Sunday, May 31, 2009

Valvoline at Catlettsburg KY

My son had a pool party in Ceredo WV today, meaning I had two peaceful hours along the river. I spent most of it at Virginia Point Park at Kenova WV. The park is where the Big Sandy River empties into the Ohio River. Usually, you see a lot of activity, but whether it was a Sunday or the recession or whatever, no much was going on.

Downriver, I did see a Marathon Petroleum towboat, so I drove over to Catlettsburg KY to take a look at it. It was one of my favorites, the Valvoline.

The boat itself looked okay, but when I enlarged the photo, I noticed the reflection of the barges in the pilothouse window. Take a look.

On second thought, that doesn't work so well at this size. Never mind.

Heat shimmer

I was standing under the trestle leading to the Norfolk Southern bridge over the Ohio River at Kenova WV today, getting pictures of the repeating patters of steel members. I was kind of disappointed that I hadn't seen a train go over while I was there, but then I heard a train coming from the West Virginia side. I was able to get this shot from below. When I looked at an enlarged version on my computer when I got home, I noticed there is some heat shimmer visible above the locomotive.

Canada goslings

Adam and I went to Harris Riverfront Park yesterday to look for juvenile Canada geese. We saw three. I was disappointed that they were not smaller, but c'est la vie. When they left the boat ramp, we noticed the three juveniles stuck with one adult.

A church with a view

I think this is the Defender United Methodist Church of Bradrick OH, right between Chesapeake and Proctorville OH and across from the Highlawn neighborhood of Huntington WV. It has a great view of the Ohio River, and the Ohio River as a great view of it.