Delmarva

Lewes, DE

Under the Setting Sun

Taken on Lewes Beach as the sun was setting on a warm night in June 2016. This was the cover photograph of the Delaware Beach Life Magazine for the August 2017 issue. I was quite proud to see it in print.

Resting in the Harbor

Taken during an early morning walk on Lewes Beach. I have to drag myself out of bed in those early hours but once I'm out and the sun begins to rise I feel tired no more.

Textures of the Morning

I took this on one of my early morning walks on Lewes Beach. It was approaching low tide and the textures/ripples from the moving water were on full display.

Gloomy Serenity

Lewes Beach on a gloomy day. But, something about being close to the water can still brighten your day. At least it does for me. Get out and enjoy the day no matter what it has to offer.

Morning Rush

I enjoy capturing movement in my photography and the best way for me to do this is to shoot moving water at a slow shutter speed. In this image I capture the rush of the water as it was heading back into the ocean after an incoming wave. The trick is to be able to do this without getting wet feet. Though this is considered a long exposure, it was really only 1.5 seconds yet I still caught the movement.

The First of July

I drug myself out of bed at 5:05am on July 1st, 2018 to go for a sunrise walk on Lewes Beach. When I got to the beach I saw this sailboat anchored offshore and I knew it was going to be my subject once the sun started to rise.

Inlet in the Snow

I woke this morning to snow and, as much as I dislike cold weather, I still get excited when I see this natural white covering. So, I grabbed my camera and headed out for a three hour shoot. One of the great things about snow is that you can shoot all day long and you are not limited to capture that perfect light. This photograph was taken from the public parking lot at Roosevelt Inlet in February of 2016. It was taken from the Inlet parking lot looking northwest to the entrance of the Broadkill River. I'm sad to say that the old dock pilings in the foreground are now gone.

Patriotic Paint Job

This old barn is located along Route 1 north of Lewes. I had been looking forward to a snowy morning so that I could take a photograph with this effect. In February of 2016 I got what I was looking for. This barn has since been renovated with the side section removed. They did repaint it in these patriotic colors and, someday it will be old looking again.

Winter

When the snow comes I grab my camera and go. This scene was taken in the Cape Henlopen State Park in February 2016.

Gull in the Snow

This photograph was taken along the canal in Lewes, Delaware.

Winter Workboat

In the harbor of Lewes. February 2016

As the Day Ends

Sunset from the point of the Cape Henlopen State Park. This is a highly photographed scene and I understand why. It is such a beautiful place to watch the sunset in Sussex County. You can see more of my work at RandyRobertsPhotography.com

Full Moon Observation

I climbed out of bed at 3:30 on this particular morning to head out for a photo shoot. I had several things in mind but, as it normally goes, other and better things became available. I happened upon this scene as I was walking back from the Great Dune of the Cape Henlopen State Park. This photograph is the setting of the full moon behind one of the WWII Observation Towers of the Delaware coast.

The Fishing Pier

At 5:24 am. I took this photograph in the early morning hours at the Cape Henlopen State Park. There were a number of diehard fisherman out at the end of the pier. This was a 30 second exposure at f/14.

The Delriver

My goal, as it was last month during the setting of the full moon, was to capture the moon, unobscured, behind the Delriver. Well, the clouds got in the way yet again. I did take this photograph at 5:53 am just before the moon disappeared.

Lewes Surfers

Living along the coast gives me the opportunity to photograph our local surfers. We don't always have the best waves but when the surf is up I grab my camera and head out to Herring Point in the Cape Henlopen State Park. Here are a few of the photographs I've taken on these expeditions.

Break Time

This is Paul. Paul is a good friend of mine and he's a contractor in the Lewes and Rehoboth area. I got a call from him this one day telling me that the surf was up and that he was going to take a break from work and head to the beach. I followed along with my camera and I'm glad I did. The waves were great and the weather was perfect. I then submitted this photograph for the Delaware Beach Life 2018 Competition and it won First Place in the People Category.

Dorchester County, MD

The Grill of Many Colors

I saw this old truck sitting out in the back area of this farm in Dorchester County and I just had to pull in for a few photographs. I just love shooting this odd old stuff. This was a featured piece in the Rehoboth Writers Guild, Art in the AM for October 2018 and it was printed in the book "Scenes - A Collaboration of Coastal Writers & Artists" with the short stories by six authors who were inspired by the image.

