Old School Film Hack

Blue Water


Sunset at Violettes Lock
Seneca, Maryland (December 2016)
Sony RX100 V + Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70/1.8-2.8

With the setting sun and the languid movement of the river, this image really reminds me of the Doobie Brothers song, Black Water, especially after the light faded and the colors transitioned to monochrome:

Close to twenty years ago (has it been that long already?), on a hot summer day when the water was very low and barely moving due to an extended drought, Cindy and I took our Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound) out beyond the trees visible in this photo and we all waded in the chest deep waters.  Cindy collected some long leafy river plants for her freshwater aquarium and our dog entertained us with his swimming/floating antics.  Borzoi — being furry guided-missiles, very much like shaggy versions of greyhounds — are mostly lung and have deep chests, so their bodies try to float on their sides when they get in the water… which makes for some truly hilarious visuals.

Normally we would never challenge the water like that, as the Potomac River is deceptively treacherous and hides all sorts of dangers under the surface (snags, jagged rocks, eddies, holes, debris, rip currents, etc.).  But on this occasion, the water was clear enough to see the bottom and we were quite careful; so we managed to slowly wade about halfway across the river before deciding to turn back.

It has been a favorite place for me ever since, and each time I visit I always think of that special day when we made our way beyond the trees.

18 thoughts on “Blue Water

  1. Anne Mehrling

    I saw the word Blue in the title, but that did not prepare me for the burst of color as I scrolled down. Beautiful! That was a fun story about wading in the river. We went water skiing on the Mississippi once, and that was dangerous, too.


    1. Anne Mehrling

      If I remember correctly, my dad said the water flow was five miles an hour. Google just stated the average is three mph at New Orleans. If we were skiing when the water was high, he was probably correct.


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