For my second entry into this weeks WP Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds I am entering this lone Seagull that I have entitled “Dreams”.
When looking for a poem to go with my image, the very first poem that came up in my Google search was Dreams by Langston Hughes. This is a coincidence as I named my image before I knew the poem. So it was meant to be.
Hold Fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
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I decided to work with Photo Shop Elements 12 to create my Symmetric image for this week WP Photo Challenge: Symmetry.
Photo taken on the waiting deck at the Cape May Lewes Ferry station in Cape May New Jersey September 2008.
Here is the link to the video on YouTube that assisted me today…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OfjdWsRy1M
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The SS Atlantus was built in 1918 and served 2 years transporting troops after Wold War I from Europe back to the states and coal to Europe. After only 2 years of service she was retired to a salvage yard located Virginia in 1920. SS Atlantus came out of retirement in 1926 and brought to NJ to create a new ferry service in Cape May NJ (her legacy continues with the Cape May Lewes Ferry).
Unfortunately a storm hit and the ship ran aground about 150 feet from shore and after many attempts to free her they were not able to free the SS Atlantus. She was damaged and sunk.
The picture below is all that remains.
One of the interesting facts is that the SS Atlantus is made of concrete. How does a concrete ship float?
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Today I took an impromptu drive to Cape May New Jersey to take a few pics at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. A lot of people take the 45 minute Ferry ride to venture into Lewes Delaware.
I learned today that part of Cape May is an island. I have lived in this state for almost 48 years and never knew that it was an island.
From my home to the Ferry it takes approximately 1.5 hours to get there but the drive is worth it. It provided me peaceful time to think about the week to come and the next photo excursion. I think Philadelphia Wednesday.
I am amazed to see that the pier still had not been repaired after almost 3 yeas since Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey shore.
Our yearly family vacation started Saturday, August 18. We are headed south to Kill Devil Hills, NC aka Outer Banks (OBX). Thirteen of us left NJ at 5:00 am and began our 400 plus mile ride. We missed most of the usual traffic jams from vacationers traveling.
Other then being to early and not getting enough sleep, the main focus of my attention to was hitting the beach and getting my well deserved and desperately needed tan.
We arrived in Kill Devil Hills about 2:30pm we hit a nice traffic jam coming it the the Outer Banks area which caused about an hour delay.
The weeks before the vacation began my thoughts were of sitting on the beach and getting a well deserved tan. Well this trip is the worst trip (weather wise) that we have ever had. We arrived on a rainy day and it continued to rain or there was the threat of rain everyday until Wednesday.
In the mornings my dad and I would take the dogs, Ebony & Bojangles, to the beach for their morning run and hope that we can get a glimpse of the sun. Wednesday was the first day that we were able to get a glimpse of the sun rising.
The loved running the beach, in and out of the water.
Dad enjoyed the beach, coffee and his girls.
Now you see me, now you don’t. Ebony seemed so happy after that miss calculation.
On Wednesday, 4 days into the vacation, Stuart, Amanda, Keith and myself, finally got some beach time and it felt great to sit out in the sun and just let it lightly toast our skin. I am not much on getting in the ocean but I love the relaxing sound of the waves crashing in. It makes you forget about the issues of everything else and imagine the wonders of the ocean. After the wondering is over I generally use this relaxing time to engross myself in a good book. It is a perfect time to catch up on some reading. I am currently reading “Fifty Shades of Gray”. I will blog about that later.
Amanda was not must of the swimmer as my nephews were but she was going to go out with them (she is dating Stuart). Well Stuart convinced her to go out with him and needless to say it was a disaster. Amanda got swallowed up by the big ocean and that was enough for her.
Stuart puts up the boogie board to try and protect her from the crash of the wave……but it was all in vain.
Where are they?
And she goes down again….
This turned out to be a great day at the beach. I got a slight tan, and they got some salt water.