Monthly Archives: August 2012

Taking Flight

Good morning everyone. I just received my 300mm zoom back from the repair shop after it had experienced a total meltdown. There were several images that caught my eye yesterday that my lens managed to capture in some detail. Though as would tell you the camera didn’t see the image….the photographers eye saw the image. This photographer just happened to “spray and pray” in the intended direction. That said, I will stop apologizing.

The osprey taking flight created a series of cool images. The power in the osprey’s wings as they deeply pump to get Mr. and Mrs. Osprey off the nest is remarkable. Primary feathers at the wing tips carefully tuned to the birds needs in a matter of milliseconds. I did have my cameras set on rapid fire so these frames are literally taken in milliseconds.
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Birds wings and sails are often compared. High pressure, low pressure, laminar air flow, blah, blah, blah. Sometime I would like to see a schooner flap its sails to get going from the anchorage. Now that would be cool. Give me another 20 years and I will see what I can figure out.

The other image that caught my eye was this small yacht using its tender as a yawl boat. I am sure this arrangement proves especially pleasing to those trying to simplify and create more space below decks. Haul the engine out of a small yacht and space is created for more of life’s true necessities. When packed carefully and kept free of engine residue bilges make great wine cellars. Or perhaps this cruising couple were improvising in the face of mechanical failure and taking flight the old fashioned way, schooner style.
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Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Working the Tide along the Maine Coast

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Good morning everyone. We had the rare opportunity to see the T/V Sate of Maine from the Maine Maritime Academy at Castine, Maine returning to her home berth this morning. She came in on the last of the ebb tide giving the pilot a little bit of a current on the bow with which to help slow the vessel down.maine windjammers see all kinds of work boats along the Maine coast
Handling a large vessel in such a tight stream can’t be easy. There were three tugs standing by for the pilot who was up on the bridge calling the shots as the ship came into the Bagaduce River. We switched the radio channel on the VHF to listen in on the pilot’s succinct requests: “Taurus, come 90 and ahead easy”, “Fort Point back down 1/4″, Taurus, ahead 1/2”, “Pentagoet, standby amidships to push to the dock.” All commands echoed by the tug captains who have worked with these pilots on numerous occasions. Like a well choreographed dance these folks know each other, their vessels and the tricky currents that sometimes play a big factor in bringing a ship alongside in tight places, never taking anything for granted.

Notice the clammers working the mud flats in the fore ground. They work the tides as well. The flats must have just re-opened. We saw folks clamming out to Isle Au Haut yesterday morning at low tide. This is back breaking work. I love fried clams and appreciate the back muscles that make these delicacies possible on my dinner plate.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.