The Old Ford

A black & white version of "The Grill of Many Colors"

Keeping it Together

At least it's trying to. As I was driving around the backroads of Dorchester County I came along this old abandoned property so I pulled into the driveway and I found this gem in the backyard. It looks like the shingles are doing their best at "Keeping it Together".

Pots & Baskets

Now we just need some crabs... Taken at a boat ramp in Church Creek, MD.

Pots -O-Stuff

Crab baskets trash cans. On the docks in Dorchester.

Back in the Day

I spend two days trying to capture the heart of Dorchester County, MD. I had a brilliant time traveling around with inspiration abounding. There was something to catch my eye at each and every turn. I met a number of interesting people, ate in the local restaurants and stores, and, most of all, took many, many photographs that kept me busy for quite some time. I hope I did justice to the people and places of Dorchester County.

KEYS RD

Hooper's Island at sunrise.

Arundel-icious - Have you ever tried it...?

In a side yard of Hooper's Island.

Morning in the Cove

This is looking out over the Hongo River at sunrise.

The Chesapeake Deadrise Workboat

Used for crabbing, oystering, catching fish or eels. This classic boat design is found throughout the Chesapeake bay areas. I photographed these two at a marina in Hoopersville.

A Crab's Point of View

This is the entrance to a crab pot. I guess it's how a crab sees it as it's out foraging for food. They first make their way in through this opening. Then, as they try and work their way to the food, they travel to the upper section of the pot. Once there.... There's no way out.

Pulleys Abound

Here a pulley, there a pulley, everywhere a pulley. These are located on most of the dock areas of Dorchester County and they are used to lift the crab pots and other gear either on to or off of the workboats. Many of the boats themselves have their own pulleys attached for a similar use. This one was located along a dock area of Hoopersville.

Birds of Delmarva

There's Always That One

And it's typically me. Won't fall in line, off doing my own thing, never really taking orders... Oh well, at least I have fun. I took this photograph of these Sanderlings on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park. while I was out photographing surfers.

Osprey in the Morning

The Osprey spend much of the summer in and around the Delmarva Peninsula. I look forward to their return each spring and I enjoy seeing the majestic birds as I spend time hiking, kayaking and just out enjoying the great outdoors.

The Yellow Legs of Prime Hook

These birds are called Greater Yellow Legs. I wonder how they came up with that name.

Egret Island

I took this photograph at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. This Snowy Egret was enjoyings its private island oasis.

Background Noise

Sometimes it’s the background that truly makes the photograph. That’s how I felt about this. I just love all the blacks & whites of the ripples and how they almost overpower the image.

Glossy Ibis Silhouette

I took this photograph in Aug of 2015 at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Gotcha

I was out early one morning and I came across a large flock of Snowy Egrets so I pulled my jeep off the road, setup my camera and started capturing them as they were feeding. I noticed several of them jumping whenever they got close to this one particular spot but it wasn't until I got home and downloaded my images that I realized the cause of their actions... a blue crab protecting its turf.

Noise Makers

But what a joyful noise it is... at least to me it is. These are Snow Geese and these birds spend several months each winter in the Lewes, DE area. They come in large numbers and they spend their time eating the remnants of the corn in the local farm fields. Sometime there are so many in one spot that, from a distance, it looks like snow on the field.

Late December 2015

Yet still so much color. It has been the warmest December that I've ever experienced causing the green grasses to look like spring. This was taken this morning along Prime Hook Road in Sussex County Delaware.

Seafood Breakfast

This is the Great Blue Heron. We are fortunate to have them on the Delmarva Peninsula year round. I took this photograph at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in the early morning hours of March 2014.

Heron in the Brush

Great Blue Heron of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Blue Morning

At Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. I sat along Prime Hook Road early one morning and my target of choice was this Great Blue Heron who was busy getting his morning breakfast. I took numerous photographs and this was one of my favorites.

The Fluffy Bottom

...of a Great Blue at Prime Hook. A rather precarious position indeed. This is actually the same heron as "Blue Morning".