THREE DAYS OF QUIET by Jerry Taylor

Tangier Island, VA – Nikon D750 24-70 lens at 70mm f/8 ISO 100

It was our 52nd wedding anniversary. The memory took place on Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia September 11, 2015. The island is eroding; it may be gone, according to some, in thirty years, so maybe you have time to put it on your bucket list. The population of five hundred or so people cater to the main-landers of Virginia and Maryland who come on day-trips to learn about the Island, peoples way of life and taste the local seafood. The people, the homes, a way of life may eventually disappear; if it does, this will be a disappearance that cannot be rebuilt. The Island people will gradually drift to another place and Tangier Island will only be a memory like many other transitions and tragedies in life. We walked every foot of the island in our two night and three days stay in one of the Bed & Breakfast establishments. There may be only a dozen motorized vehicles on the Island. The lone police officer has a motorized golf cart.

The image was taken on our last day. It was threatening rain, but never did. It was a photographer’s sky with billowing clouds and great contrast. The image has two houses lined up like it was only one and actually there is a third roof beyond the two obvious ones. The picket fence, the double shepherd’s hook plant hanger and the arbor catch your attention to the center and left. The bench, on the right, invites you to sit for a while and the towel is ready to wipe off the sweat. The nearby bicycle, on the ground, says, “Take a ride.” Maybe the hardly noticeable TV dish antenna says, “Stay inside! It’s too stormy outside – relax.” The storm door is embossed with a flying Canada goose. The weather-beaten roof that needs to be worked on may indicate the owner is saying, “Why replace it? We won’t be here that much longer.” While the other owner’s roof looks new and says, “I’m not ready to give up, yet.” You may see or feel other messages in the image. I would like to hear them.

The official Tangier Island website is here Tangier Island.

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Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather,Teacher, Counselor, Photographer and married to Sylvia since 1963.
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