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What am I looking at?

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You know the drill. And I fully expect Tillerman to beat everyone to the punch.  In fact, I’ll be very disappointed if he doesn’t.  Very.  Disappointed. Don’t let me down, Tillerman.

Map showing the Potomac River drainage basin.

Map showing the Potomac River drainage basin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This image is a tiny crop of the full photograph.  The setup:

  • I left the house at 3:30 AM yesterday to catch sunrise photos in southern Maryland.
  • It was still too dark when I arrived at the boat to do anything, so I searched further afield.
  • I spotted this at a favorite haunt of ours and was impressed by the size of the waves; to give you a sense of scale, the waves are big enough to flip a center-console powerboat.
  • I am looking south.
  • This site has a number of boating accidents each year due to the phenomena in the above image.

What is it?

As usual, Tillerman gnaws at it like a pit bull until he nails the answer — Point Lookout.

This is the reason behind the lighthouse and flashing marker at Point Lookout — the confluence bar where the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay meet.  Below are some old images I took a few years ago when we went out to it with our Hobie Tandem Island.  The confluence bar is just sand — not a reef or rocks.  And because it’s sand, it has ebbs and flows due to storms, tides, seasons, etc.

9 thoughts on “What am I looking at?

  1. Tillerman

    Well I was originally going to guess it was the same place that you were teasing us with a few weeks back, Thomas Point. But that isn't in “Southern” Maryland and the lighthouse is the wrong shape. So my second guess is that this is NOT Thomas Point.

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  2. Tillerman

    Well I was originally going to guess it was the same place that you were teasing us with a few weeks back, Thomas Point. But that isn't in “Southern” Maryland and the lighthouse is the wrong shape. So my second guess is that this is NOT Thomas Point.

    I can see land in the distance so maybe it's Drum Point or Point Lookout?

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  3. Mitch Zeissler

    Drum Point? Drum Point? Did I say “almost” southern Maryland? Drum Point is some 21 miles away as the crow flies from this location.

    What you see in the distance isn't a lighthouse.

    The land in the distance isn't Maryland.

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