Channel Markers

Channel Markers

On our annual family beach trip this year we decided to take the ferry from Southport North Carolina to Fort Fisher to visit the Fort Fisher Aquarium. My (Paul’s) grandparents lived in Southport while I was growing up so I spent a lot of time there as a kid. On our way too and from the ferry, my sister and I got to take our families by to see my grandparent’s old house (we don’t know who lives there now so unfortunately we only got to see the outside) which was a fun bonus for the trip. The town itself, while still small, has grown A LOT since the last time I was there. Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of time to hang out in Southport because it would have been fun to go see some of our old favorite places, assuming any of them are still there (Sweet Treat Ice Cream?).

From a photography standpoint the ferry ride provided several interesting opportunities. One of my favorites was the channel markers. Some of the channel markers were on poles like this, some were floating, and I think all of them had birds on them. The green or red, depending on which side they were on, provided nice color. For this picture I used the side of the ferry as my “tripod”. Using an actual tripod would have been difficult because finding an open space to set it up wouldn’t have been easy. When that is the case finding something (like the side of the ferry, a branch, or I have even used Susan’s shoulder before) to use to stabilize the camera is always helpful.

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