Last Sunday I drove up to Red Bank, NJ to tour a major (100 dealers) antiques mall. That was fun but it was more fun to discover ice boating underway nearby. The activity was on the Navesink River and I watched it from the venerable (1879) Monmouth Boat Club (this is a private club but I was admitted because of my LBI club membership). In addition to the individual and family activity underway, down the river I could see a number of what looked like Opti sails flying across the river ice. I was told that it was a regatta underway, something one thinks about as a summer activity.
The Christmas Tree? To mark soft spots in the ice. I was asked to bring mine out there if I hadn’t thrown it away yet.
And if you’re a convinced windsurfer here’s what you do in the winter.
THIS OLD HOUSE, REVISITED
On the day before, Saturday, I headed to the antiques shops in Mullica Hill. On the way I revisited this old house which I had found and photographed last winter. It still stands, cold, lonely and deteriorating … reduced to being a landing spot for turkey vultures which flew as I tried to get set up to “film” them on the roof.
It was a beautiful day, not at all suited to the mood of the house so I converted the images to brooding black and white.
For my photography colleagues the image below was created from three images (-1, 0, +1 EVs) with Photomatix and then converted to B&W. The result was pretty noisy so I ran it through Neat Image to clean it up. (Fortunately, Neat Image didn’t clean up the pile of trash.)