Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Water Water Everywhere



It's time for another edition of Sepia Scenes.

Last week I mentioned the Cumberland River and while posting my entry for the week I thought, "I've always lived by water!"

Mayberry sits on the Muddy Kentucky River, well not actually on the river, but it is about 10 minutes away down a very windy road that descends into the Palisades, the magnificent walls of million year old limestone cliffs and dripping springs that turn into huge daggers of frozen ice cycles during the winter and gently deposits you on the floor of the verdant banks of the Kentucky.

Then it was the confluence of the Three Rivers in Ft. Wayne, the St Mary, the St Joseph and the Maumee. We lived very close to the Maumee which had the most magnificent River walk! I once got into hot water with the locals referring to the Rivers as Creeks (actually pronounced "cricks" in Kentucky)!

In Memphis it is the Mighty Mississippi and in Louisville (and when we did a short stint in Cincinnati) it is the Ohio.

Now those are Rivers!

The scene I photographed some time ago is a tug that sits on the Louisville side of the Ohio, seemingly abandoned and in need of a paint job.

The sepia tone would do the job nicely.

18 comments:

Deb said...

You are right, great for sepia tone! I like that you got good and close to the subject.

Annie said...

I thought for sure this was a very old photo (early 20C). You fooled me. You did a terrific job of aging your picture well into the past.

maryt/theteach said...

alphawoman, I too have always lived by the water - the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean! Happy Sepia Scenes! :)

Kahshe Cottager said...

What an excellent job you did of this photo. I was caught right up in your posting too!

ewok1993 said...

You are so lucky to be around teh river all your life. Great capture.

James said...

Perfect for sepia. Great job!

NicoleB said...

Oh, this has such a great Oldtime feel to it.
Wouldn't you love to walk around on that boat and take some closeups :D

Carletta said...

I love the old peeling patina of the boat!
Great subject matter for sepia!

Chris said...

Do you have the original in color or was this taken in sepia? This picture is PERFECT for selective color (show the rust and color on the boat, but black and white everything else).

PJ said...

I looked at the enlargement and it looks like an old newspaper clipping. Pretty cool effect.

Tricia said...

Fantastic sepia shot & great subject for a sepia photo!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sepia adds to the charm of this photo.

Ralph said...

This picture looks as if we are witnessing an original steamboat in its heyday. And I mean a true steamer, no diesel engines, this looks like Mark Twain traveled, or is currently traveling downriver to the Crescent City...

*debbi* said...

All of the rivers I've lived on--the Salt in Phoenix and the Santa Cruz in Tucson--have been dammed (some would say damned) to provide water to our dry state. The only time these dry riverbeds are filled with water is during heavy summer thunderstorms. I once read a joke about an Arizonan looking at the Mississippi and his host said, 'So what do you think of our mighty river?' To which the desert rat replied, 'Well, I don't know. There's so much water I can't see it.' I envy you.
Great photo. I bet that tug has some stories to tell.

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

Terrific photograph...a perfect subject for the sepia toning. I've lived most of my life near an ocean. I find that I almost get a little claustrophobic if I am someplace that doesn't have a river or big body of water near by.

Thanks for coming by to visit. I like your blog.

Melli said...

I love those rivers... and I LOVE those river boats! I wish I had ALWAYS lived on the water! Mmmm... I do live NEAR it - very near the Chesapeake Bay... but that's not quite the same as ON it...

kaye said...

what a great shot, I'm from out west where we don't have rivers. Whenever I've traveled back east I've been in awe of all the water just sitting around. Out here we call them "cricks" too.

Danielle said...

Awesome in sepia! It looks so old I love it!