Monday, March 23, 2009

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #30 -- Things That Float

My post today for Carly's photo shoot #30, sponsored by her blog Ellipsis, focuses mainly on boats, since they have been a pretty big part of my life. I have loved them since I was a little girl and my grandfather took me to see them along the seawall in Stockton, California. That is my memory, anyway -- which puzzles me because Stockton is inland a ways. Perhaps there are canals that go inland. I should look it up, no? LOL!

Anyway, my first picture is of my late husband Steve and the Lin Wa II, a glass-bottomed boat we took a trip on during a vacation in Hawaii in 1992. It was quite fascinating to see the fish and underwater plants as the diver pointed them out down below.

We were crazy about boating, and owned the following sailboat for quite a few years. It was our favorite place to be on weekends and even sometimes during the week. We had it moored at Astoria, Oregon. I sold it following Steve's passing.

I still like to go out to the Oregon coast when I can and get pictures of boats. Here is a fishing boat coming in at Newport, Oregon, into the Yaquina Bay Harbor.

I have stayed in Astoria, too, on the river, and got a picture of this container ship and other boats from my motel room window. There is generally quite a lot of traffic on the Columbia River at this spot.

As far as the Extra Credit goes, with Carly wanting to see seasonal shots: Some of the boating activity may be seasonal, as there are times in the winter when the boats can't go out due to storms. The commercial activity I photographed above took place in the spring and the fall.

To answer Carly's question about whether, if I got an offer to be a photographer for Playboy or a similar magazine, I would accept it, the answer is a resounding "NO!!"

To see links from last week's EMPS as well as this week's, listed in the comments, go to Carly's blog via the link in the first sentence. There are always interesting blog entries to look at!


Jama said...

Cool shots of the boats here! I've yet to post mine, still looking for suitable photos .

Terri said...

Wonderful variety of boats! Love Yaquina Bay. (I'm in Portland.)

Carly said...

Hi Suzanne :)

The boats are beautiful! I have always wanted one of my own, but it's a very expensive prospect, at least here in California. Sigh. Someday perhaps. Lovely, lovely photographs as always. It's so funny, you know just yesterday I found a beautiful post card you sent me a while back, it had the marina at Astoria on it. It made me smile as it does now. Thanks for that.

Hugs, Carly

Your EG Tour Guide said...

You're going to laugh...but I never even thought of "boat." And you found a nice variety of them too. ;-)

Karen said...

HI! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your great comments! So encouraging for me. I just picked up my camera again after a long long break! The boat photos are spectacular! Living on the Hudson River, I am a huge boat fanatic myself, especially of sail boats paddle boats and sloops! Great shots!!!

Wammy said...

All are nice shots. My favorite is the one witht he bridge in the distant background. Lots to see in each shot.

Mike said...

Nice boats. I especially like the photo of the boat coming into port with the bridge in the background.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Great variety of boats:)