Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Taken over the summer. This is the replica HMS Bounty used in the film. She was docked at the 17th St. Pier in Astoria for a few days. I almost wish the bridge wasn't in the background, but if you've ever been here before, it certainly helps identify the place!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Busy Evening

Almost calm, near sunset. Not typical, but not unusual, either. Ships stacked in the anchorage abreast the breakwater and upstream with outbound traffic. How better to describe ideal ship-watching conditions?

The Shangor was letting out extra anchor chain, and the rattle was loud enough to make an observer on the East Basin breakwater flinch.

Sea lions barking in the background, gulls fighting in the fore... ships sitting idle, slipping chain, heading to sea... pilot boat scurrying to and fro, sun slinking slowly over Young's Bay.

Autumn in Astoria.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I glanced out the window this morning and thought "That's the same type of rigging that was on the ship in the moonset picture from last year."

I didn't think a lot more about it until I just heard Joanne Rideout mention that the Sammi Crystal was in the anchorage today.

Sure enough, same ship. I checked the date on the photo file from last year and found that it was just shy of a year ago that I shot that moonset over her.

This morning was gray, foggy and cool. A year ago it was clear and cold. Very clear... the structure just to the right of the intersection of the anchor chain and the bridge is the Cape Disappointment lighthouse, 13 miles distant. It's always there, of course, but it's usually obscured by haze, rain, fog or occasionally the sun's glare.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Howling Sunset

The Oriente Sky at anchor, Astoria. A little bit of everything here: bright sky, heavy wind chop and and incoming tide.
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Peacetime Games

Shot from the front porch. The Fir's home moorage is just a few hundred yards off her bow here, but the Jayhawk from Air Station Astoria has been hovering off the stern for several minutes. Shot August 11, 2008.
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Monday, September 15, 2008

As Nice as They Come


Just about as close as an unedited frame gets to what I saw at sunset tonight. Warm, almost tropical this evening!
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

More to come...

I shoot more than I know what to do with. I'm talking photographs, of course.

Since it's always THERE, the Columbia and its transient inhabitants are a recurring if not wholly intentional theme, and as I sorted images a few days ago, I thought it time to start displaying the variations of that theme.