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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Downtown Astoria with passing ship

Astoria, Oregon - Downtown with passing ship On this Watery Wednesday, I'm posting yet another view of the Columbia River. I've been wanting to show an overview of the town of Astoria from lower down on the hill than I showed the first time and the second time. Both of those were taken from the top of the hill. I took this photo last Saturday from a friend's back deck. They have an exceptional view not blocked by any power lines! This shows the major part of the downtown area. You can see how close the shipping channel is to the town. The moving ships have a specific lane, and then if they're dropping anchor, they'll go farther out into the river. The line in the water at the left is the flat part of the bridge to Washington. The ships pass under that bridge very close to land, then they skirt the land for a few blocks and turn toward the center of the river as you can see this one is starting to do. If you click on the image, you can see the small green and white pilot boat racing out to swap pilots for the trip upriver. I explained a lot about that in this post. One of the fun things to see in Astoria is the exchange of pilots when the boats dash out to the big ships. It usually takes place right in front of the town. I'll have some close-ups of the green pilot boats later on in the blog. We had perfectly beautiful days on Saturday and Sunday. It's been more overcast since then, but it's been burning off somewhat during most afternoons.

10 comments:

Karen said...

That river is really huge ..awesome !!

That shot is great and what a wonderful view your friends have..

Unseen Rajasthan said...

What a lovely and fascinating Shot !! This is simply great..Unseen Rajasthan

Anonymous said...

"The moving ships have a specific lane"

It's called "the channel"

Amanda Guthrie said...

Yes but it is a striking view, it must be so peaceful out there!

Kilauea Poetry said...

What a beautiful day for this capture..I like the clouds-

Jacob said...

Oh, I love this photo. I knew the Columbia River was big, but your photos really tell the story. Always great fun on your blog!

Regina said...

Beautiful captured, Great view of Astoria.

James said...

Wonderful view. Awesome photo!

Don and Krise said...

You picked a good spot for this one. I like it.

H said...

It's hard to come by photos of the downtown area anymore that include the old Safeway on 11th. It was my neighborhood grocery store with Hauke's on the other end of town. Now, where once stood the old Safeway is a parking lot. Sure miss Astoria. Maybe I'll move back there.

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