Israel Hands

Here Comes The Night

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After 20 years of living on the edge of Penobscot Bay, we haven't run out of new places to anchor for the night, within 20 miles of home. 

 

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@Kris Cringle Looks like you'll have to go back to the top of the list and start over. ;)

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From last month's wanderings.

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Annette Inlet, looking towards Ganges Harbour.

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Downtown Nanaimo from the Newcastle Island anchorage.

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Sailing back after a Wednesday night race.

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Sunrise today

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3 hours ago, Cruisin Loser said:

Sunrise today

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This is the wrong thread, but beauty pic.

 

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10 hours ago, Cruisin Loser said:

Sunrise today

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My wife that worked at a school for photography for several years reminds me, "All the instructors roll their eyes at sunset pics from the students". The message being, sunsets, lots of light, plenty of time with a camera in one hand a sundowner in the other,  are easy? 

 

On the other hand, daybreak shots are tough! Low light for starters, high speed exposure that are grainy and slow shutter speed that is hard to hold,...Plus, there's little to no warning when the light is best, it's usually over when you realize you missed it. Plus, you have to get out of bed like you're going duck hunting. 

 

With that let's switch to here comes the dawn. 4:52 am a few weeks ago. I think I was a few seconds late.

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I got up early one morning and noticed the light. I guess bait has been in short supply, so some lobster boats poked around looking for some before heading out of their day. I was trying to get the running lights. 

It's hard to do on an iPhone. 

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Well... I have not seen the sea in 10 months.... but you can see the reflection of a dam in this shot... mid lower right...

And what makes it truly noteworthy... a contrail!!!

First one in weeks and I live under what was the 2nd busiest air corridor in the  world (Melb/Syd/Melb)... 50,000 flights a year...

This is a Melb/Bris contrail..

Sorry about the quality but the ones out of Roswell of rare sightings aren't that flash either..

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The smoke from the PNW wildfires crawled in here a few days ago, and it provided some really nice sunsets.

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Then it got thicker. And thicker. We came home early because you couldn't see anything and the temperature dropped 10° C.

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Sunset over East Cape, New Zealand, January 2004.

 

Last land for the next 42 days...

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My last boat, taken from a smartphone as most pictures are nowadays. 

Hard to beat the natural beauty of the natural backdrop on a summer night here in Seattle.

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Just past Oyster Bay on the way to Northport, inside Huntington  Bay and then at the mooring. 
 

It was a bit swelly the next day as you can tell by the clouds...

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It’s 8:10 pm, Saturday evening on the coast of Maine.

Dinner is done(for just one tonight, easy), the dishes are put away. 

I have a recommendation: 

Birch, well dried and with some bark still on to dazzle the cabin with light, is a very good hardwood for a small fireplace on an old boat.

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Damn you.  :)

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OK, I am calling out Kris Cringle as a low down, filthy liar.  There is no way he has a boat that nice in such an incredible location.  He is just an internet troll.

 

Of course, should I be proven wrong, by, I don't know, sailing around with him for the rest of the fall, I would be happy to tender the most abject apology.

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He's no liar but he is a horrible troll, making the rest of us feel totally inadequate in our choice of boats, our maintenance habits and our sailing venues. ;)

@Kris Cringle I'm comin' for you, buddy.  July '21.

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On 9/17/2020 at 1:07 AM, Russell Brown said:

Where to and what route?

Puerto Montt, composite great circle.... mainly in mid 40's....

Sorry, just noticed your post..

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18 hours ago, bgytr said:

this past Saturday, September in the Chesapeake.

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You go, dude. We can't let @Kris Cringle post all the good photos. The "switch" has flipped on the weather. It's clear, sunny, dry and cool. Magical sailing. It's our time.

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4 hours ago, Ajax said:

You go, dude. We can't let @Kris Cringle post all the good photos. The "switch" has flipped on the weather. It's clear, sunny, dry and cool. Magical sailing. It's our time.

September on the Bay is always too short.

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35 minutes ago, Israel Hands said:

A few weeks ago in our bay

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I'm just seeing a row of letters and stuff.

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Prior to the recent day of fog, we had this evening light courtesy of the Calilfornia wildfire smoke coming back in off the Pacific. It's been a very different year all round.

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Santorini, Greek Islands

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Crete, late afternoon.

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37 minutes ago, Ishmael said:

Prior to the recent day of fog, we had this evening light courtesy of the Calilfornia wildfire smoke coming back in off the Pacific. It's been a very different year all round.

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Is tha avatar a Pizza Margherita?

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4 minutes ago, Bull City said:

Is tha avatar a Pizza Margherita?

At this moment, yes. Good eye.

