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Hooper's Island

These are some of my photographs from my recent road trip to Hooper's Island, MD. Hooper's Island is being consumed by the Chesapeake Bay as the sea levels continue to rise. I shot here about six years ago and there was a noticeable difference during this visit. This is an island of watermen who make their livings crabbing, oystering and fishing.

The Trees of the Marsh

I took this photograph from the parking lot of Old Salty's Restaurant on Hooper's Island, MD.See more at randylroberts.com

Isle in the Fog

I left yesterday morning and headed to Hooper's Island and there was a heavy fog for most of my morning travels. This scene was taken as I was crossing a narrow strip of land at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and it just grabbed my attention. This was taken with what I call my "Real Camera" and I can not post these photographs until I'm back at my home. So, although my short excursion is over, I now get to truly see what I captured with my Nikon.

Death in the Marsh

As the saltwater of the Chesapeake Bay intrudes the Marsh the trees die off. It creates a beautiful but sad scene. Taken on Hooper's Island during my recent road trip.

Fall Softness

Sometimes it's the little things that capture my attention and this scene was yelling to me.

Fence Along the Road

The mix of colors captured my attention as I was driving along Hooper's Island Road.

Pine Tree and the Docks

More from Hooper's Island, MD.

Cranes at the Water's Edge

This scene was taken at the docks of Vienna, MD and it's not the cranes you would normally see along the water's edge.

Hooper's Island Bridge

Built in 1980 with a proposed cost of $500,000 but ended up at more than $3.5 million. Is it a "Monument of Man's Stupidity"? See here for the thoughts of then County Commissioner Tom Flowers thoughts. I think you'll get a good chuckle. https://www.secretsoftheeasternshore.com/quote-monument-mans-stupidity/

Arlington Farm

These are photographs from my recent stay at Arlington Farm. My hosts Paul & Narelle were quite special people who are living off the land of their farm. They raise chickens, duck, goats, pigs and they have a big garden of fresh vegetables. I spent a night on the farm and they provided me with a spot tucked back in the woods close to their pond. Thank you Paul & Narelle.

Buddy - The work dog...

Buddy quickly became Juni's and my friend during our stay at Arlington Farm. I was told that they were having problems with the local fox population wiping out their chickens and ducks. That is until they got Buddy. Once he showed up and went to work the fowl could go about their merry way without fear.

Keeping Watch

When we first pulled onto the farm property, the goats greeted us by watching our every move. As we were parking and getting out of the car, Nurrel told me that I could allow Juni to run off lead. I did and for the next half hour she chased the goats all around the property. I finally got her back on her leash and the goats then kept watch of our every move.

Crossing the Fence Line

The fence doesn't stop the goats from making their way about the farm. These guys were such a hoot to watch as Juni and I hike around the farm.

More of the Herd

It's like they were saying "No way are we gonna allow that little dog to sneak up on us again".

The Pond

This was my view from my camping spot at Lexington Farm.

Serendipity Meadworks

My second stop on this recent trip was a meadery in Smithfield, Virginia. Up to this point I have not tasted mead but I have now and I enjoy it. So much so that I brought three bottles back home with me. Jane was my host for my tasting and she allowed me to do the tasting outside. Jane told me of the history of their meadery and was quite the storyteller about each product. Thank you Jane for sharing your knowledge, your history and for providing me a place to spend the night.

The Old Shed

I was so glad that they are keeping these old structures on the site of the meadery. I think they could tell such interesting stories.

Serendipity

A sign of the Meadworks

The Heroes of the Mead

These are just a few of the bees of Serendipity Meadworks. Busily making honey.

One of Many

There are numerous Hives on the farm and this is just one of the groupings.

Hangin' by the Light

I think this guy had one or two glasses to many.

The Silo

A band shell, a workshop, maybe a place to live... Jane told me that her husband has had multiple uses for "The Silo".

The Silo in B&W

I just had to do a black & white version.

Fleets Island

During my trip I took numerous detours to find things that inspired me. One of the best detours I took was going to Fleets Island. It brought back my inspiration to shoot, to capture, to express myself through my photography.

Pots Aplenty on Fleets Island

Just a pile of crab pots. Some brightly colored and some not so.

Baskets of Gold

Especially when they are full of fresh caught blue crabs.

Sometimes it's Just Trash & Gloves

Back to Port

After the mornings catch. Crabbers of Fleets Island, VA.

