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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Manteo, North Carolina 

Last week I traveled to North Carolina with the travel trailer, inflatable boat and camera. Our destination this trip was the Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge near Williamston. I arrived on the Outer Banks on Sunday evening but our departure from there to the mainland was delayed for a day by bad weather so Monday we drove down to Manteo for lunch and a walk around.

The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse originally stood on Croatan Sound in Wanchese, Norrth Carolina. The light was built in 1877, decommissioned in 1955 and subsequently lost in the sound during an attempt to move it to private property.

This replica was completed in 2004 on the Manteo waterfront overlooking the Roanoke Sounda. The 19th century fourth order Fresnell lens in the lantern room was loaned to the lighthouse by the US Coast Guard.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014