Orchard Beach is where my family has lived for over 60 years, along Mill Creek, on the Chesapeake Bay.
Mill Creek is freezing over more than usual this February. More snow and bitter cold days, but the hope of spring approaching; the first day of spring only a few weeks a way now. Beautiful glowing sunrises bringing warmth. The birds are returning; I woke up this morning to the munching (tapping) of a pileated woodpecker that lives in the woods.
There is an old planer from the boatyard workshops that we are trying to get rid of. Taking it apart to turn it in as scrap metal is proving difficult with the big heavy old-styled (good) construction. Of course no one else wants it. As a family of mostly historians, this is sad and difficult – as it was with figuring out what to do with the rest of boatyard: handmade calking tools, big antique wood and metal turning power tools, wood scraps, brass nuts and bolts (for bottoms of boats). [We ended up donating the most interesting and personal items to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the folks there graciously accepted them.]
The tall majestic trees wait patiently for spring. Come, take a walk with me…
** Be sure to see the out-takes of this collection, and more photos at EmaBee’s Art Facebook page, here.