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Photo Challenge – TWO
Published on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by

albacore shipwreck

I loved this month’s photo challenge theme “Two.”  It is like a photographer’s choice with a challenge.  I could do this all day long!

1.  During the winter I kept hearing that the Corolla shipwreck off of Albacore Street had been uncovered a bit more by the winds.  I made sure to visit it on our first day back this month.

This wreck is officially known as the O’Keefe, named for the person who discovered it.  Locals believe it is actually the wreck of the Metropolis.  102 lives were lost when this steamship came aground in January 1878.  Because there is no proof that this is the Metropolis, the wreck is not considered “of historical value.”

The top picture on this post is a view of the ribs and keel.  My “official challenge picture” shows the end of a rib that has split in two.

I keep a small piece of a rib in my winter jacket, since the skeleton has been left to break down on its own.   I have sat at this wreck and thought of those who died, holding them in my heart.  I always feel something powerful when I visit this shipwreck.

metropolis shipwreck obx

2.  Two weeks ago the windows in my house rattled.  People felt this shaking from the Outer Banks to Hampton Roads.  The next day dead fish washed up on the beach.  Dolphins and small whales have beached themselves since that time. The military has denied any testing or blasts and there were no known earthquakes.  These menhaden are still washing up.  Hmmmmmm……

dead menhaden

3.  Every weekend morning my dog wakes me early to walk on the beach.  Two birds were flying in front of the sun as I took this picture.  I look at this photo and think, “Peace.”


4.  I love how this guy has his two claws placed so perfectly in front of him.  He posed himself perfectly before venturing off to the great big beach in the sky.

brown crab in obx

5.  Saturday as the evening turned from twilight to night the sun began to create astounding shadows and patches of light across the dunes.  I didn’t do any touch-up to this photo.  What you see is exactly what we watched from the deck.  These two clouds floating up the coast added to the beauty of the end of our day.

amazing clouds on dunes

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  • PJ

    Your #3 shot of the morning walk along the beach is great! The colors and the nicely timed shots of the birds really make the photo. And just like you, I look at that picture and think of peacefulness and tranquility. I’m jealous that you can start of your weekend mornings like that any time you want! :p

  • cheryle

    Nice take on the theme. The shipwreck is so interesting. I love the texture in the 2nd photo. In love and light Cheryle

  • Danielle Kempe

    Wow! Beautiful shots!

    Thanks for sharing the beach views with us. (I’m jealous over in dreary, still cold & snowy, MA)

  • You do some great meditation on your walks. I can just tell. That and you take some great shots too.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  • Clare Barton

    I love all your shots. I would like to visit the shipwreck. It seems so atmospheric and your dead fish shot is a very powerful image! xxx

  • GeoKs

    What a great set of nearby nature photos for this month. I appreciate that you took a few minutes to write about each one, too. Since I live on the prairies and rarely see the ocean, spending some time viewing your photographs is like a mini-vacation to a faraway place. The (unfortunately dead) fish, the crab and the birds are all beautifully composed images. And the story about the long ago ship wreck is touching. Thanks for sharing your beautiful part of the world through the photo blogging challenge.

  • That last photo is a stunner! Well captured!

    Poor fish. Yes, looks like something caused them some trauma, doesn’t it? Is that what happened to the crab thing too?

    The wreck is fascinating, and I’d be like you; I’d think of the people who lived/worked/travelled on that ship and how they lost their lives. So very sad.

  • Denise Nash

    Amazing – I love the photos & insights!!

  • Wow these are some really nice pictures! I love nature!

  • Ron

    Katherine, what a fascinating story about the shipwreck! And like you, I would be thinking about the people who were on that ship and lost their lives.

    Each and everyone of these photographs are absolutely gorgeous!

    “Two birds were flying in front of the sun as I took this picture. I look at this photo and think, “Peace.”

    OMG, that photo took my breath away! It’s beyond stunning!

    Well done, my friend. Two thumbs up!


  • Paul Myers

    Third shot – stunning. Not only that, but you have a double two as there are two more birds flying in the distance. Well done.

  • Lisa

    Fantastic shots! I’d love to poke around a shipwreck with my camera! I was so taken with the colors in the sunset I completely overlooked the birds at first! And great eye to catch those two wandering clouds.

  • I always enjoy your take on the themes. Nice work with this. And as I look outside and still see snow… I’d really like to be on a nice beach right now!

  • Mike Davis

    Great take on this theme and lovely photos. the sunset and birds is my favorite, I think. I also enjoy the simplicity of the wood.

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