Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Watery Wednesday #13: Jetties at Ft. Macon


"Rock On!"
Ft. Macon, NC - July 2008 (Click to embiggen)

Watery Wednesday

One of the things a lot of people don't know about Robert E. Lee is that he was an engineer by training. He designed and oversaw the construction of Fort Macon, and a part of that construction was the stone jetties that extend into Beaufort Inlet. I'm not an engineer, nor am I a sailor, so I can't speak to the purpose of these structures, but I suspect they were constructed to keep sandbars (quite common along this part of the coast) from building up in the inlet.
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30 comments:

Michelle at #!/usr/bin/mom said...

Beautiful water shot!

SandyCarlson said...

Great shot. Moving water, water that does not look like setting Jello, water that could be warm is very appealing right now.

I wonder who thunk up jetties in the first place. They are so basic yet so helpful in preventing erosion and protecting navigable waterways. And, damn, they are so photogenic. (Of course, you demonstrate that most things are...!)

Liz said...

Great colors, and you really captured the sense of motion. I would never have guessed that the rocks were placed there intentionally, thanks for the history lesson along with the pretty picture!

ilanadavita said...

A great photo. People rarely features the sea at this time of year.

Gill - That British Woman said...

lovely photo, great Watery Wednesday shot,

Gill in Canada

Your EG Tour Guide said...

You're making me wish for summer!

Judy said...

I love the movement of the water, and all the shades of blue and turquoise!!
Thanks for sharing!

Judy said...

I love the movement of the water, and all the shades of blue and turquoise!!
Thanks for sharing!

Judy said...

I love the movement of the water, and all the shades of blue and turquoise!!
Thanks for sharing!

Judy said...

I love the movement of the water, and all the shades of blue and turquoise!!
Thanks for sharing!

Jan said...

Great post and photo. I love all the colors.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice shot! There's just something great about water splashing against the rocks. :-)

Skies said...

Great photo shot, it is watery indeed. Nice choice for this meme. Thanks for sharing!

kden said...

Jetties are very interesting, depending on where you're standing (not too close) You can really get some great water shots by a jetty and you got one!

Deborah Godin said...

Cool photo of the jetty. (I have one at the foot of my backyard on the lake). Love knowing the Lee connection!

Denise said...

Enjoyed your photo immensely and also the history lesson. Thanks!

Carletta said...

What a really lovely image Mojo!
Lee, an engineer? I learned something today.

Barbara said...

Very enjoyable shot. The jettys make for some good splashes
Smiles B

Allison said...

Great photo! I can just imagine that water rushing in and out. Thanks for sharing :)

Shadow said...

strong and cold. a law to itself.

ewok1993 said...

I am loving the posts so far. I'm playing for the first time this week.

Tammie Lee said...

Oh I love that ocean.

BNS said...

Nice WW post, Mojo. Interesting photo, and a history lesson as well. I never knew Lee was an engineer.

Bobbie @ The Right Blue

Ishtar said...

The sea is so beautiful. My mother grew up on a little island on the west coast of Sweden, her father a sea captain, and she always longed for the sea. It's such a dramatic place. Love your picture!

Connie said...

I like this picture. The water in peaks and the rocks. Very nice.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wow! Those were constructed by Lee? Amazing, isn't it. I knew he was an engineer, but I didn't know this part. Thanks for sharing and for the neat photo!

XO,

Sheila

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NicoleB said...

Breathtakingly beautiful!

The Yothers said...

What a beautiful scene, the rocks, the waves and the sky. Beautiful.
Tess (life is beautiful)

Tink *~*~* said...

I think you may be correct about the purpose of stone jetties. However, sometimes they are not successful. There's one at Blind Pass, which is supposed to separate Sanibel and Captiva, but the Pass keeps closing anyway!

Tink *~*~*
Six Mile Cypress Sky at My Mobile Adventures *~*~*