PWC on Glass – A Summertime Morning

Miles and miles of smooth calm water – it’s a beautiful thing! 7/17/17, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey.

As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

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Wildflower – 7/20/17

Late afternoon on the 48th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, peace and tranquility abound along the local Rail Trail in Forked River, N.J.

¬†“Tranquility Base here… the Eagle has landed!”

As usual, click on the image for a closer look, find some spider webs, and ponder that this was taken with an i-phone! Thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

 

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7:00 AM – The Beach, July 10, 2017

 

Island Beach State Park, New Jersey

Thanks for viewing. ¬†Comments are always welcome. ¬†M ūüôā

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¬†Snowy White Egrets – This Morning’s Mini Post

A few quick images from this morning on Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

6:31 AM, muted sunshine. “Here I come. Fishies, look out!!!”


Thirty seconds later…”Walking along, my merry way… Doo de doo!”

 

6:54 AM, clouds over sun. “This is my ‘stalking’ pose…reeaddy to POUNCE!!!”


 Five seconds later… “Yahheeiahhh!” 

 

As usual, thanks for viewing, Comments are demanded…sorry, I mean always welcomed. Click on images for closer view. M ūüôā

 

 

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America’s Cup 2017 – How The Wealthy Play

Coinciding with our vacation to Bermuda last week, was the America’s Cup Yacht Preliminaries.

As seen from the bow of our cruise ship, Norwegian Breakaway,¬†the America’s Cup Village is seen just behind Celebrity¬†Summit, in Bermuda’s Great Sound.

Over the preceding months and many locations, preliminary races determined the ultimate “challenger” to the current “defender” (USA’s “Oracle.”) Above, ¬†New Zealand’s “Emirates” (in contest with Great Britain’s “Land Rover”) takes the lead with Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in the background, and has now¬†earned¬†that challenger¬†privilege.

The boats have evolved over 147 years, from more conventional sailing yachts, to highly refined and sophisticated racing platforms, now utilizing hydrofoils to significantly reduce drag and increase speed.

Rules prohibit any energy sources other than the sea, air and human input. The helmsman, (see image above) who is ultimately responsible for navigation and articulation of control surfaces under race conditions, must continuously evaluate and decide when and where to guide the boat and how to do it. His hands are on a multi-remote laced steering wheel. Also, as the boat’s direction and roll-attitude changes, the entire crew will run across to the opposite (upper) pontoon to man duplicate stations. ¬†Great theater!¬†

Just after winning this heat over Land Rover, Emirates is seen here coming down off the foils. The boats often exceed 44 knots (50 mph) in racing.

Although all the 50′ catamarans ¬†are essencially the same, teams have¬†virtually¬†unlimited options as to trimming and power usage, including navigating savvy, and human endurance. ¬†For example, Emirates utilizes bicycle-like human power stations, while Oracle uses the more traditional hand cranked “grinders.” ¬†The science of these vessels and the methods employed are awesome, details of which can be found here¬†.¬† ¬† ¬†

As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

 

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On The Road to Tobacco Bay, Bermuda


Last week, we cruised to Bermuda from NYC on the 145,000 gross ton Norwegian Breakaway. Day six of this family vacation brought us to St. George via the ferry  and a short walk to Tobacco Bay, on the far north shore for swimming, snorkling and exploring, 

As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

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Buffalo, Paris, and Chimney Pots.

Twenty four years ago I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express on Chippewa and Main in Buffalo, NY,  and was intrigued by the adjoining roof top of an early 20th century two-story building, rimmed with tens of classic chimney pots. 

Years later while in¬†France, the view from the Eiffel Tower¬†brought those chimney pots to mind…

Just for perspective because I like the image, here is a view¬†from the top-level of the Eiffel Tower on¬†September 25, 2012. I wonder how many of these “pots” would be within this view!¬†

As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

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