For Frizz’s Tagged N challenge I thought I would focus on nautical. I’m not a sailor and we don’t own a boat but I live in two states with lots of coastline. Michigan, bordering on 4 of the 5 Great Lakes, has 3,288 miles of fresh-water shoreline. Florida has 1,350 miles of salt-water coastline on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. I also love to visit places that have coastlines, like Canada’s Maritime Provinces and the British Isles.
We live about 1/2 mile from Naples Bay and all the houses in the area across the street from us are on the dredged canals so I see a lot of pleasure boats – some of them very big and very sleek. Fast sleek. We see pleasure boats of all sizes everywhere we go along the coast. These don’t interest me and I haven’t taken many pictures of them.
I am drawn to working boats. I spent a lot of time as a child in my Grandma’s wooden row boat on a small in-land lake in Michigan. That boat worked to put lots of blue gills on our supper table. It looked something like this – although I’m sure Grandma’s boat has long rotted away.
I love the character of fishing boats. No frills – very functional. Maybe I like them because that is how I aim to live my life.
Back to Florida, I think someone down the street from us is buying old boats. I have been intrigued by these two all winter and stopped to photograph them yesterday. The red one is named “The Hooker”.
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