Thursday, May 28, 2009

Friday "My Town" Shoot Out from Crisfield: Water, Water, Everywhere...

"Never a ship sails out of the bay but carries my heart as a stowaway." ~ Roselle Mercier Montgomery, The Stowaway

I tested my camera by hanging off the side of our boat for this shot. Be sure and click on photos to enlarge.

This week's assignment came from Hensly in Hawaii. Living on the bay, it worked out well for me! Anyone who wants to join in on our Friday shoot outs can go to our info site and find out how to join up with our "gang" of shooters. I am still editing, and the list of participants in forthcoming. You can always find the list to the right of the scroll bar on this site.

Townhouses on the water near the Brick Kiln beach.

A worker at the Crisfield water treatment plant spruces up one of the filtering tanks.

A boat at Somers Cove Marina. I wish our toy was that big.

"Rats with wings." But you gotta love 'em.

I ran into these students from Pinehurst Elementary School in Salisbury, on the city dock. It is not uncommon to see students from all over Maryland eager to hop a ride on a tour boat or mail boat to learn about life on Smith Island or Tangier Island. Adults also come to Crisfield for field trips to the islands. Summers bring tour buses from many states. You might want to check us out!

I could use a little of that. When can I hop aboard?

Somers Cove Marina. Come and sit a spell on our boat. After that, we will put you up for the night in one of our bedrooms (if you don't mind sharing with our cats), or you can cozy up for the night on our boat. It sleeps two.

This is a photo I took last year at a "Relay for Life" run. I could not pass up the water bottle.

I took this on an assignment two years ago. That contraption is a lawnmower. Yes. A lawnmower. The DNR cuts eel grass, dries it out for seeds, and plants the seeds in areas where the eel grass has been depleted. The eel grass is a very important part of a healthy bay. If you click on the photo, you can see the grass being gathered by DNR workers and volunteers. Once the eel grass is moved to the DNR boat, the "Lawnmower Man" makes another run.

I couldn't wait around for the birds to show up.

I am not sure what this lady was washing. She was too far away to shoot with my 200. I was shooting something else, and when I turned around to leave, I saw her and could not pass up a water shot.

If you click on the photo to enlarge, you will see the lady on the boat was shooting me while I was shooting her.

Somers Cove Marina.

Somers Cove Marina pool is ready for the season.

Sign up for a slip and enjoy our private pool. The kids will love you for it!

Now, folks, if you have never been to a boat docking contest, you need to head on over to Crisfield for Labor Day weekend. We have 3 fun-filled days of non-stop activities during the Annual National Hard Crab Derby & Fair, and one of them is our famous boat docking contest. Working waterman compete in timed exercises, and it is one of the biggest draws around. For tickets and info contact the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce.

Crisfield. Visit us soon. You'll be glad you did! Oh, and now is a good time to get a good deal on one of the several condo units around town.

"How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery


girlichef said...

Crisfield looks like a beautiful town! Great shots :)

REDLAN said...

I keep visiting back here to see your shoots of water. I'll post minde later. I'll back here to read the whole post. TC patty.

Gordon said...

Crisfield seems to be a beautiful place to be. You must be its best fan. You are making me one.

Anonymous said...

What a great "water" post. Really beautiful photos as usual. Enjoy your weekend.

The Pink Birdhouse said...

Patty, if any of us could possibly come up with some great shots with WATER at the theme, I just knew you would come shining thru. This week's theme was just written with you in mind, living near so much water as you do! Great photos, love the one of the kids in the pool, and that group therapy named boat got me smiling. I am sitting here just enjoying the photos so much, thinking of the states and MD and how lovely it is there. I love it here now too, but hey, as Dorothy from Oz said, "there's no place like home". have a great weekend dear friend, a fantastic job on this week's shoot out!! Debby

bARE-eYED sUN said...


we're exhausted. :-0

?how can we possibly think of our vacation in September,
when we've got back from touring Crisfield just now?

-jez kiddin'- :-)

axchally twuz lottsa fun!
the prompts to enlarge at key points helped.
MY LAST TOY - fun name!
Rats With Wings - c'mon, ya ain't seen nuthin'
'till ya seen our Subway Rats (size o' cats)

ya know, this WAS a full/real tour,
great shots!

thank you, luv,
now lemme look at
that Friday Shootout Page,
thanks for the link.

{remember though,
weeze rilly stoopid,
so we may STILL
not understand
the how-to-where-for's}

thanks again

oh! oh!
~~ the Antoine quote: just right and deep {ouch!}


Ann said...

Hi Patty,

Reading about and looking at th ephotos of Crisfield make me think that you are posting about Auckland. Our cities have so much similarities.

Thanks for explaining about the eel grass. I had to read it two times. I wonder if I can find them here. The sea weeds reminded me of when I was a pre teen, my mum got my little sister and I to a public canal to collect seaweed to feed our ducks. We hated it then, but now, it's all good memories.

