Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Up in the air...

Up in the air
Many of the earlier photos on this blog were merely snaps, taken while on assignments. Click on banner for more recent photos. Now that I have retired, I am showcasing other towns and cities around the country. To have your city or events covered on this blog, email me at crisfieldblogger@gmail.com.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bill Buttrill, Master Plumber

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
~ Kahlil Gibran

Lately, I have been highlighting some of the people who make our little town "special."

Since the sudden loss of one of our prominent citizens, I have taken more time to stop and photograph the people in our town, even when a rush.

I wish I had more time introducing Crisfield and its wonderful people to the world. One day I will set up professional web page. There is so much to photograph and so much to say.

Now, about Bill Buttrill. Bill is a Master Plumber who begin his apprenticeship in Baltimore, Maryland in 1976, getting his master's license in 1983.

Bill, and his wife, Joy, volunteer at events, giving back to the community in abundance.

On Saturday, I came home from shooting 3 assignments and found Bill working on our outdoor faucet (it was old and corroded and had been leaking for some time).

Though I had a deadline getting my photos to the newspaper, I took time to take several photos of Bill. I did not want the moment to slip away.

After Bill have completed the job, we got out checkbook out to pay. Bill would have none of it. He said it was his gift to us for the blog.

So here is Bill hard at work.

It was extremely hot on that day, and there was not much room to get to the well under the back porch. Bill not only replaced the faucet, he installed a shut-off valve to the house and another for the faucet.

Just look at how organized he is! A place for everything and everything its place.

Another view of the inside of his "Oh, so neat" work truck. Click to enlarge.

Bill and his helper.

Take that phone number down. You never know when this blog will entice you to move to Crisfield. You might need a plumber.

Bill bought a new work truck over a year ago, and what a truck it is! He is a true patriot, too. Oh, and living on the bay, we have high winds that rip flags to shreds in no time. Who do you think makes sure we have fresh flags flying at the entrance to the city? Yep. Bill replaces both the American and POW flags with his own money.

Thanks, Bill. You are a gem of man, and a A-1 plumber.

And here is Joy, working the strawberry booth at a festival.

“Making a contribution to others enhances the length of our own lives, our immune functions, our mental health and our spiritual well being.” ~ Douglas Lawson from his book Giving to Live

Thanks to both Joy and Bill for all their volunteer work!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Friday "My Town" Shoot Out - Colors of the Rainbow

“The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work.” ~ Patricia Clafford

Our Friday "My Town" shoot out comes to us from Debby in Germany. She chose "Colors of the Rainbow." That was a good one for me because Crisfield is a happy and colorful place. I like to think Crisfield is, "The pot at the end of the rainbow."

The colors that make up a rainbow are: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and gold, if you count the pot at the end of the rainbow. I chose photos that had at least one color of the rainbow in them. The reason is noted. A few of the photos you have seen before.

Be sure and click on photos to enlarge

I chose this one for the red.

Rainbow orange in the vest.

A yellow sun (filtered photo).

"Green door, what's that secret you're keeping?"

Blue from a black light art show.

Indigo eye shadow.

Violet robe.


And a few more colors to make you smile.

"I know there is a rainbow
For me to follow
To get beyond my sorrow
Thunder precedes the sunlight
So I'll be alright
If I can find that
Rainbow's end

I will be alright
If I can find that."

Mariah Carey

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Weclome to Crisfield!

This is Debbie Jankowski of Debbie's Chocolates in Crisfield. She volunteered her time to greet passengers from one of the cruise boats that docks on the city dock. Each departing passanger received a crab necklace, map, and a warm Crisfield smile.

Members of the Chamber of Commerce take turns greeting passengers, handing out necklaces, giving directions, and answering questions. It is nice to live in a town where busy people pitch in and help out.

You can't find a better bunch of friendly people anyway.

Captain Larry Laird, Smith Island

This is Captain Larry Laird of the Captain Jason II passenger ferry boat. Capt. Larry always has a smile a face. I enjoy seeing him at the Crisfield docks in the mornings.

Capt. Larry lives on Tylerton. Each morning, he leaves Tylerton and heads to the Crisfield city dock where he picks up passengers, supplies, and packages.

The Captain Jason II runs to both Tylerton and Ewell on Smith Island. All ferries leave at 12:30 PM and 5:00 PM from the Crisfield city dock.

The Captain Jason II is also available for special charters, including sunset cruises.

So head down to Crisfield, do a little fishing or boating, dining and shopping, and hop a boat to an island. Arrgghh!

