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.
Thank you for spending time on my photo blog today. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Part two of the lovely sunrise captured at Ocean Isle Beach. This post includes a couple of monochrome compositions as well. While the lovely color hues are a significant feature in the color compositions, the monochromes elevate the interesting patterns and textures of the clouds and tidal morning seascape.
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I’m starting a series of street photography captures from my visit to the Downtown Art District Association (DADA) Gallery Hop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This young street artist conveys an important and very relevant message!
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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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