Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The salmon weather vane on the upstairs railing appears very small in this photo, but you can see it in this post.
I want to thank you all for visiting and commenting. It's been an exceptionally busy week for me in my business, and I do expect to get around and visit you in your own towns and cities more this weekend. Speaking of which, have a good one :)
Friday, January 29, 2010
Our bufflehead ducks are not very tame, and although you can see them on the river often, they keep out of range, and take off when I try to get a good close-up.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This moss-and-lichen-covered beam hanging out over the river shows a bit of what happens in a wet climate. Astoria gets between 70 and 90 inches of rain in a typical year.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I'd intended to photograph this guy many times (I see him often), but the thing is, you have to turn right at the traffic circle instead of my usual left, and then purposely come back the other way and stop on the side road behind the traffic circle in order to reach him. So, while he's in plain sight, he's out of the way for stopping. I've always put it off for another day or for a day when the sky was better (whatever that might mean). In this case it was raining slightly, but it seems the old Indian was quite photogenic in the rain.
The plaque reads:
Dedicated December 1987
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
We've been alternating between rain (sometimes downpours) and cloudy blue skies. This morning started with dense fog, and by afternoon there was blue above. These beautiful puffy clouds aren't as typical here as heavy gray ones, and I thought it made a nice shot from the end of the 14th Street pier. The hills are on the Washington side of the river. Tomorrow I have something quite different for you. It will be recognized by those who know Astoria and by many who have passed this way.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Here's some more gray-day Astoria architecture - on 14th Street, I believe. Isn't the trim wonderful? I think I could take a photo of every building in town and find something unique and interesting about it. That would be a project, wouldn't it?
Somebody won a lot of trophies. I don't know the story.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
This diagonally-facing storefront on the corner of 7th Street and Duane Avenue used to be Oregon Glass or something like that. It's been vacant for at least several years. The reflected building on the right is the County Courthouse, and on the left is "The Goonies' Jail." I like the blue on the chipped wood panel of the boarded-up door.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I should have measured the links of this chain in the port docks, but I didn't. Suffice it to say, they are big!
I'll be sure to measure them next time. In the background are the masts of the Lady Washington. This photo and this one were also taken in the port docks.
Friday, January 22, 2010
It was obviously a beautiful day when U.S. Navy ship 200 came cruising past Astoria. I seem to mention whether the day was beautiful a lot right now, because so many of the days are filled with rain. They have their own beauty and tricks of the light, but here we have more than a little sun break, and those are welcome.
You can see the ladder hanging from the deck of "200" down to the pilot boat. If you click on the image, you can also see that the small red spot with the yellow on top is a person contemplating the ladder. You can also see how amazingly complex the parts are on the Navy ship. It's fascinating to see.
This is at the extent of my optical zoom. It brings the ship and also the Washington coast right up close. I know this ship must have a name, and not just a number, but I don't know where to look for the name; if someone can help me out, please do. In the process of trying to find it online (which I didn't), I found a web page telling what the different classes of Navy ship were named for in WWII and now.
. . . and there she goes.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Look carefully, there's a clue! This is actually two buildings. The tall part is Clementine's Bed and Breakfast. Both buildings are on Exchange Street between 8th and 9th.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
As seen from this vantage point, it's other mouths one has in mind besides that of the river. It looks like an idyllic day. The weather can be changeable and a storm or shower come along at any time, but at the moment all looks balmy and bright.
We're in the river here, facing the spot where the Columbia pours into the Pacific Ocean. The bit of land to the left is the spit near South Jetty. On the right is the very picturesque Cape Disappointment in Washington, which I havn't shown yet.
The fishing boat is approaching Hammond, which you reach from Astoria by crossing Young's Bay Bridge and turning right.
The fish? Salmon.
Hood Photo Blog came to Astoria. We didn't meet, but she posted a pic of our beautiful city on her blog today. Check it out!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
This window of the Wet Dog Cafe reflects the red Pier 11 building along with other buildings on 11th Street. The door you see is on 11th Street. Another entrance and the deck eating area are on the River Walk. I showed the top of the building in this post last December.
Monday, January 18, 2010
The radio tower broadcasts five stations, transmitted through the building where I'm standing to take the photo. These are the kind folks who feature Astoria, Oregon, Daily Photo on one of their station web sites, KKEE 1230.
