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Friday, January 8, 2010

Ships on cotton

Ships in Clouds on the Columbia River at Astoria I took this photo on Tuesday, January 5, from the corner of 7th Street and Franklin Avenue. What sruck me, of course, is how the ships seemed to be floating in a mass of cotton. The clouds had separated just enough to give us a view, but had left one good layer on the water's surface to enshroud the point where the ships connected with river.

What also strikes me when looking at the photo is that I don't know how to convey the breathtaking sensation we get when looking down from a height. I'll just have to tell you that this vista caught me off guard in a very pleasant way. I know that Karen will relate to this view, as it's just down the street from her old house. Karen, I really will post the house photo, but today I'm taking part in "Skywatch Friday." Everyone - for more images of the sky around the world, check out Skywatch Friday.

Orientation and links for those who love them: We're looking directly across downtown Astoria, facing up-river. The hilltop you see is in Washington. The gray spire on the waterline at the right is the radio tower. Pier 11 is just to the right of the evergreen tree on the left of the photo, and the Flavel House is behind the tree. The big red building in the center of the photo is this one, and just to the right with lots of windows is Baked Alaska, although the linked photo is taken from the other side of the building.

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9 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Ah what a lovely, strange, wonderful sight!

The Eejit said...

Are the ships very large, or is it just the mist which makes them seem so?

Thanks for the comment on my blog!

Jacob said...

This is almost eerie...those ships look suspended in a cloud...like something out of a fairy tale!

Amazing shot, Sheryl. And what a vista! I guess we are just gonna have to visit Astoria one of these days. The Pacific Northwest is one area we have neglected in our travels.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

This photo is absolutely breathtaking. I love yesterday's photo, too. However, many people have great sunrise/sunset photos. Rarely does a photo like today's come along!!!

Small City Scenes said...

I think I know what you mean about not being able to get across in a photo the height of something or the depth. It happens to me when I am in the mountains and look down and see how far down the trees go but when I take a picture---al I see are trees. No depth perception --the picture is only one dimension. Odd, huh. MB

Don and Krise said...

Having been to Astoria I understand somewhat. I agree, this is one of those photos where the conditions were just right. The buildings in the foreground pretty clear, then the ships looking as if they are suspended in the fog and mist. Really nice Sheryl.
Oh, I wanted to say you get and A+ for the orientation and links. You do that for us often and I think it's great to really give us a sense of where things are.

VP said...

A strange and beautiful images, with those ships floating between the sea and the sky without seeing any through the clouds. Great picture, I'm trying to imagine how do you feel seeing something unexpected like this...

Trillian said...

Looks really a sea of cotton...wonderful shot!

Lee Spangler said...

I remember watching fireworks from that spot one July many years ago. It is such a pleasant vantage point which you have captured in this pix

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