Photo of the Week: Santa's Reindeer and the Surfer

ByAlButzerPhoto by Al Butzer/http://www.flickr.com/photos/49154307@N04/.

"This photo was taken in Virginia Beach. 'Santa's Reindeer and the Surfer' pulls together a Southern Chesapeake Virginia Beach Christmas.

I first fell in love with the Chesapeake when we moved to Fairfax, Virginia, and had our boat shipped from Chicago to Parrish Creek off the West River. For 13 years, we sailed the northern Bay and anchored in countless beautiful creeks, among them, Harness Creek, Dividing Creek, Mill Creek, Gibson Island off the Magothy River, St. Michaels, La Trappe Creek near Oxford, and of course, Spa Creek.

In 2007, we relocated to Norfolk, Virginia and sailed our boat south to Hampton, Virginia, where we are still exploring the wonders of the southern Bay. Every day on the way to and from work, I drive across the Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach and have a beautiful view of the Bay, with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in the distance. Sometimes the Bay is as smooth as a baby's bottom, and at other times it is a kick in the pants. Every day is different, and every day is a joy and a blessing!"

--Al Butzer (as told to Emmy Nicklin)


Do you have a favorite Bay photo you'd like to submit to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Photo of the Week contest? We're looking for Holiday-themed photos! Send your digital images to CBF's E-Communications Manager, Emmy Nicklin, at enicklin [at sign] cbf.org, along with a brief description of where and when you took the photo and what the Chesapeake Bay means to you. Please also join our Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Flickr group and post your pics to our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing your photos!

Emmy Nicklin

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