Weekly Photo Challenge: “Scale” Kayak in Context of River

SCALE: can make feeling in harmony with the river…

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feel a bit overwhelming at times…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: “Scale

My first entry was from Macro scale perspective: The Smaller Visitors that Come to Call

16 comments

  1. Oh my gosh! This scale really hit home with me. I am so afraid that we will watch giant cargo ships like this pass by our front doors if the Nicaraguan Canal is ever built. Scary thoughts. I’ll probably be the one in the kayak shooing them away. lol Great interpretation of scale.

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    1. Agreed! When that ship entered near our river space, I did the instinctive “mother hen” routine to look and take a count of our group… when I got to Jeff… where’s Jeff??? … OH>>>>>> what is he doing out there!!!!??? Funny now, but similar thoughts raced through my mind, Tina. There’s no way that ship had any clue he was there.

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    1. Yikes Patrick! That’s hard to believe! The container ships and oil tankers that we see are impressive in size, but I suppose the fact they are navigating inland by river could be a limiting factor. In any event… kayakers become a speck on the water next to those vessels. The kayaker in the photo series is my neighbor who is new to kayaking. He actuarially received a lengthy “talking to” when we all reached shore at the end of the day. This particular ship was running empty and slow so the wake was not particularly overwhelming. That is not always the case so it’s better not to mess with the big-boys!!!
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      A while later…
      My husband and I were inspired by your comment, and just finished an Internet look at ship sizes. YES- there are some big ones for sure.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Container_ship
      Thanks for the comment… we learned something new today 😉

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      1. I was wondering about the close approach to the aft of the ship in a kayak. You answered my question…inexperience. I use to Sea-Doo with friends and my dog loved to ride along. When Sadie was not onboard I would jump the waked of the tugs on the Snake and Columbia rivers. Once I took on a wake and landed in the trough. Needless to say, the Sea-Doo stopped and I did not. I’m sure the two deck is hands on the back of the tug had a good laugh.

        Now that I’m older, and wiser, kayaking looks like it would be very enjoyable.

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        1. Patrick, dare I say that having a jet-skier convert to a kayaker is music to my ears! You will have a totally different sensual experience of the water and environ in a kayak. The opportunity for others to laugh, however, still exists… when exiting a kayak, paying attention to center of balance is a must… or over she goes!
          Jane

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          1. Jane, Thanks for the advice. I use to have a 14 foot aluminum boat for fishing and a 16 foot canoe so I expect the experience to be very similar. Being out on the water is a very relaxing experience minus ski boats and such. Patrick

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