beach. I've been seeing this little dinghy sitting up on the dune for some time now but I've not been able to capture it in a way that pleased me. This morning was different. the circular cloud cover along with the morning light gave it a more appealing look to my eye. My plan was to shoot it in color but I feel the black and white worked better.
It's A New DayTaken at 5:44 am on Lewes Beach. There's something special about being on the beach at sunrise
Algae on a Sunny MorningTaken on Lewes Beach a few mornings ago. The algae on this jetty was a brilliant green in the morning sunlight.
Plowing ThroughRecently someone asked me "How many photographs do you need of the Horseshoe Crabs?". My answer... as long as I keep finding different ways to capture them, I'll keep shooting them. I took this photograph at 6:22 this morning. It was close to low tide and I still had a bit of the golden glow of the sun.
Eye of the WhelkToday was the first time that I've ever had the opportunity to see the "Eye of the Whelk". I was out for my morning walk with my dog Juni and it was just coming on to low tide. The whelks were in abundance in the shallow water and this one caught my attention. While shooting I notice the Eye that I've never seen before.
Tracks in the SandYet another horseshoe crab on Lewes Beach. I enjoy seeing these prehistoric looking creatures as they make their way across the sand.
Morning ShowersOn a recent sunny day. Juni and I met some of our doggie friends on Lewes Beach during out morning walk today. I always enjoy seeing dogs enjoy themselves on the beach. I do think they have even more fun than we do.
Never Giving UpI thought I would post this photograph for those of you who are not aware of the uniqueness and beauty of the Horseshoe crab. These two had been in the process of mating when they were flipped onto their backs. I'm not sure how it happened but, it was most likely while the tide was in and they were being jostled around. As you can see that the male at the rear never gave up his hold on his female subject. Take a close look at their underside and the intricacies of their legs, claws, etc. Also look at the amount of sand that is caught in the shell of the male crab. That sand makes it extra difficult for them to turn over on their own. If left exposed on their backs for too long the heat and shorebirds will be their demise. These two along with many others will live to see another day because, as we walk the beach, we take the time to flip them back over. If you come across a horseshoe crab in your travels and it's laying on its back, consider giving it a flip but, don't pick it up by its tail. You could harm the crab by doing so.
Shot in my backyard
The BloomTiger Lily from my backyard.
Alone in LewesFor our afternoon walk today we decided to hike around downtown Lewes and it was a strange feeling being almost alone on a beautify sunny day.
The PorchI have shot this porch numerous times over the years and I just keep getting drawn back to it. The wicker chair on the right is losing all of it's covering on the left side arm rest, the porch posts are cracking and in need of a few coats of paint, the clutter of everything including in front of the front door, the squiggly bulb in the light, the overall disrepair... It's perfect in every way. I'm sure that it will catch my eye again in the future.
Turquoise, Blue & ChartreuseBeach colors of Lewes Beach. Taken during our morning walk today.
The Lone WhalerTaken during my morning walk on Lewes Beach.
Gills Neck Road ArchitectureTaken on our morning walk.
March on the BeachI wanted to get up very early this morning to for a walk on the beach before sunrise but it just didn't happen. So, I headed out for a much needed walk for both me and Juni during the late morning sun. It was a pleasure for us both but I do need to get back into the habit of getting up early.
Refreshing the ClotheslineIt was time for a new set of clothespins today so that we can hang out our beach towels and swimwear. Taken at f/2.2 with a 50mm prime lens so the depth of field is extremely shallow. All of that bokeh (blur) is straight from the camera. Taken in my backyard.
Old & In the WayAnd I love it... Disrepair seems to grab my eye... in black and white of course.
The Forest FloorHolly and I took Juni for a walk through the Cape Henlopen State Park yesterday and the pinecones laying on "The Forest Floor" caught my eye. We are trying to get out each day for a nice walk in nature while maintaining our distance from those around us. It's a strange time.
SUP in the MorningI took this photograph in the early morning hours last week. As I got to Lewes Beach I saw this guy heading out on his paddle board but he was pretty far away. My goal was to catch up to him so I could capture his photograph with the sun rising directly behind him. As you can see, I never caught up. I kept finding other things that caught my eye. The early morning low tides will be returning early next week and so will I. That's my favorite time to be there with my camera and my little dog Juni.
The Colors of JuneAnother day of a 5am start time so I could get down to Lewes Beach for the sunrise. There weren't any sailboats in the harbor but the colors were spectacular for about 10 to 15 minutes. The actual sunrise was a bit blah due to clouds at the horizon.
As the Sun Breaks the HorizonI climbed out of bed at 5am this morning so I could head down to Lewes Beach for the sunrise. When I first crossed the dune to enter the beach I saw this sailboat moored in the harbor and I knew that it was going to be my subject for today. The only problem was that the cloud cover was a bit too heavy so I had minimal opportunity to get what I was after.
Lighthouse, Gull & SailboatAnd just a small peek of the sun. Lewes Beach at 5:42 am on June 24th. Black & white with just a touch of a light vignette.
The Best Seats in the HouseBut you gotta get there early to get them... Lewes Beach in the early morning hours.
Right to My ToesI took this early Thursday morning on Lewes Beach. There was so much cloud cover on this "Clear Morning" that the sun only peeked out for a brief time before it was obscured yet again. This trail of light came all the way to my toes.
Blue Clouds in the MorningLewes Beach, Lewes, DE
Subtle SunriseHerring Point at 5:50 am today. I was hoping for a few clouds however there was a rather heavy cloud cover at the horizon but it gave me this subtle sunrise.
The Rocks of Herring PointTaken at 5:50 am yesterday morning at Herring Point in the Cape Henlopen State Park. It was a subdued sunrise due to the cloud cover but Herring Point can still provide a pleasant scene.
Peeking ThroughTaken this morning on Lewes Beach. There was a low level of clouds that blocked the sun at the horizon so it took a bit longer to peek through. Sunrise this morning was 5:43 so I could sleep in for a few extra minutes.