Here are the "rules", practically the same as before. Photos can be of anything boating related. You, your boat, your dog on your boat, Polynesian women wearing coconut bras and paddling dugout canoes, whatever. Let us know what part of the US, or the world, the photo was taken. Those of us from afar would appreciate it.
For you Photo Day newbies, to post a photo it needs to reside on a web server somewhere. If you don't have server space with your ISP (check with them) you can attach it in an email to me and I'll stick it on my server and return email you the URL. Click the “Img” button and then copy and paste the URL I send you after the [img]. Then hit “alt” and “p” on your keyboard. You should get something that looks like this BUT WITHOUT THE QUOTES:
Hit the preview button. If the photo displays, you did it right. If it doesn’t, you didn’t.
The new CW format likes photos no wider than 640 pixels, so please try to keep your images no larger than that. Otherwise, the rest of us will have to scroll left and right to read all the posts.
There are commercial photo hosting sites available too, such as Snapfish.com and PhotoJerk.com, where you can upload photos to an online album. Do not copy and paste the URL of the webpage itself to link to a photo. Display your photo on Snapfish, right click on the photo, click on “properties”, and copy and paste that address into the optional image URL box. Don’t forget to preview your post to make sure the photo displays.
While there are many things that I don't like about this new format, one thing it does well is that it easily embeds photos within text. It's great for telling stories or photo day, as long as the photos are kept no wider than 640 pixels or so.
I finished installing the mahogany lazerette hatch I made a couple of winters ago. Working on a boat is not as easy as it seems, since nothing is a straight line, but I finally got it installed fine.
Last weekend was wonderful. It's great to be back sailing again. My daughter joined Jahnn and I and we went for a nice, relaxing afternoon daysail. It was one of those days when the wind was blowing enough to move the boat along at 3 or 4 knots, enough to be interesting but not much work for the crew. Ahhh.
We went to a nice restaurant on our lake for dinner. They were also having a wedding, and Jahhn and Becky insisted that we stay long enough to see the bride. The wedding was held on a lawn to the side of the restaurant, and when the bride arrived, just about all the women at the restaurant ran over to see her.
Walking back to the boat after dinner and oogling the bride, I noted how out of place our boat seems on this lake sometimes. :P
We then motored over to our favorite overnighting bay for the evening. It's a really nice, small, peaceful spot. It's interesting to me how nature adapts to coexist with man. It is here that we saw an eagle sitting on a branch only 100 yards or so from our boat. This weekend we saw the usual plethora of Herons, Kingfishers, ducks, geese, seagulls, and bats. We were also visited by a swarm of these guys. I love their metallic blue color.
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I took this one evening earlier in the season.
Ellis Varcoe, HR39 "Warbonnet", Mystic, CT
Great idea Dave... I like the photo essay/series idea... gives the posts a little more depth.
Evacore, that's a very cool boat, any idea what it is? I'd assume it's not your HR39.
OK, as you probably know, one of my favorite places is Monhegan Island. I've even listed it as my hailing port and painted it on the sides of my boat. Once in a while, I'll rent a cottage there for the week during the summer, which is always great. But, often I'll just go up for a long weekend at the beginning or end of the season. Then, you're more likely to get wet weather, but you'll also get less crowds.
With or without fog, the views are still pretty stunning. I like that most of the island is only accessible by hiking trail. That tends to keep it from becoming overly commercial. In fact, it's still a working port for many fishing boats.
I was there early this season, so, many boats were still decommissioned from the winter and their traps were stored... there is a kind of beauty to the way these folks (there are both men and women *Lobstermen* here) stow their gear.
I think it's out of a little marina near mine, and if I can find out I'll let you know. That little marina has several odd wood sailboats that I find interesting.
I like Dave's photo essay also. I'm sailing Maine for two weeks starting Labor Day weekend, and if I get some good shots maybe I'll get brave and try something similar.
Ellis Varcoe, HR39 "Warbonnet", Mystic, CT
Reveille really needs a new home. She's been at dock more than ever this year. Sailing time just isn't on the top of the list. So, if anyone wants to talk about a reasonably priced B40, contact me at Homeportoc@aol.com.
joe s, S/V Reveille, Hinckley B40, Ocean City NJ