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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Glorious sunset on Astoria's waterfront

If this isn't a bald-faced advertisement for Astoria, I don't know what is. I love the rain, the low clouds and mist over the river, the sun breaks, all of it. But a glorious sunset like this is one of the prize moments. I was particularly taken by the way the sun lights up the one building between the two masses of silhouetted waterfront ambience. The building on the left is where the river pilots get a bit of sleep before the eight- to twelve-hour trip back upriver to Portland. The buildings on the right also belong to the pilots, and the small roof on stilts at the far right of the dark buildings is the covered end of a public pier known as the Waterfront Park, where you can watch the river traffic, the clouds, the gulls, and whatever else is going on out there. you can just see one of the towers of the Astoria-Megler Bridge in the background. More on all of that later. What a peaceful way to end a day filled with technical "challenges"!

Sometimes it takes dark to accentuate the light, and they're both beautiful here. (Today's ShutterDay Challenge = Dark.) Where is your favorite place to watch the sun set?

13 comments:

Nukke said...

Hey ! Now quickly send this to SHUTTERDAY PHOTOCHALLENGE : DARK !!!!! This is a perfect pic in there ! So beautiful colours and myctical darknes !

AB said...

Glorious indeed. I love the tones.

Anonymous said...

why do all Californians who move to Astoria feel some sort of obligation to "advertise"?

C'mon, give us a break. That once robust and interesting city has been stripped of every bit of charm and quality which it used to have in spades.

Small City Scenes said...

Now we know why 'anonymous' is 'anonymous'.

Super shot AG. You captured the essence of the waterfront with a stunning sun glow.

MB

cieldequimper said...

Simply perfect shot.

ramblingwoods said...

Hi Sherry....The Nature Notes meme is posted on Thursdays, but you can add a link anytime you want during the week. I had my Nature Notes meme before I took over Think Green Thursday so I left it the same. It's a small meme and it is easy to follow... Yes this is easier to comment on. But I know what you mean that some blogs can be very difficult....But I think you may have more comments this way...Michelle

ramblingwoods said...

I am so sorry, I meant Sheryl....not Sherrie...sigh....Michelle

Lewis and Clark Trail said...

The copper-like hue really does create a stunning effect. As the eye follows the river towards the background one imagines the broad expanse of the Pacific Ocean, which increases the sense of awe.

I hope I don't sound like I'm getting carried away here.

Doug

fred King said...

Wonderful image, Sheryl. This is one of those chamber of commerce shots we all take. Bravo!!

Don and Krise said...

I agree. You caught the light at the right time, and that's what it's all about. Simply beautiful.

Hilda said...

A beautiful, golden scene! Just perfect.

Very interesting to read about the ferry pilots too. Thank you.

Small City Scenes said...

I don't have a picture of me because I have the camera. Yep, that's it. MB

Sara Chapman said...

Lovely photo. Astoria is one of my fave places, and you do a fine job showcasing its many photographic opportunities.

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