Being Watched


Some time ago we had rented a small boat near Little Hickory Island, south of Fort Myers, Florida. These two Pelicans remained perched, even though we were slowly approaching, giving me an opportunity for this image. I particularly like the sharpness of the nearer bird’s head, as he peacefully scrutinized our passing.

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Moody Morning at Buoy 34

Buoy 34, marking Oyster Creek Channel towards Barnegat Inlet, N.J. 
     Not a black and white photo.
 Just a color-less morning a few days ago.

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The Piermont Pier

 

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†About four weeks ago, in one of our last ventures before the Corvid-19 Pandemic, we visited the little town of Piermont, New York …on the Hudson River, and explored its 182 year old rock and earthen pier, which by 1851 served as a loading and unloading track bed for Erie¬†Railroad¬†trains picking up steamboat passengers from Lower Manhattan,¬†twenty-five¬†miles to the¬†South. ¬†On the then longest rail line in the world, vacationers would travel 450 miles (724 km) to Dunkirk, NY and the shores of ¬†Lake Erie. ¬† Some hundred years later, long after the excursions were outmoded,¬†tens of thousands of WW II troops would depart from this same mile long pier to ferries, and transfer onto troop ships in NY Harbor. Sadly, thousands would literally leave their last footsteps on U.S. soil right here. A monument¬†nearby is solemnly named “Last Stop, USA.”

The Piermont Pier is located about two miles (3.2 km)south of the new Mario Cuomo Bridge, jutting out a little less than one mile (1.61 km) into the Hudson River.
The old steamship/ferry slip from years ago is seen above, ¬†…to the left.
Above: Today, the pier is a commercial, residential, and hiking park.
Remnants of the steamship/ferry docks can still be seen in this 2/23/20 view looking south. New York City would be just beyond Tallman Mountain to the right.
Above: A bollard, used for securing heavy lines, is seen here near the end of the pier, looking south.
Above: The trestle part of the new bridge, carrying the New York State Thruway, is about two miles (3.2 km) to the North; and Hook Mountain, overlooking the Hudson, is seen beyond.
Above: The striking new Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge; and two miles (3.2 km) further, Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse off Tarrytown, NY seen to the left of center span.
Taken some years ago while boating on the Hudson, Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, also know as Tarrytown Lighthouse or Kingsland Point Lighthouse, was “installed” in 1883.

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And a special note: BE WELL, …and please use best judgement practices as we “navigate” through these un-precedented difficult times. ¬† ¬†M

I’d like to thank the Piermont Historical Society¬†for their added information concerning this topic, and Wikipedia. I am a proud contributer/donator to both sources.

 

 

 

Island Beach State Park, Early Morning

Yesterday, July 2nd, I crossed Barnegat Bay at sunrise to the boater’s access path on New Jersey’s “Island Beach State Park,” enjoying an early morning walk at the edge of the Atlantic.


The last two images display nicely under higher zoom.

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9 1/2 Minutes at Sea – Ambrose Channel Sunrise

Before the summer memories fade away, here are a few more images from our vacation to Bermuda, – approaching New York Harbor – and as seen from the Norwegian Breakaway’s upper deck, June, 2017.

                 Images taken between 5:25 and 5:39 AM, 6/10/17


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America’s Cup 2017 – How The Wealthy Play

Coinciding with our vacation to Bermuda last week, was the America’s Cup Yacht Preliminaries.

As seen from the bow of our cruise ship, Norwegian Breakaway,¬†the America’s Cup Village is seen just behind Celebrity¬†Summit, in Bermuda’s Great Sound.
Over the preceding months and many locations, preliminary races determined the ultimate “challenger” to the current “defender” (USA’s “Oracle.”) Above, ¬†New Zealand’s “Emirates” (in contest with Great Britain’s “Land Rover”) takes the lead with Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in the background, and has now¬†earned¬†that challenger¬†privilege.
The boats have evolved over 147 years, from more conventional sailing yachts, to highly refined and sophisticated racing platforms, now utilizing hydrofoils to significantly reduce drag and increase speed.
Rules prohibit any energy sources other than the sea, air and human input. The helmsman, (see image above) who is ultimately responsible for navigation and articulation of control surfaces under race conditions, must continuously evaluate and decide when and where to guide the boat and how to do it. His hands are on a multi-remote laced steering wheel. Also, as the boat’s direction and roll-attitude changes, the entire crew will run across to the opposite (upper) pontoon to man duplicate stations. ¬†Great theater!¬†
Just after winning this heat over Land Rover, Emirates is seen here coming down off the foils. The boats often exceed 44 knots (50 mph) in racing.

Although all the 50′ catamarans ¬†are essencially the same, teams have¬†virtually¬†unlimited options as to trimming and power usage, including navigating savvy, and human endurance. ¬†For example, Emirates utilizes bicycle-like human power stations, while Oracle uses the more traditional hand cranked “grinders.” ¬†The science of these vessels and the methods employed are awesome, details of which can be found here¬†.¬† ¬† ¬†

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