Captain Jason II Smith Island Cruises
Captain Larry Laird
410-425-4471 home, 410-251-4954 cell
PO Box 205, Tylerton, MD 21866

Available for regularly scheduled trips to and from Smith Island and . Also carries freight. Kayak groups welcomed.
$25 round trip on same day. $20 one way, or $40 for round trip on separate days. No reservation required. Pay on board.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Janes Island State Park

"The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness." ~ Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

I recently dropped in on my friend at Janes Island State Park in Crisfield. Phoebe is an extremely talented gal with the art brush and Adobe Photo. She also has all the equipment to design and print custom tee shirts.

Janes Island State Park recently planted some flowers around their sign to beautify the area. Phoebe entered a contest for Maryland parks and she photo shopped what the sign would look like when the flowers bloomed. She won $2,500 for the park with her talent. Way to go, Phoebe!

While I was visiting Phoebe, I walked around the park and took a few photos.

You can go primitive, bring your motor home, or rent one of several cozy cabins. There is also a huge beautiful two story cabin for rent for large parties. Kayaks are available for rent, and there is a nice playground for the kids.

I ran into this lady in the office. She had tons of photos from her many trips from New Jersey to Janes Island Park each year, and was happy to show them to me. She said she has been coming to the park since she was a young girl.

I captured these handsome young men pulling up to the dock to take a break from patrolling our bay.

Bring you fishing poles!

I need to get the photo that Phoebe photo shopped to put with this. Instant flowers are my kind of flowers.

This is a tee shirt Phoebe made me using one of my photos. On the back she has a crab holding a camera. Thanks, Phoebe. No thanks to the person who took my photo. A little off on the lighting, eh? Tee looks great, though.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Beauty and the Building

“Each moment of a happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life” ~ Aphra Behn, Novelist, and poet, 1640 -1689

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This old building used to be a school. After that, it became a church. Living here for only 3 years, I am not sure when the building was abandoned. I have always admired it, and think it sad that such a once beautiful building is now neglected.

I was heading to an assignment two weeks ago, and saw a woman photographing this young woman in her bridal dress. Though my time was limited, I slammed on my breaks hoping I could intrude and take a few photos. It turns out the photographer was the mother-in-law of the bride.

The area around the building was grown up and uneven, and that is where I sprained my ankle, tuning it when I stepped in a hole. I had worn sandals that day with a small heel, something I never I do when I have to go on an assignment where I have to move quickly, or when I am out shooting, never knowing where I will end up. But on this day, I only had one assignment (it came in on my off day) that required one shot and I knew I was going to be standing on pavement.

When I arrived at my destination, my ankle hurt so bad I had to do the assignment with my shoes off, and I kept going and going, shooting all week, and that did not help. My ankle is still bruised and I have to watch how I walk, but it is getting better.

Now who cares about my silly old ankle? Not a story I would put with such lovely shoot. I just wanted to express that it was worth hurting my ankle, and I would do it again. That is just the photographer in me. The one thing I regret is that I only had about 20 minutes to do the shoot, so there was not much time to be creative.

When I get older losing my hair many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine,
Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?
If I'd been out til quarter to three would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?

Oh, you'll be older too - Ah
And if you say the word, I could stay with you

I could be handy mending a fuse when your lights have gone
You can knit a sweater by the fireside,
Sunday mornings, go for a ride
Doing the garden, digging the weeds, who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?

Every summer we could rent a cottage in the Isle of White,
If it's not too dear
We shall skrimp and save, grandchildren at your knees,
Vera, Chuck, and Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say,
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me an answer, fill in a form, mine forevermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?

When I'm Sixty-Four ~ The Beatles

BTW, this building is not in Crisfield. It is in Marion Station, just a few minutes up the road.

A Dip in the Pool

Not a lot of time today, so thought I would entertain you with this photo of a little girl enjoying a refreshing swim in the pool at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield.

I gave the photo a watercolor look using a filter.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

“Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad"

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I have posted this photo before, but I liked it so much I dusted it off and am presenting it again this Father's Day.

I spied this "dad" on the city dock in Crisfield a few days before Father's Day last year. He had his hands full watching the kids as his wife and a friend shopped around town.

I watched him from a distance for quite a long time. He was just as calm as a cucumber as he interacted with all those kids. I remember thinking he deserved an award of some kind for such patience.

I took his photo and talked to him awhile. He was a really nice guy, and told me he and his family had come down from Pennsylvania for a little vacation in our beautiful town.

So here's to you, Dad from Pennsylvania, and to all you dads in the world.

Happy Father's Day! Have a good one!