The Rachele Brusco Tugs a Barge

in Wednesday Walk5 months ago

Last week I took a nice long walk along the Grays Harbor bay, on the edge of my hometown of Hoquiam, Wash.

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The tug Rachele Brusco was bringing a barge into port. I spotted her on the horizon and made my way down to the mudflat to watch her come in.

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As you can see, the tide was out. The tug was following the dredged channel and moving slowly, so I had plenty of time to move around and try to find the best shot.

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It was the perfect opportunity for a landscape photographer to practice some live action shots. Even as slow as the tug was moving, I found it challenging to find the right focal length and actually snap the photo when the tug was in the best alignment with the other, stationary, elements in the scene.

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I also had time to track some waterfowl and take an orientation shot of the loading dock immediately behind me.

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The tug slowly came on and curved around the channel into view.

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A pair of geese wheeled in and made themselves part of the scene.

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The clouds formed a spectacular ceiling and cast a gloomy mood.

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The tug didn't stop at the loading dock next to me. It chugged on, and I suspect, based on the look of the barge and what I've seen in the past, that it continued on to dock on the Chehalis River in neighboring Aberdeen, Wash.

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Leaving me alone on the shore.

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Love the images of the shore and mudflats, the clouds addign nice drama as you say
those tugboats always amaze me they look so small but are so powerful and tow or push such hage barges and ships

Thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :), I truly enjoy exploring the world virtually each Wednesday seeing walks from all around the globe and feeling I am there and experiencing it all myself, such as I did in your post just now :)

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

I remember watching the tug boats guiding barges on the Columbia River when I was growing up. I knew the names of most of the tug boats back then, but most of those names are gone from my memory now. I only recall the Tyee.

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