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scouting for plein air inspiration on the King tide / photos

Lesner Bridge on Lynnhaven Inlet

This is the highest tide I’ve seen in the 4 years I’ve lived here. I’d like to draw this bridge but the view from Pleasure House Point is swamped. It’s cloudy windy and cool. (in the low 70s) I’m still wearing shorts and sandals. Everyone is talking about how high the tide is.

expensive apartments on the other side

They recently rebuilt this bridge and the apartments butt right up to it. If I ever move over there I’d need to have the bay view. I checked it out once. I don’t need the extra amenities like a chauffeur to the airport or grocery store. The lady told me a lot of the residents only stay there over the summer but have another home. The apts. are for over age 62. It looks like parking is tight over there.

you don’t usually see this much foam on the bay.

That’s the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on the horizon.

I was walking at Pleasure House Point yesterday and 3 days ago. The path was flooded. 3 days ago I rolled my shorts up and took my sandals off and waded through the deepest part, where it almost always has water running through, it was thigh deep, and I got across. Then yesterday it was flooded even more and when I got to the deep part it looked like it would be up to my waist so I turned around. The path I took to get out of there was flooded up to my knees in places.

that’s one corner of Pleasure House Point on the right behind the boat and barge.

One of the regular guys over there was talking to me yesterday and warned me about going barefoot, (sharp shells, germs ) I know. We were in amazement of the deep water. He told me a man that owned the property before built bulkheads and that’s where the paths are now but nature is reclaiming it. Eventually it will all be marsh again and the trees will be swamped and die out. I asked him why the water is so high and he said the wind is pushing it in.

Recently I overheard some guy talking about sea level rise when I was at P.H.P. and he said it went up 1 foot in 5 years. YIKES! I might see the end of the paths at Pleasure House Point! I might buy some waders. I was wondering if I could put my art supplies on a boogie board and float them to a dry spot because it is extra pretty over there when it’s flooded, in my opinion, but it would be impossible to carry my stuff through the flooded pathways.

another view of the Lesner Bridge

I often see guys fishing there and boats going through but not today. And its going to rain tomorrow so I’m glad I got out today even if I didn’t sketch. If I go back to this parking lot I should pay the $3 but a lady told me they don’t enforce it during the week. Today I paid because the fine is $70 or $80, I forget, but I definitely don’t want to get a ticket.

the boat launch, flooded and the walkway next to it flooded too

Lynnhaven Inlet / charcoal and chalk

It wasn’t hot when I got there but it was when I left. Good thing I got out early.

As I was sitting there on the sand sketching, I saw a whole school of little fish jump several times. I made good progress on the sketch and then this guy started fishing there. I tried to sketch him as fast as I could. I thought it would be good to give my scene some scale. He kept moving the whole time and only cast out a few times then left. I think he didn’t want to be in my sketch.

Then the second guy came in and a boat pulled right up to him and asked him if he caught anything and he said yes he had extra fish so he gave one to the guy in the boat for free. They talked about shad which were right there.

I was excited to get some unexpected figure drawing in this morning. I want to practice drawing moving subjects as often as I can because it’s a challenge. Things like waves, clouds, people etc. Whatever is moving. If I get enough practice it will eventually improve my drawing skill.

I’d like to do a painting of this scene too. Larger, because I kind of squished the bridge slightly in this sketch.