Archive for the ‘Tugboats’ Category

…because I would give her this picture.


Six pictures 

Sturgeon Bay along the channel on a chilly gray Sunday afternoon.


 I came to take more tugboat shots, I was EAGER to take more tugboat shots…but my Muse kept circling me like a border collie, herding me toward the coiled ropes.


When I finally surrendered, I ended up with a series that I’m pretty happy with.

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Way to go, Muse!



Sometimes I have a theme going but don’t recognize it until I look at my assembled shots.

ice side tug sized

pirate tug sized

black and red sized

tires sized


This is a busy and festive week. Friday was Pi Day, Saturday the Ides of March, today–Sunday– is St Urho’s Day and tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day.  Your friend, Wabi Sabi, is reeling with festival fatigue.

The legend of St Urho was invented by American Finns on the Mesabi iron range of northern Minnesota and Michigan in the late ’50s.  The story says that Urho drove the grasshoppers out of Finland, thus saving the grape harvest (and, by extension, the wine!) How should we celebrate this miracle? Why, by drinking wine and wearing purple, of course!   St Urho’s Day is conveniently located the day BEFORE St Paddy’s Day…a good-natured attempt to steal some of that day’s thunder or maybe just a good excuse to get the party started a day early.

Found this heinäsirkka in my archives:



Hyvää Pyhän Urhon Päivä!

From Sunday’s visit to Sturgeon Bay. The first two shots are very similar, but cropped to give you some idea of the size of the tugs up against the freighters. The red and blue ship that they are working with is the Edgar B Speer.





This last shot is hard to present with a size restriction. Viewed at about 4×6, the impact is just lost. (It’s my picture and MY eyes don’t know where to rest.) It really needs to be viewed full-sized, so click on it if you can. Then, it makes sense.


  There is the deckhand and there is the expanse of ice. I don’t think the conflict has any weight unless you can see the “face” of each.