Monday, January 12, 2009

MyWorld Tuesday

It's been pretty cold in Hamburg for a while now and even the Elbe is freezing over, that's a rare occurrence. The port is still pretty much navigable, but upstream icebreakers are already needed.
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The shore is full of ice washed up during the high tide. In the background, a container ship is towed into the port.

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Another container ship being loaded, you can see the ice on the water in the foreground. The water looks weird when it moves, viscous like honey. I had read about this, but never seen the effect myself.

While I was taking pictures, the ferry arrived and we decided to take it. It goes to Finkenwerder across the Elbe and back, taking about 45 minutes - it's always a nice trip and this time it was special. A cloudless sky, the moon almost full and very bright, the ice scraping the hull of the ship. The cold wind on our face and the lights of the busy port aglow in the dark.
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15 comments:

Wren said...

Great photos and narrative. The night scenes and description of the water are very evocative, with an mystical feel to them.

Babooshka said...

It is so spooky at night, a world away from day times jobs like these. Interesting to see at this time,

ewok1993 said...

Nice to take this tour with you with all the glowing lights.

fishing guy said...

Jennife: That does look like you are fighting the cold weather.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Hamburg is very pretty on a cloudless night. Now I need to look at a map to see exactly where Hamburg is!

antigoni said...

Great post and photos.

Larry D said...

Nice photos!

Guy D said...

Fantastic night shots, I enjoyed touring your blog, I am very impressed.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Arija said...

Last night I saw a web-cam picture of Hambur and you had snow on the ground.

Reader Wil said...

Well that was a nice trip in the harbour of Hamburg! Thank you for sharing!

lmerie said...

Thank you for the tour - loved the lights in the night and the story. That shot from the ferry - fun!

soulbrush said...

wonderful pics, but looks chilly.

mountain.mama said...

Cold on the water is even colder, but the pictures are beautiful. Thank you.

And...rodent rescue? Awesome.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I really like these. There's just something almost magical about night lights on the water.

Tammie Lee said...

These night images are wonderful.
I posted a flower this weekend and you asked me to let you know what it is when I found out: Water Smartweed (Polygonum Amphibium).

Best to you,
Tammie