When I became such a night owl, I don't know (possibly when I started blogging), but I was grateful to be up early on January 10th, and I made a New Year's Resolution to see dawn much more often. Like most good New Year's Resolutions, this one is already broken, but fortunately there are many more days in the year ahead.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
For those who want to see more Astoria, I'm slowly updating my personal blog chronologically (or sometimes randomly), backdating the posts. Some days I post a lot of Astoria pix, and today was one of them. The post date is August 7, 2001. I took quite a few photos along the waterfront, including some places that have been rebuilt or repainted and look very different now.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
There are a few things going on in this photo. Seeing the big ships come past like this makes the pulse quicken for sure. They come very near the riverbank here at the Cannery Pier Hotel before they pass beneath the big bridge and angle further toward the center of the river. The hotel is on the right, and I'll have pix of that another day. The crumbling structure you see here looks like an abandoned dock, but it's a bit more than that. The lighting was too poor to show it well, so I will save that for another day, too. It's pretty interesting to see a whole structure that once appeared to be blocks of solid ground just falling away into the river with light and water underneath it.
As you can see, the green buoy is tilted downriver, "current"ly leaning the way that the water flows, but it's not the flow of the river that determines which way the buoy leans, it's the tide. When the tide is flooding, you can see the buoys leaning upriver, against the current.
You may have to click on the photo to see the next thing. It is just to the left 0ut of sight in this picture. It's a field of old pilings where net-drying sheds used to stand in the middle of the river in the old days of horse seining - one of the colorful bits of Astoria's history.
The hills you see are in Washington.
I want to thank all of you who have visited my blogs and commented recently. I hope to make the rounds again this weekend. It's been a complex week in business and has taken most of my time. I look forward to surfing the CDP sites in a more relaxed way in the next couple of days. See you there!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Which do you like better, old (this one) or new?
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I received e-mail about yesterday's post from Karen Schultz, who grew up in that neighborhood. I thought the amusing story and the history would be a wonderful addition to this blog so, with her permission, I've added it to the text. Go ahead and check it out! I'll have more stories from Karen in upcoming editions. I was going to post one today, but the sun rose and I coudn't resist today's colorful image.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Here you also get to see another of Astoria's many, many unusual houses. I never get tired of looking at the unique ways that pieces can be assembled to build the four walls and trimmings. And once again, is there a house in town that hasn't had to adapt to a hillside? It's definitely part of Astoria's charm.
Back to Santa. It seems he may have forgotten to head for home, or else he got lost, but . . .
Oh, I could go on and on. That is what is so wonderful about your pictures; they bring back so many memories. I hadn't thought of Fritz in years. At one time, he also owned most of Svenson Island. Barb went to Star of the Sea too, was younger than I by a couple years. Her dad, Art, managed Safeway for a long time. Barb married a classmate, Jerry Zorich, who was mayor of Long Beach at one time. She died of cancer a couple years ago.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Imagine that. It's something we get a lot of here on the North Coast. It gives us our beautiful rainforests, of which I intend to post more this year. I like the sun, too, but rain, rain, and more rain is what creates our unique and always-interesting ecological niche. I don't mind it. Growing up in a dry climate, I would savor every storm. I've passed that intense fascination after living here for more than 8 years, but I still love the rain. Let it come. I took this photo at the base of the radio tower at 15th Street and the River Walk. That's Englund Marine's old building on the right. I don't get tired of looking at that, either. It's very picturesque.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
As many of us are making Resolutions, you're beginning an amazing adventure in physical space as well as intellectual, emotional, spiritual. You'll be going by plane rather than by ship. And yet, may your anchor be a safety net, and not a tether; may there always be a warming glow at the center of your world; may the horizons await and the sky be limitless. Have a safe journey and an expansive experience. I wish you smooth sailing, now and always.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Although the sunrise is from November 24, 2005, the wishes are always current. May we have colors, brightness, hope, and love going into 2010. I remember the way I felt on the morning I took this photo from a window on Harrison Street. I wish those feelings for all of us today and throughout the coming year.
Friday, January 1, 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR, FELLOW BLOGGERS AND FRIENDS!
What can I say? The colors and effects of weather and light on the river are breathtaking and ever-changing. I never get tired of looking when the river is in one of these moods. You may have to enlarge this one to get the full effect.
This was originally going be my post for January 2, until I realized that the City Daily Photo Theme Day was "Changes." My original January 1 photo will post tomorrow.