Lens-Artists #141 GEOMETRY

Boats, yo.

Who doesn’t love tugs? We ALL love tugs. This shot from January 24th, 2018 of the working tug, Kaitlin Olma, on the Apalachicola Florida river walk is all lines, rectangles and circles that keep my eye moving around the image of a much adored subject. Word, before I die I’d love to tour, no, ride a tug.

Actually, if you visit Apalach, just hang out by the river walk and you will see a fair steady stream of ocean going working ships from tugs to shrimpers to fishing boats to oyster boats (Well, not oyster boats, not anymore. That’s another story.) as well as a slow parade of a wide variety of pleasure craft. Vessels pull up, tie off then the crew head 3-4 blocks straight up the street to provision at the Piggly Wiggly. I love a working port.

So, if you find yourself in the forgotten coast, grab a cup of coffee, or a cup of beer from Oyster City Brewing Company (No, not kidding, you can walk around downtown with an open cup. Honey Brown Ale made with Tupelo Honey is a favorite but all are good.), and hang out, enjoying the sunshine to see what you will see on the Apalachicola River.

Kaitlin Olma on the river walk:

Here is a close up in black and white that shows the geometric shapes more clearly.

As a preteen/teen one of my favorite old movies was Tug Boat Annie. Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery are two of my favorite character actors from the 30’s Depression and both starred in the first Tugboat Annie movie that came out in 1933. It is available on Youtube but I will likely buy the CD and put it right next to Captain Courageous, Master and Commander, and the 1998 Horatio Hornblower series (Ioann Gruffodd before the Fantastic Four).

Watch on youtube:


Who knew there was a sequel?! Look at Alan Hale, Father of Alan Hale Jr., the Skipper from Gilligan’s Island! What?! Ronald REAGAN too?! Marie Dressler is not in this one. She died. It happens.

Here is the inspiration for the Tug Boat Annie series of stories, movies and Canadian TV show. The stories were set in the mythical port of Seacoma (A blend of Seattle/Tacoma) after WWI. All versions were partially shot in Seattle. Bonus for you Seattle fans. I should have listed this first as it gives the background on the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSKu2-P0QfI

Tugboats remain vital to world economy. Today’s news: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/watch-heartwarming-cheers-and-honks-from-tugboat-crews-as-the-ever-given-ship-is-finally-freed-in-the-suez-canal/ar-BB1f5c0C

#Lens-Artists: #141 Geometry

Published by dunelight


14 thoughts on “Lens-Artists #141 GEOMETRY

  1. I have not seen a tugboat but I love working ports too, I visited one by invitation of a grumpy fisherman. I didn’t take photos because it was so dense… so packed, and everybody was working hard, not sure if because it was the end of the day. Thank you, Kim, it is a nice tugboat : )

      1. I love going up to Duck Lake. One of my passtimes is ‘guerilla gardening’, basically returning native wildflowers to open areas. After a summer of Covid restrictions I was beyond relieved to go up there and strew seeds and plant younguns.

        My degree is in music. I made extra money painting opera sets in college. I worked some years in Music Theater before the first brain surgery made that life difficult. I still enjoy opera. It is…a wee bit beyond my pocketbook.

        I’ll scroll down to look for the tug boat!

  2. You are absolutely right, we all love tugs. A long time ago a had an office in Hamburg and every day I had a lunch break in a park watching the tugs going in and out and manoeuvring the big container ships into their positions. Now we live at the open sea, no tugs 😦
    Great photographs! 👍 👍
    Thanks for sharing.
    All the best. Happy Easter
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

      1. Your blog is set up oddly…you only had the option of following by giving you my email. I don’t follow that way. I prefer the feed. 🙂

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