Some James River Photos - Sunsets at Merry Point

The photographs below are of the James River --- mostly at sunset --- and mostly from a point on the shore called Merry Point, in Newport News, Virginia --- looking west, over the river. (See map at the bottom of this page.)

Description of the area :

Merry Point is on the north side of the James River, several miles from the mouth of the river.

At its mouth, the river empties into the area where the Monitor-Merrimac battle was fought in the Civil War. Just beyond that battle area is the Chesapeake Bay, then the Atlantic Ocean.

The James River is about a mile wide at Merry Point --- so these photos show a lot of water, with the south shore of the river in the distance.

Most of these photographs are looking west from Merry Point, toward the setting sun. But some photos are taken looking up the river --- and some photos are taken looking down the river from Merry Point --- toward the James River lift bridge (on the right) and the Newport News shipyard (on the left).

The shipyard is where aircraft carriers are designed and built. You can see some heavy-lift cranes in the distance. These are a couple of the largest traveling-cranes in the country.

The lift bridge typically opens a couple of times a day, to allow tall ships and barges to travel up/down-river, toward/from Richmond.

How the photos are presented :

The photos below are presented on this page in a small size (320x240 pixels) --- with a link or two to larger sizes.

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The most recent of the sunset photos (that is, the photos facing to the west) are shown first.

Toward the bottom of this page are photos taken at Merry Point facing south (down river), north (up river), and east (landward).

And, as mentioned above, maps are at the bottom of the page.


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Below are photos looking SOUTH from Merry Point ---
toward the James River bridge (on the right) and the Newport News
shipyard (on the left) --- most recent photos first :


2006 Aug 22


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The photo point of most of the sunset photos is to the left of the photo above
--- on the shore, between the boat lift in the background and the old dock posts
extending to the right, in front of that lift.


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Here are some photos looking NORTH (up river) or INLAND from Merry Point,
the point where most of the sunset photos were taken.

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There is a small lake, just east (landward) of the point where I take the photos.
The lake empties into the river near the 'photo point'.
The lake is shown in the photo above and the photo below.


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This map shows the point from which most of these sunset photos were taken.
The point is circled by a small black ellipse --- just above
label "Merry Point" on the map.

The battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac was fought in the area just south
of the "Newport News" and "Hampton" labels. To the right of the "Hampton" label
is the Chesapeake Bay. And to the right of that (out of the picture, to the right of highway 13)
is the Atlantic Ocean.


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Page created 2006 Aug 21. Order of pictures changed 2008 Dec 28.