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Comments (13)

not1word on April 11, 2009

Well that's pretty cool. Neat shot, Bits. What does the big green one haul?

Bits-n-Pieces on April 12, 2009

Thanks, not1word - and therein lies a tale! It's just unloaded its cargo of natural gas. It's quite a parade when it comes into town full - Police helicopters circling overhead, coast guard escorts. I used to park my car in the lot where you can see cars at the far right in this. I don't know if they still do it, but then police would line the parking lot, and you were not allowed to stay there and watch the ship come in.

What I like about this shot is the range of the boats in such a narrow harbor. Along with the ones in this shot, off camera to my right was a nice tall ship from Norrel's home country, the Stad Amsterdam

Marbiz on April 13, 2009

Nice contrasts B-n-P, the little red sailing boat on the dock(?) and the big green monster on the water.

kamalyn on April 13, 2009

Thanks marbiz ! The red boat is up on blocks on land. It's actually sort of an ad (I'm drawing a blank on a better term right now) for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/2009 a 'round the world race that started last October. The teams should be arriving here in the next few weeks for the stop over before crossing the Atlantic.

Gee, I'd just thought the green and blue and the different types of boats in one shot was interesting. Funny to realize the stories behind each of the boats.

And before you all point it out, I know, I'm butting in and speaking out of turn here. But I only just realized that, and don't feel like having to re-type and re-link this!

Cal Kimola Brown on April 13, 2009

The big green one reminds me of pistachio ice cream. What a strange colour for a freighter.

not1word on April 13, 2009

Now that you've given us the story, I do recognize the green color as the one that they use for gas lines. I didn't realize that they'd paint the entire ship that same color. Thanks for filling us in.

Norrel on April 14, 2009

Pistacchio! That's what I thought as well, Cal! A cargo load full of pistacchio ice cream!

There is a lot of information I like in the comments above: Amsterdam is the capital of my country, I drive a Volvo, and it's fuel is gas. Wow, my whole life in one picture! How did you know, Bits?

kamalyn on April 14, 2009

LOL, it's very safe to say that a freighter full of pistachio ice-cream would never be allowed to sail out of the harbor in Boston! Though it might still need the full military escort to be sure it made it safely to its intended destination on the way in! There would be quite a flotilla of rabid ice cream fans swarming the ship otherwise LOL.

someGuyinmasset on April 14, 2009

Real neat shot Bits, now where have I seen that sailboat?

Bits-n-Pieces on April 14, 2009

Thanks Guy! Good memory - I believe you saw it somewhere over the rainbow :) So looks like the leprechauns took over the big boat - maybe that explains the color!

diannemcd on April 14, 2009

Great photo, love the green tanker and all else in photo, but it is great to get such a history/story around the photo that you have taken. Guy doesnt miss a trick. Great photo Bits. Dianne

Bits-n-Pieces on April 15, 2009

Hi Dianne - Thanks!

Bits-n-Pieces on April 19, 2009

Hey Bruce - well you should have a great time! sounds like rather a whirlwind tour - hope you can spend some time. And oooops - I better get out there and capture some good photos before you get here and take them home with you! (I doubt you'll be at a loss for things to do and see, but one thing you don't see too much in CA I assume: Tall Ships are in Boston July 4 week-end.)

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  • Uploaded on April 11, 2009
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    by Bits-n-Pieces
    • Taken on 2009/04/09 14:02:42
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 130.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
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