When asked what is my favorite spot for boatwatching, I'd have to give the answer of it depends. If I want shots of the Westcott along with shots of the ships, I'd have to say Riverside Park. If I want nice closeups of the ships, I'd have to say the Soo Locks (plus I'm close to other things). If I want a clean shot of just the ship, I'd have to go with the eastern end of Belle Isle.
From there, you are looking straight into Lake St. Clair and generally it provides a nice clean background for the ships. They also come in at a nice angle, so you get an almost profile shot.
At any rate, making another quick appearance on this blog is the John G. Munson. When we last left her, she was up at the Soo Locks and became the second ship to pass through the locks for the shipping season. I'm going to guess that she's been busy since leaving the Locks but I'm not sure.
As I said in my similar post with the American Spirit, one of these days I would love to try to follow a ship from here to the Soo Locks or something.
One of the things I don't like about this spot on Belle Isle is that it seems like the ship takes forever to get to you but once it does, it is gone in a flash.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I realize that I took pictures of this lighthouse not too long ago but I like the lighthouse and I was on this end of the island, so.....
The ship that I thought I would be seeing from Riverside Park was the Herbert C. Jackson. She has made an appearance on this blog in the past so I'm not going to go in to her history.
It was a pretty windy night tonight as well. I almost thought that Poseiden was going to demand another Michigan hat. Fortunately for me he didn't.
Tonight brought me to Riverside Park for the first time since the opening of the Great Lakes Shipping Season. I was hoping to see at least one ship from there.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
It is not often that I see a ship again. This time it happened to work out that I would see the American Spirit on the Detroit River yesterday. I took yesterday off in the hopes that I would get to some boatwatching. Instead I spent it doing laundry and recovering from the weekend. When I looked at ais.boatnerd.com, I saw that most of the ships had passed by but then I saw that the American Spirit was coming downbound.
And the ship almost passes out of view. Despite the short time of boatwatching, it was pretty cool to see a ship that I saw on Lake Superior on the day before. Now I know that it takes approximately 30 hours for a ship to get from Whitefish Bay to Detroit (or vice versa approximately). This lends itself to another project I'd like to try where I get pictures of ships at different points on the Lakes.
I meant to post this earlier in the series but since it is a picture of me and not by me, I figure this is okay.
Well this isn't my last view of the Bridge as I'm sure I'll be up there again at some point in the future. Hopefully I will go up there for Engineer's Day at the Soo Locks if not sooner. At any rate, this is the last view for this particular trip.
You would think after taking pictures of the Tahquamenon Falls each month for a year, I would be tired of seeing them. But how can one get tired of seeing these Falls? I mean they are in a beautiful setting and just after winter melt is the time to see them because they are at their peak.