Monday, June 30, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Opened in 1964, the CBBT is a twenty-three mile long complex connecting mainland Virginia with the Eastern Shore. It includes two tunnels—the Thimble Shoals tunnel for Hampton Roads shipping and the Chesapeake Channel tunnel for shipping on the Bay. Bonds were issued for its construction, and all other revenue has been from tolls—no tax money has ever been used for this massive project.

[Shipping bound for Hampton Roads]

[LHD amphibious-assault ship, one of four based in Norfolk]

[Entrance to the Thimble Shoals tunnel]

[Fishing pier and Coast Guard cutter]

After hurricanes and other major storms, the CBBT can be a good place to spot pelagic birds, and on previous crossings under normal conditions, I've seen shorebirds, most notably ruddy turnstones. On this visit, we had to settle for pigeons.

 [Entering the Chesapeake Channel tunnel]

[The CBBT as seen from Cape Charles]

[Looking up the Bay from Cape Charles]

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Virginia is for lovers

Cheers to Kjordahn and Sequioa (Brown) Owen, married June 14th, 2014 at Lawrenceville, Virginia.

[Kjordahn and his court.]

[Sequoia and Aoife]

[Ladies of the court: Aoife, Juliet, and Hermia]

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Camping at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. Photos by Mark & Jessica.

Friday, June 27, 2014

No way out

Some insectivorous plants native to North Carolina, photographed not in situ but at Duke University's botanical garden.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blue Ridge Parkway

A brief stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Photos by Mark and Jess.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Silver Run Falls

This falls is just a short hike off NC 107, southeast of Cashiers, North Carolina. Photos by Jess and Mark.