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The Tow
12-JAN-2010 Racine Erland

The Tow

Southern Vancouver Island

A tugboat, pulling a tow of logs, is such a common sight in the waters off Vancouver
Island that people seldom stop to look. This tug is pulling the logs to a mill for
processing. The smaller image below shows a second tug assisting with the tow.
They may be going to a mill on Vancouver Island or across the straits to somewhere
on the mainland. During the winter months weather is a major factor when towing
these rafts, get caught in a bad storm and the whole raft could be lost.

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Sheila22-Jan-2010 22:42
Great story telling in this shot!
Doug Cruden21-Jan-2010 08:38
A fantastic composition - there's a lovely graceful arc right across the frame, from the top of the mast, down through the boat and out across the logs...beautifully done Racine, and I do love the heat haze from the exhaust!!
borisalex21-Jan-2010 08:03
Great perspective and love the light in this one!
Mieke WA Minkjan21-Jan-2010 06:37
like the composition of the tugboat and the high horizon
Mary Terry21-Jan-2010 05:00
That doesn't look like an easy job. Great capture!
Walter O. Koenig21-Jan-2010 02:56
Great perspective of the boat and logs. I like the textures of the water and the blur caused by the smokestack.
Dawn B21-Jan-2010 02:47
Very nice classic image. The smoke from the tug adds nice detail!
Cindi Smith21-Jan-2010 02:31
I like it and how the heat from the smokestack puts a blur on the water. Great composition!
Jola Dziubinska21-Jan-2010 01:53
Another nice scene from your vast seas.
Available Light Images21-Jan-2010 01:08
Love it.. very cool image, the sentimental passing of a tree...
carol j. phipps21-Jan-2010 00:14
Terrific detail! Excellent angle of view.
Barbara Heide20-Jan-2010 23:33
brilliant shot Racine! love the composition and light! v
LynnH20-Jan-2010 23:02
What a mess it would be if the logs escaped in a storm. I just love your image. Perfectly cropped! V
Stephanie20-Jan-2010 22:54
Wonderful photo Racine!!! :)
Phillip Normanton20-Jan-2010 22:39
I can imagine the wind picking up would be a real problem for them!
Ieke Vonk20-Jan-2010 21:28
I love how you framed it. Very well done.
J. Scott Coile20-Jan-2010 19:58
The time-honored tradition.
Stewart Mitchell20-Jan-2010 19:45
Super image, Racine, the angle of the tug in the water suggests it is pulling quite hard!!
Nancy Good20-Jan-2010 19:33
Beautiful documentation of the hard work done to make a living in the Northwest. Love how you framed this.
maggie_falconi20-Jan-2010 18:27
Yes I'm sure pulling all those logs is not an easy task, specially in stormy weather!! Great photo Racine!