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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Free as a bird

Vessels Under the Bridge, Astoria, Oregon That may seem like a funny title for this photo, but I don't know how else to describe the feeling I had standing on the deck of the Cannery Pier Hotel watching these two vessels pass by. The air was pleasant - not hot, not cold. The breeze was gentle and beckoning. I almost felt the way I do when I'm on the prow of a boat or ship cutting through the swells, free and without a care. I'd never been to this viewpoint before, and it was amazing. You don't need to enter the hotel to get this opportunity, just walk up to the railing beside the building, and you feel a part of the elements. What is hard to convey in any photo is the enormous size of the ship and the bridge, the feeling of vastness. Try clicking on the image, it may help. The land on the other side of the river is the state of Washington.

This is my contribution to Scenic Sunday, where you can view pictures from around the world that various individuals consider "scenic." It's an interesting concept. I love the detail photos of buildings, people, and everyday life. Maybe "scenic" lifts us a little bit outside ourselves and into another realm. That's how I felt at the moment I took this photo.

Well, I goofed up seriously here, but I've been a day early all week! Crazy. Today is Saturday, yes, it is. I'm not changing the post :)

6 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

Today, in the early afternoon, I was just standing at my preferred place near the entrance of the port. I was following the pilots and awaiting their return with a ship. It was hot but there was wind. We have salt water and no bridge, but be sure I understand you.

Don and Krise said...

You're right, you did find a good vantage point. This is very nice. Don't worry about being a little early, it just gives you another chance tomorrow.

Small City Scenes said...

I like to watch the big ships moving in and out of the Strait. It is always an awesome feeling and then when the smaller boats move beside them.........MB

Ming the Merciless said...

In some parts of the world, it is Sunday. :-)

Lee Spangler said...

Your picture shows the vastness and complexity of the river. I can smell the cool mixture of the sea air and love all the blue color.

Jacob said...

It all seems so vast; the ships, the bridge, the river itself. And your description is so good, I can almost smell the water and feel the breeze...

And don't worry about you days mixup...I tend to think every day is Wednesday!

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