Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bluesy Tuesday - Shrimp Boats

Shrimp Boats on Shem Creek, Mt. Pleasant, SC  © Doug Hickok


Shem Creek is a popular place to berth boats of all sorts... sail boats, mid-sized yachts, deep sea fishing vessels, and especially shrimp boats. The shrimping industry is important to the local economy. But times are changing, and shrimpers are feeling the pinch of higher costs, decline in the demand for ocean caught shrimp, and government regulation. Some shrimpers say in 20 years or so, the industry could be sunk. It's true there are fewer shrimp boats tying up at Shem Creek these days. Instead they're being replaced more and more by pleasure craft. Even kayakers make their home here now.

On a brighter note, if you relish seafood, Shem Creek is the waterfront spot to be. Restaurants line the docks on either side, and offer up delicious fare fresh from the deep blue sea.


21 comments:

  1. Nice, love the reflections and the placement of the subjects to the left.

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  2. Good photo, nice composition and reflexions.

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  3. Ooh I just love that green boat! :-) It's too early for shrimps but I wouldn't mind seafood for lunch later!

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  4. Nice reflections, love it :-)

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  5. Excellent reflections.
    I like most the orange point on the water.

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  6. Perfection! I can not think of another word to express this picture!
    The reflections are fantastic!
    Léia :)

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  7. Very nice photo, from that low angle they look so large and the reflction on the water and the waves,,,Wow! good one Doug,,,M

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  8. Wonderful blues and a great perspective Doug. I saw a report on the challenges these shrimpers face. Giant shrimp farms seem to be impossible to compete with. Sad to think this way of life might disappear.

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  9. We're sending Becky home to you on a shrimp boat today. It's probably more reliable than Delta.

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  10. a very attractive image, perfectly framed and with very appealing reflections! i must remember this address when and if i ever come to charleston again!

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  11. I like the off-center composition and that green trawler off to the right fits in well.

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  12. Hi Doug! The tones of blue here are so happy! And the reflection makes it a snappy shot! Go Shrimps Go! :D

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  13. I like the low pov and the colors
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  14. Lovely bright sunny colours, great reflections too :-)

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  15. The reflections are so dreamy!
    Like a mirage.

    "Creek" is an interesting word; it's underused in England.
    Is it popular in the US?
    I thought it was very Australian.

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  16. Beautiful photo, with all these bold colors and wonderful reflections!

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  17. I hate the thought of one's livelihood being cut short, Doug, but I know we're living in such a frigile time right now, all around the world. But I would love finding a restaurant there for fresh fish. I hope to eat a lot of it on our Norwegian cruise next week!

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  18. A lovely image with lovely reflections and colours. Great angle. Well done.

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  19. A lovely shot, Doug. What a shame about the shrimp industry...

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  20. You have a very interesting blog with those colors and variety.
    Greetings

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  21. This photo really caught my attention. The reflection of the boats is just awesome!
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