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A week on the East coast

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Postby Hersh » Mon May 23, 2005 10:54 pm


Last week my wife and I took a much needed vacation to the east coast. We went to Washington DC for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial service over the weekend, then of course the regular DC stops; the the monuments, memorials, and that stuff. After DC we went to Norfolk/Virginia Beach for the rest of the week.

Over the course of the week I kept the lighthousing to a reasonable level for the sake of my marriage, but a low quantity definitely did not mean a lack of quality. Here are the lights I saw over the course of the week, in order. I don't get my slides back till tomorrow, so these digitals will serve as my initial travelouge. I got some really cool low light shots that I'm looking forward to sharing with you, so stand by for those.

But first, the tour.....

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This is the first order Fresnel from the Hog Island lighthouse, in it's display on the Portsmouth, Va waterfront.


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And a couple blocks away is the Portsmouth lightship.


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This was an accident... We took a boat tour of the Norfolk Navy yards and got a very distant view of the Middle Ground lighthouse.


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Then on to the big boys, the Old and New Cape Henry lights, which are inside Fort Story, a US Army base. I visited this spot a few times during the week, and I got some great shots.


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And the fulfillment of what has to be my biggest lighthousing dream, Bodie Island. After rolling with the dice with a forecasted storm, we made the drive to the OBX and I got to shoot Bodie for a couple hours. It was everything I'd hoped it would be. :D


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After Bodie we of course had to head to Hatteras. I didn't shoot a lot of externals, but I got several from the top of the tower, despite the 30 mph winds.



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Another accidental light, the Cape Charles lighthouse, as seen from the Chesapeake bridge & tunnel highway, just south of the peninsula. Since there were hundreds of signs admonishing motorists to not stop, I had to quiclky park, ready the camera, shoot this one shot, and then get moving again. I'd have liked to find a better viewing spot on land, but no such luck.


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And finally, Assateague, VA. This was a spur of the moment trip, after I decided that it would be just too long of a trip to go back to the OBX to see Cape Lookout. I was thrlled to find this light was open, and I climbed it and got some cool pics from there.


That's my list. Not long, but strong. In the next week or so I'll be posting more shots from each light, so stay tuned.
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Postby vacastle » Tue May 24, 2005 2:44 am


Well, welcome to Virginia and North Carolina, Mike. Looks like you made the most of your week and covered a whole lot of lighthousing ground. I'll be looking forward to seeing the rest of your photography...esp. of Bodie Island. A very photogenic lighthouse, huh! :D

When you were in Tidewater, and visited the Cape Henry's, did you also make it over to Ft. Monroe to see Old Point Comfort?

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Postby Grover1 » Tue May 24, 2005 5:01 am


Mike,

Glad you made it East ...

There's something about that Bodie shot that's very pleasing to the eye.

While I know NJ is just a notch below the OBX :wink: we are certainly on par with the Maryland/Virginia Eastern Shore. Bypassing us to head south, you missed a dead emu sighting and a Max's Hot Dog with your name on it, not to mention a few lights ...

And, how about that lens on the Portsmouth waterfront. What a spectacular sight for ALL to see. Listenting to Judy and Leah and Stephen, I know I felt compelled the last time I was near.

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Postby Zachary » Tue May 24, 2005 5:31 am


Great pics, looks like Assateague needs a fresh coat of paint though
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Postby Maria » Tue May 24, 2005 5:48 am


Mike,

No fair that you just happened to go to Assateague when it was open. I think it's only open a couple of days a year. You must post pictures of the inside immediately. Hopefully the interior looks better than the outside!

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Postby beachbum1616 » Tue May 24, 2005 6:07 am


Mike,

As Maria stated, you are LUCKY to have happened upon an open Assateague, something that I have not been luck enough to do. Did you remember to go see its lens at the museum before you cross the bridge to the island?

You covered some serious ground in my opinion. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your photos!

BTW, I noticed that they replaced the outer fence with a more perminate one. Makes for better photos than the orange platice one they had up before.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Tue May 24, 2005 6:31 am


Thanks, Mike. I am sorry that you had to see Assateague in the condition that it's in at the present time. It was slated for a paint job this year but I believe that it has been put on "hold" until 2006. It is long overdue....as is Cape Charles.

'Great shots....keep'em coming!! :)
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Postby Hersh » Tue May 24, 2005 8:34 am


Wow, I didn't know I was so fortunate to get into Assateague, I thought it was a regular thing. And I dare say that the inside is the best part. The brick is unpainted and takes on a beautiful warm glow in the light. And of course the view from up there was great. We even saw a wild horse walking into the woods. I remember the post a while back talking about how bad the paint jos is, and that's no lie. I'd love to see it once it's repainted, but I think I'll have to rely on someone who lives closer to post those shots. That 12.5 hour drive is a killer.

And I did stop and look at the lens in town, (there's no way I can pronounce the name of the town, I don't even think I can type it) it was great being able to stand right there next to a first order. Also great was the cup of cream of crab soup and soft crab sandwich I had for lunch a couple blocks down.

I am sorry I missed the Emu though.... That would have made for some interesting shots.

Like I said, Bodie was amazing, it definitely lived up to my expectations. The new fence is more pleasing to the eye than the old one, but of course it's still a reminder of how badly this light needs help. Hatteras was not as good a time, as the storm was moving in and the light sucked. The climb was great, but the photos pretty plain looking. But once the rain started it gave us an excuse to go into Kill Devil Hills and see Star Wars (which was really cool).

After the movie and some dinner was when we went back to Bodie for some night shooting, and I got some duzys on digital, I can only guess at the slides.

Don't worry, more to come from all of them.
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Postby Larry » Tue May 24, 2005 1:07 pm


Hersh wrote:there's no way I can pronounce the name of the town


Chink-a-teeg

Great shots, Mike. And like everyone else, I too am jealous about your good fortune at Assateague. And shame on you for stopping on the bridge. Even if law enforcement nabbed you, I know that all you would have to do is flash your badge...you guys are like that, aren't you :wink:
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Postby Hersh » Tue May 24, 2005 5:29 pm


Yeah Larry, we pretty much are.... One of the very few perks we have!! :roll:
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Postby Larry » Tue May 24, 2005 6:42 pm


Good news all...it looks like Mike wasn't "lucky" after all. It appears that Assateague is now open every Friday-Sunday, Easter through Thanksgiving:

http://cheslights.org/heritage/assateague.htm

We're going to Ocean City, MD for a week in August. May have to take a day trip.... :D

They used to only be open a few weekends a year. Thanks for making me look for the weekends, Mike.
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Postby cawteener » Tue May 24, 2005 6:44 pm


"Hersh wrote:
there's no way I can pronounce the name of the town


Chink-a-teeg
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Chincateague (shink-a- tig)

My aunt lives there--- only reason I can spell and pronouce it.


Thanks for sharing all of the photos! You really did have a long trip and covered a lot of ground! Great lights, great photos, and a great movie! Sounds like a really GREAT trip!
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Postby Hersh » Tue May 24, 2005 6:46 pm


It was a great trip, Christina!! I'm wishing I was still on it as a matter of fact.

And I'm glad to hear about Assateague being open regularly now, I hope you all can go and check it out, it's worth the trip!!!!!!!
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Postby Maria » Wed May 25, 2005 7:44 am


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As a reference, this picture was taken 3 years ago. Once that paint started peeling, it went downhill pretty quickly.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed May 25, 2005 3:34 pm


Mike,

Before you crossed over the causeway to Chincateague, did you see the NASA base on the left with the large fenced in field with several large mounds protruding from the ground? It would be neat to know what was in/under those mounds.
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