Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Busy Harbor

For all you ship lovers out there, selected photos for the last week:

I can't think of a better way to begin this post, than with a rainbow.  Click on any of the photos for a closer look.

This is the M/V Susitna, resting on a barge at a harbor berth.  Click on the image and you'll notice two mottled gray catamaran pontoons.  I highly recommend clicking on the link to read the fascinating story of the how and why this very high-tech, multi-purpose ship was conceived, designed and built.  It may, or may not be on its way to the Philippines, but that's a whole 'nother story.

In this photo, the many tie-down lines can be seen securing the Susitna to the barge.  Those catamaran pontoons are also much easier to see.  I'm guessing the color is the result of either mechanical, or chemical scraping to remove barnacles.

The Chinese freighter, Rui An Cheng heading for the harbor with a tug's assist.

From our perspective, it doesn't seem possible that this fairly large vessel will fit into the berth ahead of the Japanese training ship tied-up at berth-10.

As the tugs maneuver the ship closer, will this work?!

Despite our trepidation, harbor officials are never wrong.

Almost in there!  Another perfect operation for the tugs.  It's October 26th, and the ship is still here.  I wonder why it's here?  Fuel?  Groceries?  Liberty?  Waiting for an available berth to off-load?

The harbor has been busy lately, but how could I ever leave you without a sunset?  This interesting bunch of clouds made what might've been a fairly bland sunset into something special.  The openings in the clouds did a nice job of channeling the sun's rays upward.

It finally dipped below the clouds, so we were hoping to see the green flash.  Didn't happen, but there's always tomorrow!

And finally, an airliner made golden by the setting sun, about to touch down.  Aloha, friends!

Hope you all had a good day!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Potpouri For A Thousand

A few photos from Michele's trip, some from the last few days, and another great sunset today.

If you've ever been lucky enough to enjoy pizza in Napoli, Italy, this photo should trigger your salivary glands.  Michele discovered a newly opened restaurant in Chinatown called, Brick Fire Tavern, and tonight for dinner we were transported back to Pizzeria Brandi, birthplace of Pizza Margherita, back in 1889.  Click on the links to learn more about the finest, most delicious pizza on this planet.  The owners went to Napoli to learn how to make the dough and sauce and even went the extra step to import an Italian wood-fired oven.  There is one mistake in the story of the brick oven:  The temperature in the oven can reach a temperature as high as 900-degrees Fahrenheit, NOT 9,000.  The pizza in the photo is their Pizza Margherita.  The crust is heaven, the sauce perfect and they even pull their own fior di latte mozzarella cheese.  Too bad it isn't the famous and fabulous mozzarella di bufala, but that amazing product is a little tough to come by way out here.

A photo of Ira Keller Fountain Park.  This is a great public park across the street from the building we last occupied in Portland, Oregon.  This water feature is multi-tiered and hugely popular on hot summer days.  It's also popular with young folks who practice Parkour, jumping over things in urban settings.  Michele took this photo on her recent trip.

Another shot of the fountain.  Michele was quite proud of this photo. 

Interior of a new medical building in Portland.  Wow!

The newest bridge in Portland, Tilikum Crossing Bridge, opened in 2015.  It's used by trolley cars, light rail, buses and pedestrians and bicyclists only.  It was under construction back in 2012 and early 2013, and on my jogging route. 

I think this photo was taken when Michele was touring the Pittock Mansion, built in 1914 by one of Portland's most influential families.  Today, it's a museum with great views of the city and surrounding country.

Back to Honolulu.  This was the second of two military aircraft which departed the islands early this evening.  We don't see them here very often and the first one to takeoff used full afterburners.  The blue flames were quite spectacular as the jet flew past our perch.  Any guesses what the plane is?

Since the islands don't switch to daylight savings time, sunset is now just after six PM. 

Just after sunset.

What a sky!

A final sky view.

Hope you all have a good day tomorrow

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Mixed Bag

Photos taken over the past few days, while I've been working on the Doc's father's portrait:

About four times a week, Air New Zealand flies this brand new Boeing-787-9 aircraft to Honolulu, then back to Auckland.  The direct flight is over 4,300-miles and takes about nine hours.  Click on any of the photos for a closer look.  Nice paint job!

Have a nice trip home!  Aloha Oe.

Sunset, and the MS Westerdam, a Holland America cruise ship, maneuvers from her berth on the way to sea.

The top deck aft is crowded with passengers eager to enjoy the sunset.

They would not be disappointed with this show.

Along the starboard side, you can see the small boat about to receive the harbor pilot, responsible for ensuring Westerdam's safe passage out to sea.

With the harbor pilot aboard, the tiny craft heads for home.  Well Done!

A final shot of the fiery sunset.  I wonder if the Hawaiian Goddess, Pele, is responsible for this magnificent show in addition to her normal duties.

The sky show last night.

The half-moon last night.  It's called a "Waxing Gibbous", and tonight it will be 67.7% full.  I couldn't believe how sharp this photo turned out.  I used a two-second delay timer and that must've eliminated any shakes by the photographer! :)

The white dot is Venus and the red streak is an airplane passing by.  Toward the upper left and over toward the upper right, two stars can be seen.  The fabulous Bishop Museum, is also home to the J. Watumull Planetarium, which provides an on-line list of the visible celestial bodies for every month of the year.  We're incredibly lucky to be able to see so much of the night sky.

This is our view of the MS Amsterdam, along with two of her lifeboats.  Nice to know the company keeps up on safety/emergency training of the crew.

Here's a close-up of one of the lifeboats, with crewmembers going through their paces.  The harbor is a great place to train new crewmembers, or refresh seasoned hands.  Experience, science and technology have combined to create truly innovative and capable life-saving watercraft.

Now that we all feel safe, I'll sign-off.  Have a good day out there!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

One Spectacular Sunset

The title of this post says it all.  I'll let the photos do the talking:

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, 6:24 PM.

A few seconds later.

A panorama.

6:25 PM.

Later.

Caught an airliner just after takeoff.

6:29 PM.

6:35 PM.  Time to say goodnight.

Hope you all have an excellent tomorrow.