“Sitting on the dock of the bay… watching time roll by…” paraphrasing Otis Redding’s famous song came to mind yesterday as I was contemplating a couple of different scenes approximately 100 yards apart that are vastly different in composition, yet share certain commonalities that bond the two together. Contrary to tourist’s belief, there are parts of Virginia Beach that do not consist of white sandy beaches and the Atlantic Ocean backed by high-rise hotels and the latest/greatest Virginia Beach Official Tourist Gifts for the 2012-2013 season. One area of “Vah Beach” that is still fairly rural – and I truly hope it remains that way, is Pungo. This is the southern flank of Vah Beach – stretching from Sand Bridge to North Carolina to Chesapeake. That’s a fairly sizeable chunk of real estate. There are various areas known as Creeds, Blackwater, Back Bay, and of course, Sand Bridge to name but a few. Although I have lived in Vah Beach for over 15 years, there are many places in Pungo that I am just now beginning to find and explore. What I like most – the quietness of the area. Once you get off of Princess Anne Road where people for Lord knows why – like to fly at speeds approaching the sound barrier, you’ll find that stupid on wheels remains on Princess Anne Road, while peace and quiet take over within a couple of hundred yards on either side. To be sure, I wasn’t exactly appreciative of some nutcase in a car come up behind me at speed, and disappear behind my tailgate, meaning he/she was way too close. I made my turn-off to go to a ‘new spot’ that looked promising from a photographer’s point of view. I knew from looking through Google Maps – my number one research tool for locating places to take pictures – the road would end near a river (don't ask me the name of it). I noticed a sign sitting there that looked vaguely familiar. It then dawned on me that this was the site of the ‘old’ Captain George’s Restaurant that had shut down some years back. Although their Hilltop (Laskin Road) and Williamsburg locations remain quite busy, this one has disappeared, save for the sign. I was interested in getting a sunset picture of the nearby bridge, and was looking around for other items of interest as sunset was a good hour away. An older cabin sat about 100 yards north of where I was parked. I walked over, and noticed that although it was clearly posted “NO TRESPASSING” some aspiring graffiti artists in training had practiced their craft on parts of it. Despite that detraction, there was plenty of things left that hadn’t been ‘messed with’. As you can see by this week’s image – those famous words penned by Otis Redding are most definitely applicable here… If you would like to see these in their full format, you’ll need to go up on the website as these images are very large – too large for email.
Please have a great week!!