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Safe Port, Kerr Lake

A Thousand Words
By Jock Lauterer

David Hughes, a retired distinguished professor at the UNC School of Business, sent in this image he shot last fall at Kerr Lake, along with this narrative: “My fascination with boats and ships is reflected in my serving in the Navy and now owning a 26-foot sailboat that I have sailed in the Chesapeake, the North Carolina sounds, the Neuse River, the Inner Coastal Waterway and both coasts of Florida. It was a cold morning on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at 8 a.m. I crawled out of my sleeping bag and opened the hatch on my sailboat that was at its slip at the Steele Creek Marina on Kerr Lake. I saw the fog and the color of changing leaves. The scene reminded me of the 17th century Flemish seascapes. I pulled some clothes over my long underwear, took the underwater camera that I use for snorkeling (a Panasonic DMC TS 10, about $150 at B&H) and headed along the docks to take pictures. Of the many scenes, I selected this one. I imagined what it would have been like to return to a safe harbor after a long voyage in the 17th century.”

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