I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 4:37 AM GMT on August 28, 2012
Well I got my 40 hours in. Trouble was it was over the weekend.
Our weekly container vessel has been late a lot the last few weeks. This weekend the first of 6 containers arrived at 5 PM. Boats are waiting for their product. One boat order is often spread through all the containers. So we have to go through it all before we can leave.
We had a 6AM delivery the next morning, so I sent people home early so they could get some sleep. GNU and I were the late workers, sitting around at 11PM after starting at 8 AM, waiting for that last container to show up. We unloaded it and made the final delivery ourselves.
When I am driving the forklift and making deliveries it is not good. I actually find it fun, but I have other stuff to do. Like sleep.
This weekend was very unique, a first in my 4.5 years here. We get visits by humpback whales as they head to and from Hawaii. Smart animals. I have seen them and got photos and film. The most I have ever seen were 6 or so at a time. This weekend I was driving home Saturday night and I saw a plume of mist on the water, a whale spouting. Then a couple of plumes. Then I saw they were everywhere. I can only guess. 50 whales? Spread all around the bay, a big area. The spoutings were near and far, way off in the distance and right in front of me. Unbelievable and incredible.
Whales are hard to photograph. It takes patience and time. I do not have the time. They pop up, and they are gone in a few seconds. I have seen a couple leap from the water and crash down, hearing the crash a couple seconds later. But have not caught that on film. Yet.
That night I set up a tripod on my front porch, turned on the film and let it run. I had a far view of a big area, better than nothing. But it showed the plumes all around.
When I came back Sunday morning they were still around. The conditions were perfect. Calm. You could hear the huge gasps as they surfaced for air. There were many people taking photos.
But shortly after I stopped to take pictures, my memory card filled up. We had a busy morning at work, but I was not personally needed for a bit. So I headed back to dump my film in the computer.
This took longer than expected, as we are having major construction on our roads. The roads are blocked for 5 or 10 minutes. Finally I got back to the beach and got some footage. But the phone was ringing and I had to exit stage right (Snagglepus).
Later that evening I got more footage. Will be putting it all on youtube as JAYEMPTY. My initials are JMT.
Warm weather here. Sweating. The fog has come in tonight heavy. Hard to see the water from the beach.
NOBLE DISCOVERER has left town as of two days ago. Two weeks ago they were loose and on the rocks. Now northbound. I heard there is an oil spill vessel still in Seattle that must be on site before drilling starts. The time window is closing.
Anytime I leave the window open for a period of time, Dutchie brings in a bird. Last night was no exception. Vacuuming feathers tonight.
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