WPC: Look Up! (An Evening on the River)

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“In the sky

there are always answers and explanations

for everything: every pain, every suffering,

joy and confusion.”


Ishmael Beah


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“For this week’s challenge, take a moment to look up. Whether it’s the fan above your head at work, your bedroom ceiling, or the night sky, what do you see?

Is it familiar? Or does it show you a new perspective on your surroundings?” 

The Daily Post


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For the Daily Post’s

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Look Up!

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016

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These photos commemorate the spot where Edwin Alexander Tejada Delgado drowned on July 7, just before sunset, while swimming in the James River with his friends at this popular beach along the Colonial Parway near Jamestown Island. We didn’t know him, but we watch young people swimming, wading, fishing and boating from this beach nearly year round. 

We look up, to the sky here, exactly a day after his body was found.

May he rest in peace.


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10 responses to “WPC: Look Up! (An Evening on the River)

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  2. Such beauty and such tragedy, hand in hand. My heart goes out to this young man’s family and friends.

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  6. Such beautiful looking up more and then whoa – what a tragic event -so sorry to hear this boy drowned – and what a special post to commemorate the finality and sorrow was felt.
    And WG – I also like how you gave us his full name….
    “EDwin Alexander Tejada Delgado”
    Because it felt so….
    So honoring – 💕💕💕
    My heart goes out to the family and all who grieve –

    • As does ours, Yvette . There was no trace of yesterday’s tragedy this evening , only this spectacular sky and golden sunset . …

      • Oh man is this sad!
        And earlier I was writing someone and was referencing the two young men we lost last April – Dylan Ballard and Eric Hinton – and as I wrote out their names it felt honoring – and it was right before I read your post!
        So the timing was amazing …..
        And how somber that photo now feels – goodness – and again – what a nice tribute 💕💕💕💕

        • They live on in the memories of those who knew and loved them. This is such a dangerous spot when the tide shifts. Huge volumes of water, especially when the river is up as it is now, pushes through a very narrow (and deep) channel into College Creek right beside this beach. It looks so peaceful, yet is a notoriously dangerous spot. It is well posted with signs, but we all know that when we’re young, we tend to disregard the warnings…. I’m so sorry for this young man and for his friends. And who were the two young men you lost last year?

          • Well the two boys lost this past April are Dylan Ballard and Eric Hinton. I did not know them (only met Dylan once) but the entire community is impacted because they were young (D was a 17 yo HS senior and E 22 college student) and they are still investigating, but might have been alcohol related, but the kid driving claims the truck had a problem and I guess he was speeding a bit too – it was on part of road notorious for accidents (near a turn) and WG – you said it exactly the way I would have said…. sometimes the young disregard warnings….
            they feel unbreakable and well, this is a wake up call….

            anyhow, how sad about this sad area on the river….
            we have parts of the James River here in RVA that can be dangerous – but not sure if I know an area like the one you refer.

            hearts to the grieving….

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