Or Google.

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More like here comes the rain, but looks like a lightning free night, been squall central last several days.

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Can't get tired of this!! They had 1 meter waves around the courner the other night at the main Ancorage.  The rain gods have been oh so kind painting away.

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Another free one sneeks by started out with the lighting and rain but this is ok..

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I was mountain biking with my daughter above Nederland, CO. 1/2 way through the ride the wind shifted and the forest fire smoke from the north resulted in the air quality going bad quickly so we cut the ride short. Here's a shot from the scenic route back to Boulder...with elk.

 

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My domain, some of the docks I'm responsible for. 

 

 

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Winter Harbour.  6-20-19

 

 

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Feeling warm now after a brisk afternoon. It was a good day.

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Woudsend, NL

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Great, now the sun's setting on this side of the mountains,:blink:

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3 hours ago, Kolibri said:

My work from home office for the next 2 weeks. 

 

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You suck.

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On 11/6/2020 at 11:27 PM, Kolibri said:

My work from home office for the next 2 weeks. 

 

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I officially envy you (in positive way)...

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My ship on the left in the dry dock in Portsmouth, VA. Then my boat. Wachapreague, VA

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On September 21, 2020 at 6:59 AM, Ajax said:

He's no liar but he is a horrible troll, making the rest of us feel totally inadequate in our choice of boats, our maintenance habits and our sailing venues. ;)

@Kris Cringle I'm comin' for you, buddy.  July '21.

What do you mean "us"?  

B)

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On 11/12/2020 at 7:44 PM, Cruisin Loser said:

What do you mean "us"?  

B)

My boat looks good in the lens from a distance but we shouldn't mix up and 'owner maintained' boat with a yard maintained yacht like CL's. Brooklin Boatyard is a place of artists, buildings for various tasks and their owners appreciate the service and quality they can get. 

 

My boat stores out doors under tarps and while I keep it looking pretty good, I can't achieve the same quality of yard maintained boats, I don't have the level of skill required and frankly, working outdoors limits what you can do. 

 

I've won one award. At a meet of Alden boats down at Mystic Seaport a few years ago, I won the coffee mug for "Best Owner Maintained Alden".

 

Sitting with my wife, she chuckled, "Aren't you the only owner maintained boat here?" That was true.

 

Great boats and their owners, DIY or Carte Blanche boatyard,  are wonderful to be around. We all have fun! 

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@Kris Cringle

I was just having a little fun with Ajax.

At the end of the day, we're sailing the same waters, on boats we love, and enjoying the beauty.

i don't have the option of self-maintaining. I either have a full service yard, or I can't sail. I could, I suppose, have a lower maintenance boat, but Restive speaks to me, just as Sparky did before her.

i love your photos. I'm too lazy and haven't the talent that you share. I love that I recognize so many of the places, the boats, the experience. I love Maine, and am an evangelist for sailing there. It is so much the antithesis of Newport, BI, Nantucket. I wish everyone had the time to see it as you see it. 

Beth and I see it much the same, but we don't have the same poetry of words and images to convey the sense of magic and wonder, so thank you.

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Ahhh, Maine. You can keep Newport and all that rich fancy stuff. I’d much rather meander Penobscot Bay and sail around Acadia

 

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Toms River looking toward Beachwood yesterday

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The other night off the back of the boat. Fall brings all sorts of colours, from super saturated to muted tones like this one. As I see the last of the migratory birds commence their journey south, I guess I’ve gotta face it. It’s that time again.

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The days are getting mighty short here and we still have a month to go until the solstice. We're at 9h57m right now, counting down to 9h42m.

I'm lucky to get home from work fast enough to take sunset photos.

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13 hours ago, Ajax said:

The days are getting mighty short here and we still have a month to go until the solstice. We're at 9h57m right now, counting down to 9h42m.

I'm lucky to get home from work fast enough to take sunset photos.

In our neck of the woods, we call this period "the tunnel."  Come January 1 I'm back to being an optimist.

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1 hour ago, Israel Hands said:

In our neck of the woods, we call this period "the tunnel."  Come January 1 I'm back to being an optimist.

I'm not so lucky. Come January 1 I am at best an El Toro. I blame it all on a 420.

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Taken from the Carlsten Fortress of Marstrand, Sweden, overlooking the Skagerrak and the archipelago.

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Oh, damn. The strength of my desire to experience Maine will overcome my self doubt about making the trip solo.

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3 hours ago, Ajax said:

Oh, damn. The strength of my desire to experience Maine will overcome my self doubt about making the trip solo.

Probably the hardest part of that journey would be casting the dock lines.

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The first club I ever joined and the club bar with one of the best views. 

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