I posted the Tom Yum Soup recipe for you in my other blog.

Hope you like it.



Jill said...

Hi Patty! Great pics! I love the first one! Amazing!
Are u the original host for Shoot-out??? Reggiegirl invited me so I thought it was her. Let me know so I can change my blog info.
Also can you add me to your sidebar!

I had so much fun doing this.
I took every one of those pics this week!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

We both put the "Water, Water Everywhere" in our post title, lol. Great minds think alike right?
Hey gal, I loved them all. I especially like the one of eel grass mower :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

REDLAN said...

I really enjoyed looking the photos and reading the information. That "my last toy" hoto caught my atention and oh I love Somers Cove Marina.

I guess you gonna exchange photos with that lady.

shabby*girl said...

Hi, Patty!
Just dropping by to wish you a fabulous weekend! Love all of the latest photos! Your friend~ Missy

gigi said...

That last picture was so sunny and inviting. That was cute that the lady on the boat was shooting you while you was shooting her. I guess we never know who's taking our pictures. I'm coming for labor day :) Gotta figure out how to get this in an already busy summer.

Anonymous said...

Great Shots!! Makes me wish I wasn't land-locked!!

Butler and Bagman said...

Good shoot, as always. I love the spray shot in the beginning but I suspect you had to buy a new camera after taking it...and a good laugh over the woman tossing Bagman back into the pool. Water through the life preserver also a classic.

Joanne said...

Great shots, that swimming pool looks so inviting. There's something about water that is so comforting. We have water coming out of the sky this morning. It's raining here in New England.

Barry said...

There is such fun and energy in your photos Patty.

Hanging off the edge of your boat to capture a photo! Heck I thought I was brave going out in a drizzle to shoot water flowing down our drain!

Elaine Dale said...

Your posts are like the old Ed Sullivan Show - packed with variety. My favorite is the one shot through the life ring.

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Patty~I knew you would have some wonderful shots for this shoot out!
My favorite is the shot through the life ring!

girlichef said...

thanks Patty :) My FSO post is on my "offtopic" blog...I'm loving it, and it's only my first shoot-out, can't wait for the next one :)

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Oh yes, I wouldn't mind that 'last toy' to sail the waters!
So much activity in your post. really great.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I bet you had extra fun with this assignment. :) I love all the water shots - you have such a great variety. I feel like I know how wonderful it would be to live in Crisfield. :)

I learn so much from your photos.

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Please check out Jama from Singapore who joined us this week.
Beautiful picture's from her world.
And!! Not just talent in the kitchen going on over there.

Hugs to Huey and the kitties and have a super weekend!!

Steady On
Reggie Girl

GingerV said...

lucky week for you, you must have an archive of 30K photos of water, I enjoyed the ones you posted. have a great weekend.

Doreen said...

looks like such a wonderful place! I have never heard seagulls called rats with wings! lol too funny!

Kelly said...

I love ALL of your photos! They are always just perfect! The Relay for Life photo is my favorite. I actually thought you were capturing the sweat on her brow! Her facial expression was so captured, I didn't even see the water bottle at first! Love them all!

Have a great weekend!

Chef E said...

Love it, and the fact that you hung off the boat, wow, you and I have a lot in common :)

Kim said...

I couldn't wait to get to your post. I knew that you would have much to share.

The first shot sounds like an adventure...nice ocean spray.

Love the red innertube framing the boat...

The pool looks so inviting.

I have to visit...

ancient one said...

I'm thinking those students are from North Carolina... we have a Pinehurst Elementary School in Salisbury NC ? I loved the shot where you hung over the side of your boat... water, water, everywhere in that photo...

Missy said...

Once again...I love all your photos!!! But I like the best is the boat inside the life ring :-)

Kathy in CA said...

Wonderful photos. I love the small town charm of your town!

Strawberry Girl said...

Fantastic Job Patty!! I loved the stories behind the photo's. :D

Zaroga said...

Patty I so enjoying looking at your photos. Your community is very beautiful! Wonderful photos!

ROSIDAH said...

Oh my goodness, I have missed out so many wonderful posts here! I'm so sorry for my late visit, Patty. My sinusitis has given me a hard time, but I think I have recovered now. At least I hope so. Thank you for the kind words on my blog. They really mean a lot to me. I do take photos with my mobile camera, but lately the KYOCERA has become my favorite :). Have a great week.

Owl Eng said...

What a lovely community you have on the bay!! Every pic is great & invigorating!!especially the 1st one.

J9 said...

I like the Summers Cove shot through the life ring, the eel grass mower is really cool - I didn't even know that was either needed or that there is a job in existence to mow it!

Gordon said...

Very enjoyable, Patty. As always!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment - I never expect everyone to read my novel *smiling* - and I sure do understand being swamped with work...lawd!

Love the crabby *laughing*

Chele said...

I loved the pics. I grew up in Virginia and have been to both Tangere and Smith Island a couple of times. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories.