The Big Boats Are Back!

By Jenn Manes The Big Boats Are Back! ‘Tis the season my friends! We just had our first megayacht visit St. John marking the beginning of season for some. So, I happened to be out and about on a News of St. John Island Tour on a sunny late October afternoon when I passed Round Bay out […]

The Wilds of Africa

The Wilds of Africa By Scott Dicken Debunking the Common Myths of African Travel As a result of my love for all things Africa, I often get readers of the Take Photos Leave Footprints website asking me questions as they decide whether Africa is the right vacation destination for them. Some of the most common […]

The Pre-Loved Vessel

The Pre-Loved Vessel by Molly Winans To shop for used boats, you have to have an active imagination. If it’s wintertime, a particularly vivid one. The April boat shopper may walk down a dock under sunny skies, to the tune of chirping birds, to look at a 38-foot sloop with freshly washed decks. Even if […]

Give Thanks

Give Thanks  by Julie Reardon      It’s not winter yet, but the chilly nights and early sunsets remind us it’s just around the corner. Fortunately even this close to winter there are plenty of mild days, fall colors and time to enjoy yourself before the rush of the holiday season and the shortest day […]

The Old Willy T Gets New Life…..Underwater

The Old Willy T Gets New Life…..Underwater By Jenn Manes We have a very cool story to share with all of you. I’m sure you all know by now that the Willy T – the large steel ship that was anchored off of Norman Island and served as a bar/restaurant – was heavily damaged during Hurricane […]

ICK. TOXIC ALGAE BLOOMS: TOXIC TO DOGS, SICKENING TO PEOPLE

ICK. TOXIC ALGAE BLOOMS: TOXIC TO DOGS, SICKENING TO PEOPLE About the time dire warnings about dog deaths from blue-green algae hit social media, we had an unusually thick mat of algae in the pond closest to our house. We knew the pond was not draining correctly because of a collapsed drainage culvert that needed […]

Mallows Bay Ghost Fleet Declared Marine Sanctuary

By Chesapeake Conservancy Mallows Bay Ghost Fleet Declared Marine Sanctuary Local community partners, national conservation and preservation groups, and recreation and education advocates celebrated the designation of a new national marine sanctuary at Mallows Bay in the Potomac River. The sanctuary will take effect by the end of 2019 and will be the first designated […]

You “Otter” See These Guys

By Lani Gering You “Otter” See These Guys While we usually rely on our good pal, fellow sailor and fellow writer and SpinSheet editor Molly Winans for information in this column, I just really wanted to get a piece in this section about the otters at the Calvert Marine Museum. I have been enthralled with […]

Citizens and Governments Working Together to Save Caribbean Reefs

By Jeff McCord Citizens and Governments Working Together to Save Caribbean Reefs For years we have been “loving to death” a marvelous life form.  The good news is that we are learning the errors of our ways in time to make a difference. Coral reefs are constructed by clusters of simple marine animals called cnidaria.  […]

Fireworks and outdoor fun in the Blue Ridge

Fireworks and outdoor fun in the Blue Ridge By Julie Reardon Enjoying the lazy, hazy midsummer days close to home might require a little research, but needn’t cost a king’s ransom.  There are plenty of parks, activities, vineyards and even a few music festivals throughout the state that are affordable or in some instances free. […]