As coyotes are spotted running on frozen Boston Harbor and snowy conditions over the northern and southern states have caused record lows, these Lakewood Ranch photographers (Susan Piper, Patricia Reed, Mary Nell Moore and Jo Chaney) were spotted on the beach at Sharkey’s. Enduring the “wintery” 56-degree weather and donned with scarves, gloves, coats, boots and hats, they were determined to photograph the last of the winter landscapes before Spring arrives.
A great event can be planned wherein 140 paddleboarders will race down the Tennessee River from downtown Chattanooga and gather at Hale’s Bar Dam, a distance of 31 miles, but a perfect sunny day with pleasant temperatures can’t always be scheduled to the liking of everyone. With a temperature of 32 degrees, and fog so thick you could only see a few feet in front of you, many paddleboarders arrived at 5:00 a.m. to get in a little practice prior to an 8:00 a.m. start. Because it was so foggy, it was delayed for over two hours, giving me plenty of time to capture photos, a few of which are shown below. The winning stand-up paddler, Thomas Maximus from California, finished in 4 hours, 49 minutes. The event was called ChattaJack31.
I have been extremely busy with my real estate business so haven’t had an opportunity to begin scouting for things to fit any of the new themes. I promised myself that I would set aside this afternoon for photography. But as Robert Burns said in the poem, “To A Mouse,” “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” I have, therefore, used this rainy day photograph for my first post.