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Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring breaks on Assateague Island

Last week I explored Assateague Island, a part of the eastern shore. The southern portion of the island belongs to Virginia, the balance is Maryland. This uninhabited section of the island is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including the famous wild ponies (above). Chincoteague Island is located just to the west and is connected to Assateague (and the mainland) via a series of bridges.

The island features asphalt trails that lead visitors through various parts of the island. As my blog readers know, I rarely follow designated trails and this trip was no exception. This photo was taken miles north of the public beach parking area. A hefty hike along a service road, over a mostly dry marsh and finally through 50 yards of dead thickets and briers lead me to this spot. There's nothing quite like an uninhabited beach. There was an incredible display of large, unbroken shells on the beach like I've never seen.

The photo below was posted for the person who left a comment wanting to see the shells. Included are pics of a seahorse and shark eggs, also found on the beach.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Goose Creek Bridge

The Goose Creek Bridge, pictured here, first came to my attention in the movie; Crazy Like A Fox. A previous post of mine describes why I feel that this film is so meaningful to those living in Loudoun County. A friend suggested that he came across the bridge . I knew I had to find it for myself. Located on Route 50 between Upperville and Middleburg, this historic bridge still stands as a reminder of days gone by. I have not come across any bridge quite like this one, it truly stands out.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Hanging Ice

I stumbled across an interesting find yesterday; ice hanging in the balance minus the water that formed it. It appears as though Round Hill experienced minor flooding when it was cold enough for the water's surface to freeze. I assume that the excess water drained quickly, leaving behind a sheet of ice hovering about three feet above the creek.

The entire scene was a fascinating landscape of shapes and angles. It was worth getting muddy on the way to work for this shoot.