Thursday, April 24, 2014

Swamp light #4

Washington County, North Carolina 

The coastal plains of North Carolina are far removed from the crowds and commercial development of the Outer Banks. There are no tee-shirt shops or upscale restaurants; only miles of flat farmland along the coastal rivers and bays.

These pictures are from a day spent earlier this month on Conaby Creek, just a few miles north of Plymouth, North Carolina.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Swamp light #1

Bertie County, North Carolina

The cypress swamps of North Carolina are lovely in the early spring. We were in the swamp the second week of April and gentle spring colors, sunlight and black water came together for a couple of perfect days. This week we will be looking at some of the photographs from the time I spent there, messing about in a small boat.

"There is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats. . . Look here! If you've really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together and have a long day of it?"

Kenneth Grahame - The Wind in the Willows

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blackwater reflections

Conaby Creek - Washington County, North Carolina

Our first day on the water we launched the boat in Conaby Creek and headed upstream into the blackwater swamp. The tannins that leach into the swamp from decaying vegetation turn the water a deep coffee color which reflects the sky and surrounding trees with extraordinary clarity and depth.

No, this picture is not upside down. It was taking looking down from the bow of the boat into the reflection in the water.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Roanoke River Maritime Museum

Plymouth, North Carolina

After rain last Monday delayed the start of our trip, we headed inland early Tuesday morning for a campground in Williamston, North Carolina, which was to be our home base for several days of exploring the black water swamps of that region in our inflatable boat.

The Roanoke River Maritime Museum was closed on Wednesday when we visited Plymouth, North Carolina. This small sailboat was displayed on the grounds of the Museum. Notice the cross planked bottom. After a hard working life, this boat rests on the bank of the Roanoke River, perhaps awaiting restoration.