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Winter Solstice 2021

Winter solstice is one date I pay attention to, and yesterday demanded an undivided portion of it.  I was out on the sixth and primordial boro at sunrise, although when it rose, a gauzy film of stratus filtered the light.  I tinkered with the image a bit to enhance the cosmic eeriness. Along the Brooklyn […]

Winter Solstice 2020

Thanks to Skip Mildrum, here are some photos most appropriate for this day.  It’s dark and overcast, but lights in the port and on the boats brighten up the night.  Winter began, I’m told, at 0502 this morning. Early sunset or late sunrise, it doesn’t really matter . . . since the daylight will be […]

First Tugboats Winter 2019

in the sixth boro and visible from my location . . . and that I saw.  Those are all the qualifications I need to make to that title.  That’s yesterday’s dawn in the background at 0817, light has just begun to allow clear photos, and I’m on Staten Island looking toward Brooklyn.  Name that tug? […]

Inside an Elevating Tug and More

My most recent Professional Mariner published article can be read here. Today’s post presents some outtakes and more from the article process.  When you look at the tug below, or its earlier iteration, you might not expect it has this elevating ability.  You’ve seen it here in a winter solstice post from nine years ago. […]

Bright Lights 7

Today’s post goes up at the theoretical sunrise on the shortest day of the year in the sixth boro;  the solstice is here, and I’m grateful the days can’t get any shorter this year.  It’s 58 degrees (!!) but blustery, rainy right now, so there won’t be an observable sunrise.  Now we start moving back […]

12 Lights b

The answer to the question in part a of this series is  . . .   Faro San Giorgio Maggiore, “faro” meaning “light.”  And today, the winter solstice, with only 9 hours and 15 minutes of daylight in the sixth boro,  has to be the best time to do another post about lighthouses. Before we get […]

1963 Lightship

What better vessel to post about on the winter solstice than a lightship.  Here, here, and here are some previous ones. This particular lightship I saw east of Rotterdam in May 2014. It’s not particularly old, so I hope it’ll be a reminder in dark times into the distant future. Here’s part of the story. […]

Spring Fishing 2020

It’s the sheer diversity of traffic on the sixth boro that keeps me coming back, although diverse does not mean unpredictable.  In summer, mermaids gather, specifically around the very day of the solstice.  In winter, fishing boats come .    In fall, the fishing boats are of a different sort. Chele-C was fishing on the west […]

Sea Fox

What to post for the first morning after the solstice? How about a Fox, a Sea Fox out there every day.  The other day I followed them under the B-M-W bridges over the East River.  Actually, that would be W-M-B bridges in this case . . . Williamsburg Bridge above, Manhattan Bridge below, and   […]

Road Fotos 35

This post quite directly follows on 14 in this series, from two years ago.  Just fotos today, all taken since the winter solstice.  Call this where roads go and where they end. Before you leave . . . sign out. All fotos by Will Van Dorp.