Saturday, October 31, 2009

Two good boats made for one fine day

It was a good day for chasing towboats. First, the AEP Mariner was in the area. For a long time, I've wanted to shoot a boat pushing 15 loads of coal upbound past Huntington WV. I have several boats doing that downbound, but today was the first time I could do it with a boat going up the river. Three things made it less than ideal, however. The light was low because of the clouds and the time of year. The foliage on the river bank was not what I wanted. And the river was not mirror smooth. But I'm keeping it, anyway.

Adam and I also shot it going under the East End bridge. We took it from a different location than usual so we could get a better -- at least, a different -- picture.

And we saw the Linda Reed in the area. Curious, Crounse sends the Linda Reed up this way maybe once a month, but never the Janis R. Brewer.

This evening, Adam and I checked boat locations, and we saw the Buckeye State is headed up this way. We have no way of knowing if it's going to pass Huntington or turn before it gets here, but we'll follow it. Adam is peeved that he has not seen the Buckeye State or the AEP Leader yet. Maybe we can scratch one peeve off his list.