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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Three Ships Converge

Astoria, Oregon ~ January 21, 2011

The other day it happened again. I've seen this before. I glanced out my window to notice three ships about to converge. The orange ship in the center is anchored. The one on the left is heading to the right, and the one on the right is heading to the left. They passed each other - not quite all lined up in the center of my view - and then the swells from their movement came crashing onto the shore. The swells are not large, but I can often tell from hearing them that at least one ship has passed or that the pilot boat has gone out or come back in. The river ranges from almost completely calm as in this day's rain and low tide to waves that pound constantly when the wind is blowing.

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5 comments:

Cathy said...

I just want to say that I really enjoy your photos. They make my day so many times. I live in Wyoming but have traveled to Astoria several times...the first time in 2004. What a beautiful, friendly, restful town. We stayed in the Holiday Inn Express and would spend hours just watching the ships coming in under the bridge. Hug Point (I think that's the name) was a fun little beach where my husband and I would go to just veg out and walk in the water. In 2006 we walked down the boardwalk to enjoy the 4th of July fireworks near the Maritime Museum. I love Astoria and the surrounding areas.

tapirgal said...

Cathy, thank you! Your timing was perfect! I've been thinking of taking more pix over by the Holiday Inn Express. It's a great location.

Jacob said...

A serendipitous photograph...don't you love it when everything comes together like this...and it's such a cool moody picture...those ships are like ghosts slithering quietly by in the fog, and the only evidence of their passing is the washing of the waves over the pylons...

In other words, I kinda like this shot! :-)

Hey, you asked about B Squared. I know nothing more. But do you know what happened to Hilda from Manila...she just up and disappeared, too. I've left a couple of notes on her blog asking if she was OK, but haven't heard anything...

Woody said...

This is really neat! I think just the tower on a foggy/cloudy day would also be great.

VP said...

I guess the ships move quite differently in a wide river, I rarely see boats maneuvering like this!

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