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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: August 11, 2017, 7:46 pm 
This is for those of you going through stormy times in your life, to give you hope and encouragement. Blessings, Bookworm/Dawn


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File comment: Threatening skies gave way to torrential rains. When it was over, I headed to the lake and waited...and waited...and waited for a rainbow. There was a faint one, but too faint to photograph.
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File comment: So, I started home and looked back to see this stunning rainbow. Had to quickly find a good vantage, but did. The camera never records what I see as far as colors go.
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: August 9, 2017, 12:20 pm 
Recently realized it is as far for me to drive from here to Port Huron (5 hours) as it was to drive to Port Huron from my former home in Ohio!
Needless to say, I really appreciate the photos posted by those fortunate to have the up-close-and-personal experiences with ships. I really miss that.
Another challenge for me is not having a camera with the old-fashioned view finder. Trying to spot something on the horizon with a viewing screen -- which is reflecting back my frustrated expression -- is a royal pain!
But, this morning I followed Olive L. Moore and barge Lewis J. Kuber from Harrisville State Park to the AuSable Harbor and hope you enjoy the photos. Couldn't ID the vessel in the last pic though.


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File comment: Sorta looks like a ghost ship.
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File comment: Forty-five minutes later. A bit closer and clearer.
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File comment: Anyone recognize this? Not on AIS.
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Unread postPosted: July 23, 2017, 6:52 pm 
A wicked storm blew through this afternoon, and once it passed, I went out looking for a rainbow. But instead of a rainbow, these two vessels crossed my camera lens.


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File comment: Sharon M and barge, down-bound to Bay City
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File comment: Looked like they were on a chase, but a few minutes later, they stopped still, north of the Oscoda Marina.
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Unread postPosted: July 3, 2017, 7:03 pm 
Sunny and warm on the "mitten" today. Perfect weather to get this shot of Alpena down-bound to Bay City.


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Unread postPosted: June 18, 2017, 9:05 pm 
As I monitored Marine Traffic AIS this afternoon, I became aware of Algosteel's track as she rounded the "Thumb," up-bound. She was angling more to the NW than is usual, and I had hopes of seeing her on the horizon. Well, I got my wish -- although she was still a bit far out for a crisp shot.


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File comment: Destination says, Bruce Mine
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File comment: The cloud formations, in every direction, were so fascinating to watch!
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File comment: Over the Oscoda pier.
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: June 16, 2017, 10:36 am 
Boat56 wrote:
Where at were you when you took the photo? I seen it as well passing Oscoda this morning.

On the Oscoda boardwalk.


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Unread postPosted: June 16, 2017, 6:43 am 
Where at were you when you took the photo? I seen it as well passing Oscoda this morning.


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Unread postPosted: June 16, 2017, 5:56 am 
Soft morning light and Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder up-bound to Stoneport. What a way to start the day! Watched her (down-bound) and Olive Moore (up-bound) meet and pass two nights ago.
Great way to end the day, too!


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Unread postPosted: June 14, 2017, 8:06 pm 
Late afternoon found tug Zeus with barge Deegan up-bound from the Saginaw Bay to Ludington. Strangely, although I could see Zeus, there was quite a distance between her and Deegan, and I couldn't get both in a photo.


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Unread postPosted: June 7, 2017, 6:22 pm 
Really love it when ships -- usually coming to or leaving Saginaw/Essexville -- come this close to land.


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File comment: American Integrity up-bound to Duluth (Duluth Shipping News Schedule) on a warm June evening.
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Unread postPosted: June 5, 2017, 4:08 pm 
Here's my view (aided with zoom) of Michipicoten as she headed down the lake to Saginaw this afternoon.


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Unread postPosted: June 2, 2017, 6:47 am 
Nothing like checking AIS first thing in the morning and discovering a passing ship is within camera range. That's how my day started.


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File comment: Small details add flavor to the experience. In this case, it was textures in the clouds and the sun casting shadows of the boardwalk railing onto the wood flooring.
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File comment: Great Republic as seen from shore
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File comment: Zoom view from the boardwalk. She's headed to Stoneport.
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 Post subject: Re: What to my wondering eyes..
Unread postPosted: May 27, 2017, 10:23 am 
A beautiful morning. AIS showed Olive Moore and American Mariner down-bound to Saginaw Bay, so I made a quick change of plans and headed to the lake. Unfortunately, an off-shore fog obscured them, but I could hear their fog horns!
Thinking the fog might not be as thick further south, I drove on to East Tawas/Tawas and waited for them to appear, but it didn't happen. So, I went on to Alabaster and photographed the historical Alabaster loading platform there.


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File comment: A brief history of the Alabaster gypsum facility.
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File comment: Before it closed, ships tied up to the 600' dock to take on gypsum, from the local quarry.
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Unread postPosted: May 19, 2017, 6:37 pm 
Got lucky this afternoon. While waiting for Walter J. McCarthy, up-bound from Essexville to Duluth-Superior, Samuel deChamplain was down-bound to Essexville. Wind-whipped water made for a nice composition but that cold, strong wind was a real challenge for me to be able to stand still, focus, and snap the shutter. Getting sharp images just didn't happen, no matter how many shots I took!


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File comment: According to Marine Traffic, the wind was blowing at 20 knots as McCarthy pushed against it and the chop.
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File comment: Champlain had a nice tail-wind.
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 Post subject: Re: bookworm
Unread postPosted: May 16, 2017, 4:00 pm 
bvboatnerd wrote:
I haven't been follow boatnerd that much lately, but just wanted to say I always enjoyed you photos, and that my prayers and thoughts are with you and your son. You have a beautiful area like Alpena to be in and knowing God, He will help you and your son thought this time in your life. God Bless you and your son.

Thank you BV. He was given two months to live but at six weeks he remains physically strong and mentally alert. The excruciating abdominal pain (tumor pressing against a vital organ) saps his energy. We still believe in miracles and appreciate the outpouring of support.


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