Meet Parker

After photographing These two as they were coming back into the docks from their morning on the water I got Parker's name and email address so that I can send him some of the images. It looked to me like they had a good morning by the number of full crab baskets.

Tools of the Trade

Fleets Island crab baskets & gloves.

Are You?

And, if so, whatcha gettin'. I meant fish. What were you thinking?

Pulleys & Stays

Boat rigging from Fleets Island

Echo

What adventures have you been on Echo. I'd enjoy hearing of your storied past.

Lines of Echo

More of Fleet Island. As I see it.

Wheelhouse

This is where it all happens. The decisions, the navigation & charting and the tails of past expeditions.

Retired

Or maybe just resting and waiting for a scrapping and some paint.

Rigged for Oysters

This is a Deadrise Boat that is presently rigged for Oystering.

Reedville, VA

Another detour took me to Reedville for both a photoshoot and a lunch that consisted of an oyster po'boy sandwich with some great local fried oysters. I really enjoy it when I stumble upon these small fishing villages. Especially those like Reedville and Fleets Island. I hope you enjoy what I've captured.

Dinghies & Pileings

Reedville, Virginia

Double Doors of the Past

Located somewhere outside of Reedville. This old building caught my eye as I was driving by. So much so that I had to turn around to go back and photograph it.

Full Frontal Image

Of the house with the double doors.

Bait-Ice-Chum

I just love finding these old structures that are still in use. Still providing that needed workspace that they've been doing for many, many years. This building certainly met my desires.

The Sign

So now you know where I was taking all of these photographs. Steamboat Wharf... A photographers treasure.

Found Treasures

Duck decoys, fishing line & lures, electric cord and a green hose.

Rope or Line

I guess it depends on what it is used for.

Menu Board

And I really couldn't believe the prices... Rock Fish & Flounder $4.00 per pound, Trout $3.00 per pound, Spot & Croaker $2.00 per pound, Soft Crabs $4.00 each.... Wow... I would be there biggest client if they were closer to home.

The Chair

If you don't have a chair... build one. Take notice that the seat and chair back are both on an angle making it much more comfortable. And you thought you should throw those old skids away.

The Workspace

I can only image how many years this space has been in use and/or how much fresh seafood has come through this facility. A true gem.

Still Afloat

All it would take is a new coat of paint and you've got yourself a brand new boat ;).

The Docks

Pull up and unload your catch.

Workboat of Reedville

Flyin' the Red, White & Blue.

Just Another Hole in the Wall

This is Alex

If it were not for him I would not have been able to take all of these images of the Reedville Steamboat Wharf. While shooting I offered to take his portrait but, I must say that I am sorry Alex. I did not re-adjust my settings from the very low light in the facility so I ended up blowing out your image. I do promise that if I get down your way again I will take another portrait for you. Thank you for allowing me to take these photographs.

Horses of Vesco Ridge Vineyards

I've recently joined Harvest Host which allows me to stay at numerous wineries, breweries, museums, farms, etc and the first place I stayed was Vesco Ridge Vineyards. Nancy and Dan, the owners of the winery were very welcoming and they make some great wines. After a tasting where Nancy and I shared numerous stories I ended up with a case to bring along back home. These horses do not belong to the winery but to a neighboring farm. They too were quite friendly and seemed to really enjoy a good rub behind the ears.

Hay... Yeah, That's What I'm Eating

This is horse one

Horse Two

In full color

Blue Eyes

Horse three

Horse Two

In black & white

Here I Come

Horse two coming for her rub behind the ears.

Who's Nose

Now that you've seen all three "Who's Nose" is this?

US Route 9, New York

Martha's

I always enjoy a good sign, a sign that catches my eye, a sign that causes me to want to pull off the road to take a photograph. This sign is located in Queensbury, NY and it's along the Route 9 Scenic Byway. The only problem I had was that they were closed so I couldn't parktake of their goods.

Lancaster County, PA

Harvest Time on the Amish Farm

This scene caught my eye as I was driving through southern Lancaster County Pennsylvania and I had to stop and photograph what I was seeing.

Whoa

I was amazed watching this guy maintaining his balance while controlling his three horse team. He had just finished unloading his corn into the silo and was heading back to the field for another round.

The Three Horse Team

I really enjoyed capturing this scene as the guy was turning his wagon around so he could head back to the field. Take notice to the steel wheels on the wagon.