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Monday, November 30, 2009

Leaving home backwards

The Steadfast leaves port This morning the Coast Guard cutter Steadfast left its dock at 17th Street by the Maritime Museum, headed for the ocean. I'm not sure why it does the following, since the river is so wide here, but it backs up from the dock for a about a block (to just outside my office), turns in the water pretty much in place, then heads downriver toward the ocean. I don't know why it doesn't just travel in an arc, but maybe someone can tell me. I've seen other boats do this, too, such as the Sea Bird (National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions' tour boat), a crane barge, and others. I wonder if it has something to do with the current here, but it's hard to believe that would matter.

I thought the fog and low clouds made a pretty scene this morning. It looks like snow, but there is none. We may have snow this year, but it will be rare. We've had more than usual the past couple of years. Other years we have none.

9 comments:

Jacob said...

I absolutely love the moody, misty aspect of this photo! It's wonderful. This is one you could frame and hang for sure! And that touch of red sets it off perfectly.

Good job, Sheryl!

moorebloglife said...

Gorgeous Sheryl the fog really sets the tone for this, I love it!

Don and Krise said...

I whole heartedly agree. Wonderful foggy misty shot here Sheryl.

Sorry, but I'm absolutely no help on your question though.

Small City Scenes said...

Excellent picture. Water, ships, fog--what else ya got--always a good shot.
I wonder if it is the 'draw' or 'drag' on the ship? Find out--OK?? MB

~Cheryl said...

Hi! I came here via Florida Fotos, and wowzers! You have a great blog on a city I have only been able to briefly explore a few times. I'll start making my list of "must sees" for the next time our travels take us to Astoria! Thanks!

Vogon Poet said...

Lovely misty view of the boats in the river.

cieldequimper said...

Ah, I took things backwards, I should have looked at this post before the other one!

Sueso said...

Lovely shot...especially love the water...

Sueso said...

Nah, I love the whole thing, the Maritime Museum, the red buoy...all wonderful.

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