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In 1968 I completed a single copy of a photo book. The book consisted of the Genesis account of the creation. I left for college in 1969 and the book disappeared, along with everything else I had at my parents home when they put their household into storage. Over the years I have thought about recreating this photographic essay and journey.

Dora and I just returned from the 20th Annual Northern Gulf Coast Cruise. The article I wrote can be found here:

https://catalina22.org/index.php/656-20th-annual-northern-gulf-coast-cruise

 

We recently returned from Aiken, SC. One of the events we go to Aiken for is the Civil War reenactment of the Battle of Aiken. The war was essentially over, however; this was an important battle to the south. Sherman's forces had completed its march through Georgia and was turning their attention to South Carolina. Confederate soldiers engaged the Union army in Aiken and managed to score a minor victory, saving Aiken from destruction. 

Dora and I were stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for four years, beginning in 1973. Our daughter, Karen, was born there. Cuba was under an economic embargo by the United States and so we were restricted to the base. Diplomatic relations with Cuba were severed in 1961 by President Eisenhower. The U.S. embassy in Havana was closed and Guantanamo Bay was isolated. We could take R&R trips to Haiti, Puerto Rico, San Juan, and other Caribbean locations but we never got to know any of Cuba, save what we experienced on the base. Over the years we would catch a glimpse through some story in a magazine or newspaper but we never thought the opportunity to return would present itself. Fast forward 54 years to August 14, 2015 when Secretary of State, John Kerry, travelled to Havana to reopen the embassy. Suddenly Americans could once again visit the beautiful island of Cuba. 

Recently Dora and I took our C22 on a two week cruise along the Florida Pan Handle. The article has been published on the Catalina 22 National Sailing Association web page. Click here to read the article.

Friend and fellow photographer Steve Rich and I try to get together at least once a year for a great adventure of exploration, adventure, and photography. This year took us in to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park where we visited Pigeon Forge, Cades Cove, and Roaring Fork.

My images can be seen in the image gallery at the end of this article. You can also visit my Facebook and Flickr pages by using the social links in the top right of the web page.

To see Steve's images you can go to his Flicker page by clicking here or his Facebook page by clicking here.

The Gone with the Wind Regatta is hosted by Catalina 22 Fleet 58 every year on the third weekend of September, falling on the 17th and 18th this year. Dora and I haven't been racing lately so we helped out with race committee. Dora was the timer and I worked on one of the chase boats. Chase boat duty also gives me opportunity to grab some photos between mark setting duty.

Be sure to click on the "Read more" link below to see the photo album.

Dora and I are always on the lookout for adventure and exploration. We have participated in a number of Mountains to Sea Photography workshops hosted by Tommy White and Alistair Nicol. Workshops led by Tommy and Alistair are packed with photographic opportunities, locations, lots of tips, and hands on instruction. When we saw an opportunity to go with them to the Outer Banks we signed up. This year Tommy and Alistair were joined by Athena Carey, a well-known landscape photographer who makes her home in Switzerland. Athena is known for long exposure, B & W, fine art photography. We looked forward to meeting and working with Athena.

The Outer Banks consists of a string of barrier islands mainly off the coast of North Carolina. The northern most portion of the Outer Banks extends into the southeast corner of Virginia. The Outer Banks are rich in history, including the original Roanoke Colony established in 1584, only to vanish in 1587, and the Wright brother's famous flight from Kill Devil Hills on December 17, 1903. Wild horses can be found around the islands, which according to legend, are descendants of horses either left by the Spanish or washed ashore from a shipwreck. Ocracoke Island was the last refuge of Edward Teach. We know him as the pirate Blackbeard. Edward Teach was killed in a battle on Okracoke in 1718.

Sibley Mill is an old textile mill located in Augusta, GA and situated alongside the Augusta Canal. Sibley Mill occupies the old site of the Confederate Powder Works facility. The Confederate Powder Works was constructed in 1862 and supplied approximately 2,750,000 pounds of gunpowder to the Confederate Army. The Federal Government confiscated the land and sold it off. By 1872 the remaining buildings had been deemed useless and most were demolished. The tall chimney in front of Sibley Mill is the only structure remaining of the old Confederate Powder Works.

This year was the 75th annual running of Aiken Trials, which took place on Saturday March 18. This event is always well produced and attended. The Aiken Training Track makes for a neat venue. Tickets can be obtained for infield and outfield parking. Front row reserved parking gets you a parking spot next to the rail where you can watch the races. Spectators bring folding chairs, ice chests, and barbeques. The tailgate parties will rival any football tailgate party. Events like this are always attended by other photographers and it is a good time to meet new friends. There were a number of special events this, such as a bi-plane flyover, Miss South Carolina, and one of the Wells Fargo stagecoaches. 

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