Photos of and comments about (mostly) sights and sites along the Columbia River and the vessels plying it. There will, no doubt, be occasional hints of wood aluminum and fibreglass...
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Bouys, a boat and a bulker
And, I might add, an ever-present bridge.
Some calm between storms in the new year.
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.
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.