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Mobile Bay

Sunset on Mobile Bay.

Mobile Bay looking southwest from Daphne, Alabama at 3:30 P.M, Dec. 10, 2018,

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Fort Pickens

Port Pickens, Pensacola, Florida

A tremendous explosion, result of a fire, in 1899 completely obliterated Bastion D at Fort Pickens. Fort Pickens is located on the Gulf Islands National Seashore just below Pensacola, Florida.

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Abandoned

Photo of derelict boats tied up along the Bon Secour River in southern Alabama, USA.

Abandoned cabin cruiser sits in front of a derelict shrimp boat. Both have been abandoned for several years.

Along the Bon Secour River, which flows into Mobile Bay in southern Alabama, there is a large fleet of deserted shrimp boats. Some are huge, some rather small, but they all have been abandoned. Hurricanes or tropical storms have severly damaged most of them. Speculation is that they are too damaged to repair (repairs will cost more than the boat is worth). Other possible reasons are that the shrimp fishery is too depleted and competition too intense, the boats have paid for themselves and owners are no longer interested in the grueling work of shrimping, but then who knows.

Regardless, The Alabama Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Fund, established June 2018 and managed by the Secretary of the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency, is for payment of the seizure, removal, transportation, preservation, storage, advertisement, appraisal, and disposal of a derelict vessel. Effective June 1, 2018 Act 2018-179 relating to derelict and abandoned vessels, authorizes the removal of a vessel from the waters of Alabama under certain conditions by a law enforcement officer or a private property owner.  Previously, a property owner was responsible for legal fees, and litigation required to remove a derelict vessel from his dock. The costs were prohibitive.

Cracked and peeling paint, mold, and slime shows the typical condition of the abandoned fleet.

Beyond repair, a small, abandoned shrimp boat sits moored to a crumbling dock on the Bon Secour River.

A smaller derelict craft lists to one side, tied to a crumbling dock.

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The Montague Flood – 2018

Standing water surrounding an ice cream shop in Montague, Michigan.

Standing water in Montague, Michigan after several days of heavy August rain.

After several days of heavy rain, Twisters Ice Cream shop in Montague is bounded by standing water to the south across the bicycle trail.

Butternut Creek rises with the rain, but quickly drains into the White River, which empties into White Lake. The water level in the Lake is 3 to 4 feet higher than it was two years ago. The beach on Lake Michigan, about 7 miles to the west, is almost non-existent.

Evidence of flooding on Butternut Creek in Montague, Michigan.

Buttermilk Creek in Montague, Michigan. Although the water has receded significantly, it is still much above its normal level.

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Blossoming Prickly Pear

Despite its incredibly fierce passive/aggressive defense, the Prickly Pear Cactus sprouts a very delicate flower about this time every spring. These are a few growing around the perimeter of the Snow to Sun RV Resort’s leash-free dog park and birding center. Prickly Pear blossoms begin opening in the Rio Grande Valley late March. By the end of June to the middle of July tunas will be ripe for harvest and turned into a delicious wine.

Prickly Pear Cactus blossoms

Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Prickly Pear blossoms appearing in late March, 2018, in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

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