Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Beyond The Horizon

Ahoy, mates! Well, I’ve had a fun morning sorting through all the pictures I took the other day and selecting which will be used in what I thought would be the final Horizon series of entries. I realized as I sorted things out this morning that I needed to do one more entry after this one.

There are three horizons I showed you I would go to in the original post. I would have to combine two in this entry to finish up and I don’t want to condense them, so I will try and do a final, final entry on this tomorrow night. Wednesday is Paulette’s Bingo night, so I should be able to snag the computer long enough to post again.

"Final, final entry." That struck me as funny, kind of like The Eagles’ Final Farewell Tour One that was shown recently on TV. When asked in a back stage interview why there’s a number assigned to the tour title, it was either Don Henley or Glenn Fry who said, "So we can do as many as we want. We’ll just change the number."

Okay, let’s get started. Here is the shot of my horizon looking south from our marina facility. The arrow shows you where I promised to go in order to show you what is there and what lies beyond if you were standing at that point.

This is the start of the Skidaway River as it heads south and is part of the Atlantic Intra-coastal Waterway.

Here is what you are looking at when you get to where that arrow is pointing. You are on the Skidaway River looking at the Skidaway Institute located on Skidaway Island.

Here is part of the first paragraph describing the Institute off of it’s own website:

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO) is an autonomous research unit of the University System of Georgia. The mission of the Institute is to provide the State of Georgia with a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence in marine science. This is achieved through the development of strong internal research programs across a broad range of subdisciplines. Research activities at the Institute are conducted onscales ranging from local economic and environmental issues to global processes and phenomena. In addition, the Skidaway Institute serves regional and state-wide educational and management needs for access to marine research facilities.

This next shot is of the south end of the property showing the public dock you can tie up to if visiting the Institute and showing a private sailboat an a mooring in the lee of the shore.

Here is a closer look at the research vessel "Savannah" The radio designation for such a ship is RV standing for research vessel. Every time this ship leaves the dock I hear on the VHF radio: "Hello all stations or any vessel! This is the RV Savannah requesting a radio check on channel 16, (said as one - six). Nine times out of ten it’s me who responds to the requested radio check. This ship conducts a lot of the work done on the Gray’s Reef Program.

Here’s a final look at the horizon stretching south from here. Around the next bend in the river is the little community of Isle of Hope. There is a marina there by the same name and the community is built around what used to be the officers’ housing area for an army post that once graced this landscape.

Now we look back north to the spot where I was when I took the picture of this horizon, (the first shot above with the yellow arrow in it).

You can’t make out much detail from this distance so I got a shot a little closer of the same vista for you to see. Notice the tower. I was on the top level of that tower when I snapped my first horizon pictures for this series.

I've heard from another who has some great horizon shots in their most recent entry.  It's Nettie, and while they are not in this exact format, you really ought to go and see them,  One is of the boardwalk and horizon and the other one is in the small box of pictures her husband shot on his latest trip on the fishing trawler he works on.


I’ll post my final set of pictures tomorrow night to finish this up. It will show the horizon in the direction that takes you out to the Atlantic Ocean. Take care and I’ll see Y’all then.

I had to come back this morning and edit in a new link.  Tina has completed her horizon entry and what a super job she did, too.  Click on the link and have a look, you'll be glad you did.  I'll post all the links of those who participated in tonight's entry.



jlocorriere05 said...

Thanks for showing thephotos, it looks so beautiful where you live. Encourages me to get there one day!! Jeannette.

madcobug said...

Some great pictures you have posted Sam. You went to a lot of work to get this in order. Looking forward to your next entry. I like the Savannah. Helen

nightmaremom said...

Can I just say I am so jealous!?!  It's beautiful there and it's no wonder you love your job so much!!!  Sure I live near the Falls and Lake Erie but it's not an everyday site, and I work inside an office downtown.  I see nothing!!  :(  Thanks for sharing!

ksquester said...

Sam, Your pictures are so good that I am seasick!  Where's the dill pickle?   Anne?

memes121 said...

Great pictures friend. It is a beautiful place to live and work! I envy you.

sieblonde said...

Green.  Green, green and green with envy not seasickness.   I miss my beach.  le sigh.

ajoleblon said...

I'm changing careers...how long does it take before I can captain my own ship?

insanedazy said...

You have a great life! Love the photos!

judithheartsong said...

I loved this original idea... good for you Sam!!! judi

sierrajazz said...

I am taking notes here... more info for my road trip!!!!
Always enjoy the pictures and the information you share about your area.

childebrand1968 said...

I wish my horizons were this interesting...

My view is a whole different take ;)

It's great seeing what other people see often.  It may even help those who've taken it for granted to appreciate it more... seeing it through another person's eyes.

K, I'm getting too deep, gonna go now :)

Looking forward to the final finale...


gdireneoe said...

This is interesting Sam!  What a good idea.  You guys are so motivating... ;)  C.  http:/journals.aol.com/gdireneoe/thedailies

sunnyside46 said...

so pretty...it's on my lisst of places to go

csandhollow said...

Thank you for the tour!

mechants said...

It's beautiful. I want to go sailing now. If I had a boat, I'd name it "Look Ma, I'm Sailing!" Probably not a good name for a boat, but I like it.


onemoretina said...

Hey there, Sam !  I finally got my pictures done ... here's the link !  Tina

lurkynat said...

Dear Sam,
the phtots are fascinating! The marine research(Skidway Institute) and the coral reef work(the Gray Reef Program) must be very interesting;as well as the old officer's quarters..very interesting! Thanks Sam! hugs, nat

ally123130585918 said...

Sam I'm so glad we have another episode to come - will miss seeing your horizons, but we could always say this is no 4 and the next one will be no 5 good idea - we could call it SAMS Final final Tour..Pictures are lovely I could almost see the sea move. I just did not know so much was going on there. very interesting  what is the Grays Reef Program ?...Ally

labdancer51 said...

I love these photos Sam, looking forward to seeing more! :-)

Sandra x

globetrotter2u said...

What a great game! Now I've got to go through all my 3 trillion pictures to see if I can play, too! I love boats, but I've never been on anything larger than a 28 footer. It's my neighbor's boat and every now and then he takes us out for the day. We usually travel up the intracoastal to Sarasota Florida, have lunch on the water at Marina Jack's and head south and home via the Gulf. So much fun, and I know I have pictures...somewhere!
It's great that Georgia has the Skidaway Institute. I wish we had something like that here. We've had a horrible year of  red tide bloom along southwest Florida. It's been here all year. In fact, I've written about it ad nauseum in my journal. Anyhow, we have the Mote Aquarium, but it's more of a tourist trap than a research facility.
Thanks for visiting my journal. I'm off to look for pictures!

chatzeekay said...

Game or not love the pics I enjoy them thanks for hsaring them