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Tug "Guard"

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 22 February 2011 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

I had another pair of images up for today and tomorrow - but it snowed here over the weekend - so a couple of changes.

It snows on our higher peaks once or twice just about every year. What was odd in this case is that the snow stuck around all day. Usually by noon - it is gone. Pictured here is Mount Tamalpias in Marin County. At 2574 feet (784 meters) it is the closest mountain to San Francisco.

In a direct line - the East Peak is 14.2 miles from my office door. By road this 14 miles requires 24 miles of driving and it takes 54 minutes to navigate the winding roads.

Just after I set my tripod - this new Crowley Maritime tug - "Guard" came into view. I was a dispatcher for this company when I was young and thinner. They were a poorly run company back then and after seven-and-a-half years with them - I was happy to move on. It is good to see that they are investing in some new equipment.

We are supposed to get another snow storm this Friday and they are forecasting a chance that it will snow all the way down to sea level. The last time that happened was 1976.

Tomorrow - east to Mount Diablo

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Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

So very beautiful with the lovely colors Stephen...a fabulous picture!!

22 Feb 2011 5:10am

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

Oh my, the snow came down to ground level. It was at about 2,000 feet down here. I was up in San Jose today and saw Mt Hamilton had a pretty good coating. Have I mentioned I HATE cold weather???!!!

22 Feb 2011 6:12am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

lovely tug boat, great backdrop

22 Feb 2011 6:21am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I used to enjoy watching the tugboats at work on the Tyne here, but shipping is not quite so busy these days and we no longer build ships on the river (just some repair work and most of the dry docks have gone too), so I can enjoy a bit of nostalgia with this shot.
I'm hoping you get that heavy snowfall, it will be almost something quite new for you and give you all sorts of photo opportunities.

22 Feb 2011 9:47am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful blue tones !

22 Feb 2011 10:39am

pete from Australia

nice pic and an interesting read...

22 Feb 2011 10:57am

guillaume from Paris, France

Great shot ! Love the tones as well !

22 Feb 2011 1:57pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Great shot of "Mt Tam" and all the snow. I was not aware that Friday's foecast was so frigid...I will be sure to watch for that!. We life 3000 miles away but stil call Northern California "home"...AS for Crowley, when I worked in Seattle at Pier 91, we dealt with Crowley quite a bit - this was back in the Alaska Pipeline construction days...they weere pretty good then but I know, things change. I used to work for the big B tyoo, as you may recall...I do have a checkered past for sure! I love the water color here, Stephen - it is a beautiful color and the roughness - I am glad you kept that here..really cool shot sir...can't wait to see Diablo!!

22 Feb 2011 2:44pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great timing to catch this tug in view - love the contrast in colours between the red and these lovely ocean shore blues.

22 Feb 2011 3:00pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

great composition...good strong colours and contrasts.

22 Feb 2011 7:49pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

very appealing blue tones in this handsome scene! what good luck the tug came when it did - it certainly adds to the general image!

22 Feb 2011 8:29pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

It actually snows in San Francisco? Who knew? It snowed here over the weekend too. :)
I love the tone of the background in this.

23 Feb 2011 2:49am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like the contrast here

23 Feb 2011 9:53am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This is a beautifully photographed view, Stephen. Love that dusting of snow.
So much so, that I posted a glimpse of it on Mt. Diablo for Wednesday and Thursday's post.
We have to grab our sightings while we have them..... :-)

24 Feb 2011 8:15am