On a half day fishing trip in July, we were heading out on the Little River toward the ocean when we passed this abandoned shrimp boat during low tide at the intersection with the Intracostal Waterway. I captured several high tide images coming back up the river to Calabash. A year ago, there was apparently engine trouble and the boat ran aground on Bird Island, near Sunset Beach. It was later towed to this spot, and then abandoned.
Not until I was editing these pictures did I notice the boat’s name – Sum Day. Ha, not the “Love Boat” graffiti painted on the front. I then recalled photographing the Sum Day back in the summer of 2015.
Below are some photos of the Sum Day from my August 2015 Calabash! post. For the best viewing experience, click on these images to see a high resolution version.
The gnarly wood and rusty chains of this trawl board caught my eye on the Calabash boardwalk. The 4 ft by 3 ft trawl board (or door), is used underwater on the left and right side of the shrimp net. At the right boat speed, the boards create enough drag to spread and maintain the horizontal net opening – where shrimp enter the net.
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My next post in this series of Calabash vignettes features a cool abstract, closeup composition of shrimp boat netting. Both black and white, and color versions are included, as each has it’s own qualities and characteristics. I’m leaning towards the monochrome because of strong contrast and elevated texture, shapes and patterns.
On the other hand, the color composition is a more authentic representation of the subject matter. Color brings slightly more presence of the netting’s weathered tonality. Because of the detail in both these compositions, they are best viewed by clicking on the image to view a high resolution version.
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My family loves to vacation in the southern beaches of North Carolina, usually Ocean Isle Beach. Traditionally, we include a visit to the famous seafood restaurants of Calabash. The local shrimp boats and fishing charters dock right behind the restaurants, ensuring the freshest seafood.
During our July visit, I excused myself while waiting to be seated to capture a few vignettes of the dockside. These seagulls immediately caught my eye as they patiently awaited the daily return of the shrimp boats. They are more than happy to clean up the scraps! I was attracted by the contrast between the orderly grid like shingle textures and the sky. And, the seemingly random placement of gulls on the orderly shingle grid.
A quick word or two of advice. First, after your meal in Calabash, make sure to stop in to Callahan’s of Calabash “everything beach” gift shop . Also, while on the docks, be on the lookout for incoming seagull shit. Sorry, I meant poop.
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From its humble beginnings as a gathering spot for local oyster roasts in the 1930s, Calabash has become a sought out destination by Carolina beach vacationers in search of great southern seafood. Later in the 1940s locals begin offering fresh fish soaked in evaporated milk, then breaded with cornmeal (with salt & pepper added) and finally fried up to a golden perfection. Locals couldn’t get enough, word spread and soon a local legend was born.
Shrimp boats and fishing charters bring fresh seafood daily to the row of restaurants who back right up to the docks. My usual is the seafood platter featuring fresh shrimp, flounder and crab. Yummy! While vacationing in nearby Ocean Isle in early July, I visited the area with my camera to take in the great views. In addition to images from the docks, I also found a great dock ruin in a nearby waterway, and a cool architectural abstract.
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