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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swift current on the Columbia River

Columbia River flow at the 6th Street Viewing Platform, Astoria, Oregon It's fun to watch the water flow around the 6th Street Viewing Platform. The river is cold and notorious for drownings. If you fall out of a boat, you need to be rescued quickly. That's one reason the Coast Guard is well-placed in Astoria! The water birds love these currents, and I was having fun watching the ducks dive for the newly-hatched salmon that are in the river this time of year. The pointed structure in the background is the 4-mile-plus bridge that stretches from Oregon to Washington. See the tall poles standing in the middle of the photo? This view would have been impossible had the condo developers finished their project before the economy fell apart. I can't believe it's allowed, and I wonder how much of the beauty and romance of our river front will be gone or so drastically changed in the next few years. This free public viewing platform, at least, will lose one of the most remarkable views - toward the bridge and the mouth of the river. I've only been in Astoria since 2001, and I feel I've already documented considerable change. I will keep on looking, and keep on taking photos.

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7 comments:

Team Splashi said...

Hi, yes we do come from time to time to Astoria, we know people from Drina Daisy but also we do like Fort George Brewery and Wet Dog Cafe.
Cheers and thank you for posting on our blog.

Jackie said...

Ooh that's a very dramatic photo, I like it a lot!

2sweetnsaxy said...

It's so sad that development and people with money take up some of the most beautiful land there is. I don't think it's right that they are allowed to not only block views or call any part of a beach private property.

Celine said...

Astoria! It's very, very cool you've started a CDP blog for it. I have to say -- I've lived in Oregon all my life, and I've only been once. Seeing your photos makes me realize I really need to go back.

It would have been terribly if they'd finished that condo project... I'm always so glad when Oregon upholds the 100% public coastal beaches law. Too bad the same doesn't apply to the Columbia.

Welcome to the CDP family, and thanks for your comment on my blog.

Bubblewench said...

I really hope they never buid it! That is really a great spot to just watch...

tapirgal said...

It was supposed to be finished in April, but there's nothing started but the poles. There is always local backlash when they want to put a new condo on the waterfront, but sometimes the project gets the clearance anyway. There is one I'll be talking about a lot if they ever start, because it's right next door to me.

bettyl said...

If the building economy is like our NZ economy, it won't get built for quite a while. Lots of projects are on hold.
Your photo is just great! I can feel the strength of the river in your picture.

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