Saturday, October 12, 2019

1 down, 57 to go

Sometimes I let my photos marinate in my head for a few days before I decide which to sell and which to post on my free sites (here and my Ohio981 Faccebook page). I shot around 260 photos during the triple christening at Marathon Petroleum the other day, and I've narrowed that list down to about 58. Some of them are still repetitive, but I had to see how some images looked at slightly different angles or different exposures.

Here is one. It's smokestack of the M/V Mt. Vernon as seen from the M/V Kenova, with a Kenova stack blocking part of the view.

As I said, it will take me some time, probably on Sunday, to winnow this list down more. I'll probably put up some later next week in a series of several posts here, and I'll link those on the Facebook page. If you want to see higher-resolution versions of some of those photos, check out my Flickr page (Ohio981) later in the week.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Not in Kenova but on Kenova (Updated)

Marathon Petroleum christened three towboats today — the Mt Vernon, the Kenova and the Patoka.

All three were purchased from Florida Marine Transporters. I have a lot of notes to go through and a lot of photos to process for the Waterways Journal. I can tell you Marathon put on a pretty good party.

Tomorrow morning, I'll edit this post to include links to coverage from a local newspaper and a couple of TV stations that were there.

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Here are a couple of stories from the local media on the christening.

First, one from The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington.

Second, one from WOWK-TV of Charleston-Huntington.

I'll be writing my own story over the weekend to submit to the Waterways Journal.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Belle of Cincinnati

There's an unwritten rule among river photographers that states when the Belle of Cincinnati is in your area, you must endeavor to get at least one photo of it. So I did.

However, to comply with the spirit of the law, here's another one.

Seriously, as I watched the boat sail past me, I remembered I had been on it twice before. And both times I was paid to be there. It's the best way.

As I write this, I think I may have paid to be on like a one-hour or 90-minute cruise here in Huntington about ten years ago. It was a very good day.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

M/V Kyova

Today I caught it coming out of the Big Sandy toward the Ohio. These were taken from the West Virginia shore.

I believe it made the left turn to go up the Ohio once it reached the mouth, but I'm not sure.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

I didn't get his name

I shoot a lot of pictures: river scenes, family, nature, attempts at artsy stuff ... you know. I don't go through them all, and I post a number of them all over the place. Some I put here, some I put on my Ohio981 page on Facebook, some I put on my Flickr account, and some I just forget about.

Today while going through some pictures from this summer I found this one. I was up at the Robert C. Byrd Gallipolis Locks and Dam on July 4 when this fellow struck up a conversation with me.

I seem to remember he said he was from Portsmouth, which is about 75 miles down the river by highway. We talked about a lot of things there and here.

I didn't get his name, but he seemed to be having a good time fishing at a popular spot.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

M/V Brees

Three weeks old, and I just now started working on it.

Better late than never, I guess.

On second thought, I could have gotten the crop or the composition a bit better.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

It's starting to sprinkle

So we'll go home now ...

... if that's okay with you.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Late afternoon at Greenup

We were on an expedition looking for school buses. We had a little time, so we stopped at the public use area at the Greenup Locks and Dam and ...

One or two family reunions had broken up as people noticed it was almost half past 6. They said good-bye all the way to their cars and trucks.

While I was there, I had to get a shot of the Galveston Bay exiting the main lock upbound.

And if you were wondering, we did find some school buses.

It was a good evening.

Backup at Gallipolis, er, Robert C. Byrd

Yesterday I noticed that two tug-and-two combinations headed for Monaca were tied off to the West Virginia bank because of a backup at the Gallipolis Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, so in the evening I drove up hoping to get some photos without having to trespass on private property. These are what I got.

First, the Tristen and the Brittany Lynn. There often are utility lines in the way of good river photos, it seems.

And the Lady Loren and the Stephen L.

The Kentucky was in line to go up. I assume it was sitting here while helping another boat with its double cuts.

All five boats got through overnight, so they're headed toward Racine as of this writing.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Drift barge still there

Tuesday morning I went down to Harris Riverfront Park here in Huntington WV in part to see more action in removing several years worth of drift that had accumulated behind the Huntington police and fire boat house. There wasn't much activity if any at all, but I did get off a few snaps.

And in this one, I can say that at least I got the pigeons in focus.

Sometime I'll ask what happens to all that wood. My boys would love to have a bonfire with it, but we don't have a fire pit that big.