Perhaps Another Example Of How Unplanned Trips Are The Best Ones
A trip to Oxford Maryland has always been an enjoyable, as well as artistically rewarding, experience for me no matter the time of year or what the weather conditions happen to be on any particular day that I find myself there. To those already familiar with this historic Colonial Port town you might agree that a trip on the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry is the most scenic way to arrive but for me on a Saturday afternoon driving along a two lane road, sans stoplights, flanked by low lying farmland wasn't such a bad way as well. This happened to be the case when I took a somewhat late starting, and certainly impromptu, drive to Oxford in hope of catching a little late afternoon sun so too speak.
Having arrived in town around 3 o'clock, and with sunset taking place at close to 10 minutes of five, there was already a limit on both the amount of time available for photographs as well as places in town to experience before the sun disappeared out beyond the Tred Avon River.
The following are eleven photographs taken over an hour and 30 minutes or so during my recent visit to one of the oldest and perhaps most quaint of Maryland's Eastern Shore towns.
The Oxford-Bellevue Ferry operates from mid April until mid November each year and as a traveler arriving in Oxford on it the photograph above depicts one of the views that a passenger would have as the ferry approaches the dock. The shoreline shown here is of the residences that line a segment of East Strand Street in the Town of Oxford. Note that this photograph was taken from the far end of the ferry dock upon my arrival this past Saturday afternoon.
As one can see in this photograph the town clock was displaying almost 3:30 pm by the time I walked down to the Oxford Museum on South Morris Street from the ferry dock. The bright late afternoon sunshine is seen streaming into the museum's front windows that were featuring holiday displays that day.
Continuing walking down Oxford's main street this shore style residence, replete with a cedar shake facade and a wide expansive front porch, is both bathed in the shade as well as by the late afternoon sun.
Almost directly across the street from the previously featured residence is this traditional frame house that is completely shaded from the afternoon sun however this view accents the berry bush located on the near end of the front porch.
Catching sight of the brilliance of the then setting sun reflecting off the Oxford Mews Emporium storefront windows I dashed back up South Morris Street in time to capture this scene. By the time I stepped back to contemplate a better angle for taking another photograph of it the reflections shown here were gone.
With both the sunny and shaded sides of the street to contend with, while the sun continued to reach closer to the surface of the Tred Avon River, I stopped to photograph this alleyway like mural depicting the generations of watermen, along with the role that the seafood industry has played, in the Oxford community over the years.
Yes having previously presented an example of a wooden shake exterior residence this scene features a more modern version of one however it really brings together the intensity of the setting sun and the close proximity of the Tred Avon River to the town of Oxford itself regardless of where one happens to be within its boundaries.
Quickening my pace I made my way back to South Morris Street so as to photograph the former St. Paul's Church building. Yes I noted 'former' for you see the old church had been closed when a couple of town residents purchased the building in 1979 and began restoring it in the late 1980's. Today this building, still sporting a church like facade and interior, is used for community events and other functions as well.
Okay it became time to return to the Tred Avon River shoreline in order to get this view of Benoni Point, seen out in the distance across the water, as the sun continued getting lower on the western horizon.
Wow made it to my final destination of the day for it was now officially dusk here on the lower part of Town Creek. Yes Oxford Maryland is a well known sailboat town as well what with its rich history of boat building and design that has and still does take place along its waterfront.
Hopefully you did not feel rushed as we toured Oxford Maryland together but this was certainly a time, in the spirit of beloved Chesapeake Bay photographer Marion E. Warren, where I could not afford to wait for the light to be just right.
G J Gibson
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