Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sailboat in Annapolis Harbor

Sailboat in Annapolis Harbor, originally uploaded by bikerphoto.

One morning back in the fall I woke at 4 AM and told my wife I was getting on the bike to ride to Annapolis, MD for some dawn photography before work. It is about a 30 mile ride from my house in the pre-dawn fog. She thinks I'm an idiot. I don't know, maybe I am.

Nevertheless, I got this shot while there. At the time I was not impressed with the sunrise or the early morning light. I snapped this picture just to prove I went there. I guess I underestimated how the pink morning hue would look in the picture. It turned out better than I thought it would.

For those unfamiliar with Annapolis, it is the sailing capital of the world. Waterways are crowded with sailboats. If you don't have your own boat, you can go out on charter sailing trips. The sights you would see would include the US Naval Academy and Thomas Point Lighthouse.

The Chesapeake Bay is so beautiful, yet so polluted. Much of the bay is bereft of oxygen, and contains algae blooms that kill underlying grasses. All this kills off the crab and oyster population. The main problem is simply too much population and too much nitrogen runoff. Governments in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virgina are always trying to clean up the bay, but it has not gotten any better in the 24 years I have lived here.


Conchscooter said...

Quite lovely. I have sailed the bay and neve managed a half way decent picture like this.

Biker Betty said...

Hi Mike, Love the photos in your blog. I really enjoy taking photos along my travels too. My husband thinks I'm crazy when I go out some days to get photos. I love my digital camera.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment a while back. I'm just now catching up with my blog. I have put a link to your blog in my sidebar. I look forward to future posts.