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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Morning light

Bungo Spirit, Ship in the Columbia River, Astoria, Oregon The ship Bungo Spirit spent several days anchored beyond my office where I could see it most of the time. I love it when the sun's rays turn the ships' colors brilliant. Does anyone know why the prow curves forward in such an arc at the waterline? I don't. Does it rock less in the big waves of the ocean?

16 comments:

Kcalpesh said...

I agree with you. The colors are truly brilliant gives a good idea about the freshness in the morning. The colors are stunning!

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Vogon Poet said...

I rarely see an anchored ship, that chain looks pretty in traction!
Do you mean the bulbous bow?

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic colors !! This is an amazing shot !!Unseen Rajasthan

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful light and great photo. Thanks for sharing.

Birdman said...

Ah, those wonderful Oregon hills in the background. Interesting shot!

Anonymous said...

ummm..those aren't wonderful little Oregon hills in the background, they're wonderful little Washington hills

Anonymous said...

the bulb on the bow is a ballast tank...they can pump water in or out depending on sea conditions....when bucking into heavy seas with a light cargo load flooding the bulb makes for smoother ride when the ship is light in it's cargo load

Linnea W said...

Great lighting and colors in this one...what a massive ship. I'd love to travel on one of those across the Pacific Ocean!

Marie Höglund said...

Lovely color and light you captured in this shot!

Rob said...

Brilliant! The colors are smashing.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

This is a truly superb shot. The colors are so rich. Like the reflection of the sun.

Jacob said...

The lighting here is what makes the photo for sure...well, the colors help a bit. ;-)

I have no idea about the prow. I've even wrinkled my brow and entered a state of deep thought, and the only thing I could think of was that you are probably right about rocking in the ocean.

Hope you're having fun!

Don and Krise said...

That one spot of brilliant light just grabs the eye. Good timing!

Lee Spangler said...

beautiful lighting and thought-provoking questions. It looks so peaceful, but imagine what it must be like in rough weather.

Regina said...

Beautiful shot!

Midnight Mike said...

Anonymous may be partly right about the bulbous bows, but here is what Wikipedia says,"The bulb modifies the way the water flows around the hull, reducing drag and thus increasing speed, range, fuel efficiency, and stability. Large ships with bulbous bows generally have a 12 to 15 percent better fuel efficiency than similar vessels without them.

Bulbous bows have been found to be most effective under the following conditions:

* when used on hulls with waterline lengths of more than about 15 m (50 ft)
* when used on long, narrow hulls
* when used at speeds close to the vessel's maximum speed

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