Welcome

Welcome to our website, c22sail.com. This is a safe place. There is no fear mongering and no political agenda. This website is clickbait free, there are no popup ads, no cookies to accept, no forms to fill out, and nothing to sign up for. Our website is a place you can freely explore. You can stand barefoot in the sand. You can roll your pants up and wade in the creek. You can travel to faraway places and renew your spirit with nature. You can view the world and universe through beautiful photography as well as learn how those photographs are produced. It is our hope that our stories, videos, and photos will help fuel your imagination and inspire your own sense of exploration.

Still Life Photography

Still Life Photography

Still life photography represents some of our best work. Still life can be a lot of fun. It will challenge what one knows about composition, lighting, and subject matter. Still life gives us new ways of looking at the ordinary things around us. Images can tell a story, they can be humorous, they can touch the heart and bring back memories. Artists find themselves surrounded by ordinary things and they find ways to show them in their best light. Some of the images we have produced simply did not work. Others surprised us in unexpected ways.

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Please Sir, I want some MO!

Please Sir, I want some MO!

Above photo by Dora McGee

MO Cruise, October 16-24, 2020

The MO Cruise, on the St Johns River, originated with two Catalina 22 sailboats, The Mari-Lee, sailed by Vernon Senterfitt, and Outrageous, sailed by John and Anita Kjallberg. Sadly, Vernon passed away. Anita planned the trip for us but at the last minute unable to go. Dora and I have wanted to make this cruise, but time has always gotten the better of us and we haven’t been able to go. This year, due to COVID-19, we weren’t sure we would be able to make it. In spite of the turmoil of 2020 and the increased storm activity in the southeast somehow things worked out and the cruise was on! 

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20th Annual Northern Gulf Coast Cruise

20th Annual Northern Gulf Coast Cruise

Prologue 

The following conversation takes place on VHF radio, channel 71. 

Ted: “Tango, Tango, Tango . . . Rhapsody in seA.”  No response. 
Ted: “Tango, Tango, Tango . . . Rhapsody in seA.” 
Beattie: “Hello Ted and Dora, where are you?” 
Ted: “Hi, Beattie, we are just passing by your house now on our way to Specter Island.” 
Beattie: “I see you now. Have a safe trip. We will get together at the club when you get back.” 
Ted: “Thanks Beattie. Rhapsody in seA standing by on Channel 71.” 
Beattie: “Tango standing by on Channel 71.” 

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Hawaii

Hawaii

The Hawaiian archipelago is made up of 137 islands spread over 1,500 miles. Hawaii was the 50th state to join the United States on August 21, 1959. The state capital and Pearl Harbor are located on the island of O'ahu. We visited O'ahu and the big island of Hawai'i in 2006. In 2020 we made a return trip to the big island of Hawai'i. Dora and I know more about the big island of Hawai'i simply because we spent more time there and researched it more.

The Hawaiian tradition of welcoming visitors to Hawaii with a lei is not practiced as it once was due to cost. Friends and relatives still buy leis at the airport to welcome their friends and families. However, from time-to-time you may come across one someone hung in a tree or laid on a bench, just in case you need one, kind of like a hug.

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Norway

Norway

"Follow your own path and let it lead you where your heart wants you to go."

Recently our path took us above the Arctic Circle to the Lofoten Islands in Norway. February might seem a curious time to travel to the Arctic, however; this time of year provides excellent photographic opportunity. The sun stays low on the horizon throughout the day, making for extended sunrises and sunsets. The low angle of the sun also makes for excellent light all day. Views of the Northern Lights this time of year are spectacular. The climate in Lofoten is influenced by the Gulf Stream and it stays warmer than one might expect. Properly dressed in layers and temperatures ranging from 28 to 38 degrees F it was an enjoyable trip. Weather changed constantly. It is the Arctic so be prepared for cold temperature, high winds, rain, snow, and ice. We experienced 40 mph plus winds from time-to-time. One day it might rain and the next snow. It all depended on a degree or two of temperature change. 

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A Little Bit of Heaven

A Little Bit of Heaven

A Little Bit of Heaven

Sure a little bit of Heaven fell from out the sky one day
and it nestled in the ocean in a place so far away
and when the angels found it sure it looked so sweet and fair
they said suppose we leave it for it looks so peaceful there

So they sprinkled it with stardust just to make the shamrocks grow
it's the only place you'll find them no matter where you go
then they darted it with silver just to make the lakes look grand
and when they had it finsihed sure they called it Ireland

by J. Keirn Brennan and Ernest R. Ball

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Cuba

Cuba

Dora and I were stationed at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for four years, beginning in 1973. Our daughter, Karen, was born there. Cuba was under an economic embargo by the United States and so we were restricted to the base. Diplomatic relations with Cuba were severed in 1961 by President Eisenhower. The U.S. embassy in Havana was closed and Guantanamo Bay was isolated. We could take R&R trips to Haiti, Puerto Rico, San Juan, and other Caribbean locations but we never got to know any of Cuba, save what we experienced on the base. Over the years we would catch a glimpse through some story in a magazine or newspaper but we never thought the opportunity to return would present itself. Fast forward 54 years to August 14, 2015 when Secretary of State, John Kerry, travelled to Havana to reopen the embassy. Suddenly Americans could once again visit the beautiful island of Cuba. 

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This website is maintained by Ted and Dora McGee. Photographs may not be downloaded, copied, or used without permission. 

While we are not in the business of selling photographs we are asked from time-to-time. If you are interested in purchasing a photograph we will prepare the image and provide a link to the lab we use.  You will be able to order prints as well as optional mounting and framing. Unfortunately, we no longer make high resolution files available for downloading.  

If you would like to use or purchase one of our photos please contact us with the link in the top menu.