Sunday, April 22, 2018

A Brief Bit of Planewatching

After dropping off my friend, I decided to check FlightRadar because he lives near the airport.  I saw that I had a chance to catch the A350 coming in from Amsterdam.  When I got near the parking deck, I saw that she was about ready to land, so I continued on.  Then I saw I had a chance to catch a 757...
 But I got a 737 instead.  The 757 had already landed.
 The 737 was landing after a flight from Denver.
 One more shot of her.
 I was about ready to head out but I saw this plane approaching.  It had the tail tip lights of a DC-9 clone, so I couldn't pass it up.
 This particular MD-90 was arriving from Nashville.  If you look at her day, she's quite busy.
One more shot before heading home.

A Dolphin Flies By

As I was about ready to get in the car to return home, I heard the unmistakable sound of a helicopter approaching.
 I was able to switch lenses in just enough time to get this shot.  It is an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter belonging to the U.S. Coast Guard and I think it operates out of Selfridge Air National Guard base.
I'm not sure what it was looking for but it was in a hurry.

The Osogovo Loading

I saw there was a ship kind of behind the CSL St. Laurent.  I wanted to catch her so I headed over to Del Ray.
It was the Osogovo which belongs to Navigation Maritime Bulgare out of Bulgaria.  I assume she is loading wheat.

The CSL St. Laurent Getting Gas

While I was at Riverside Park, I got the opportunity to catch another ship.
 The CSL St Laurent was heading upbound but I guess she needed to get fuel, so she made a stop at the Imperial fuel dock in Sarnia.
 A shot of the Cuyahoga, CSL St. Laurent and Westcott.
One more shot of her before moving on.

The J.W. Westcott II in Action

One of the nice things about Riverside Park is the ability to catch the Westcott in action.
 She was back in action after spending the long winter at a marina somewhere.  As you can see, it was a little choppy today.  She is heading out to the Cuyahoga.
 And here she is returning from the Cuyahoga.
 Still a fair amount of chop.
And she is about to pass by.  unfortunately, I still had my big lens on the camera, so I couldn't get any other shots of her.

And the Caribou Isle

The next ship was a nice surprise.
 The next ship was the Caribou Isle which I assume is a Canadian buoy tender of some sort.  Well it is carrying buoys.
 The Caribou Isle is one of the Cove Isle buoy tender.
 She can help maintain lighthouse supplies, she is sometimes used in search and rescue, sometimes helps with pollution control and a can help in scientific studies.
 I think in this instance, she is going to help maintain aids to navigation.
 At any rate, she was pretty cool to look at.
One more shot before returning to the Cuyahoga.

Waking Up to the Cuyahoga

I was going to not do anything today but then I saw that the Cuyahoga would be passing Detroit this morning.  Since the Cuyahoga is one of the ships on the endangered list, I decided to get up and head down to Detroit to catch her.
 I started out at Milliken State Park because she was just rounding Belle Isle and coming into view.  But apparently there was a walleye tournament today and I didn't want all these boats in my shots.
 I took one more picture of her and decided to head to another park to catch her.
 I went over to Riverside Park, the boats were still there but for the most part they were behind the ship.
 The headshot.  I didn't realize that I could get a headshot here but the twists and turns in the river allow it.
 She continues on her way.
 A puff of smoke from her stack as she adjusts her speed.
 She is greeted by the Westcott.
And one more shot as she heads down to Toledo.