The "boat" (as opposed to "ship") is Astoria's own Arrow 2, the Columbia River Pilot vessel. She may look like "Little Toot", but this is a very task-oriented craft. Very little wasted movement, and occasionally some astonishingly balletic moves when traffic is heavy.
With all of the fun of holiday travel (and not travel) and intermittent power outages over the last several days, I didn't really get a chance to get anything updated when I'd hoped to.
Christmas morning began with a pre-dawn deluge of snow that didn't let up until close to noon. I've lived in lots of places, and some where a white Christmas might even have been a reasonable expectation, but I think this is the first time that I've actually gone through snowfall on the actual morning.
I was supposed to be in Portland for the holiday, but with the valley under a sheet of ice, travel was not a smart idea. So, I went for a long walk from my own place instead.
The ships are pretty average, the river relatively calm, but the heavy dusting on the trees and hills on the Washington side of the river made for some unusual (for this area) shots.
I live on the edge of the Columbia River, a few miles upstream from the Pacific. I miss my hometown of Portland, but at the same time, I love this little community, and especially my space within it.
I'm a native Oregonian brought up in the shadow of the likes of Wayne Morse, Tom McCall and Mark Hatfield... people who led with character and conviction, not by giving themselves a brand.
A "serious amateur" photographer for more than 30 years, I'm seldom found without at least one camera within reach.
It pains me to have to state the obvious and clutter up the room, but you are NOT authorized to copy or use any of the images or text here without my permission. Really.