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Pouring On The Coal by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Pouring On The CoalThrottling up on the M/V Block Island with initial smoke coming from the stack of the M/V Block Island




Summer kickoff has always had images of boats and ferries in my mind. These were part of my upbringing year-round. But there is something about that first trip of summer, out on the outer deck. One long blast on the horn as the vessel departs (along with three short blasts if backing away). Then a slight rumble under your feet and the ferry moves in earnest.

That smoke emitting from the stack is what most of the skippers I grew up with called, "Pouring on the coal". Now, I only worked a couple of steamers (and they were not coal-fired). But I knew some skippers who came up from the

Bow Watch by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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"Into each life some rain must fall." ~ Ella Fitzgerald


Into Each Life

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Into Each LifeInto each life a little rain must fall. Especially when crossing the sound on a rainy day on the M/V Block Island




Into each life, some rain must fall, especially if your life is on an island ferry. Along with the rain come bow watches, wet windows, and rolling ships.

This is ferry and island life. The islanders and the crews grow accustomed to these sea conditions. Tourists will grumble with these conditions, but they need only wait. There is a clearing over the island fine on the starboard bow. But for now, the views of bulwarks and capstans forward are rain-covered. And we can tell you that they are playing jazz, perhaps Ella, at a c

Easing Along by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Easing AlongEasing in along the docks and throttling back preparing to dock in the Port of Galilee on a cloudy, rainy morning




When coming into port, especially on a cloudy day, one must throttle down and ease along. In Galilee (Narragansett, Rhode Island), this is sometimes easier said than done.

When one arrives in a port such as Galilee on a stormy day, there are often a few steps. First, when the swells are sweeping in from the south (as they were on this day), there are adjustments. The following seas mean that one is "playing" the wheel and throttles. Once in the breakwater, the seas can often peak a bit as the bottom shoals up a bit. Then once in port, the skipper is breaking down that little bit of adr

A Country Drive by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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A Country DriveBright late afternoon spring sunlight filters through the trees highlighting a country drive in Rhode Island's South County




As a youngster, Sunday afternoons outside of boating season were for taking a drive. Though I am not that old, the drive was more rural. Driving down what is now a retail district was a drive in the country (what is now Route 2 in Warwick, Rhode Island).

On those Sunday Drives, we would pass various properties and farms. Looking out the backseat window, I was often enamored with the property's driveways. Some were straight. Some curved. Some fence lined. The term is, "character". These places had character.

So today, as I move about, I make note of rural settings.

Spring Budding Overhead by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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"The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more."



~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Spring Budding Overhead

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Spring Budding OverheadA wide view of the trees in the wood surrounding Indian Lake in South Kingstown, RI




We live in an area where walks are frequent respites. As spring progresses, walking among the trees, we often look up in wonder as their buds appear and leaf out.

These trees in the wood offer gentle filtering of light about in the sky. Puffy clouds above drift by. A special moment, indeed.

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Late Afternoon On The Saugatucket by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Late Afternoon On The SaugatucketLate afternoon on the Saugatucket River from Silver Lake Avenue. The sun filters through the clouds and trees casting the first of the reds and oranges of sunset.





"The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!"



~Ansel Adams


An enjoyable aspect of photography is that it sometimes captures surreal reality. These moments of seeming surrealism only last for a moment. How does one capture that moment? You have to be lucky enough to be there and aware of your surroundings.

This was my situation this afternoon looking north along the Saugatucket. I can explain the effects in view through optics, physics and, meteorolog

Serendipitous Moments by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Morning Breaks Over R/V Endeavor

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Morning Breaks Over R/V EndeavorMorning breaks over the R/V Endeavor in its home port of Narragansett, Rhode Island as the vessel awaits the last research voyages of its long career and decommissioning.




Serendipity. It's a term that I like to embrace more often in the day and age we live in. It's the pleasant, fortuitous surprises that make life more pleasant. A strict definition includes an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

This is why I like the shoreline and the beach. I enjoy being the "

Orange Shadows Cast by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Orange Shadows CastIn the late-day sun, highlights of light and shadows cast




Orange is a color that is often called "happy". So coming across a natural display of the color orange that is mysterious and moody is a find.

These orange flowers know that this is later spring and that summer is coming. They know that the rain is coming tonight. They know that brightness is around the corner. But the current climate leaves them unsure, shy, and introverted. They hide in the shadows and look forward to the bright light. Orange flowers are happiness cloaked in mystery and wisdom.

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Driftwood Tree And Waves At Matunuck by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Driftwood Tree And Waves At MatunuckDriftwood tree ashore on Matunuck Beach as waves roll in off the sound




I once read that the waves are the voice of the tides. It's true. As the winds increase against the tide, the resistance will generate waves. The motion of the earth adds to the action with swells. This is a simplistic explanation but it piques our interest in the waves.

But what the wind and tide deposit on the beach attracts the beachcomber and beachgoer. Driftwood in this case. An entire driftwood tree. The bark stripped and every grain raised. Soaked with salt (it would pop with explosive crackles if burned). A fascination deposited on the beach.

Driftwood Tree And Raised Grain

Neighborly Flowers Reaching Out by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI Gallery

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Neighborly Flowers Reaching OutA batch of neighbors flowers in bloom on a late afternoon in springtime




We have a neighbor that has the most manicured lawn and landscape in the neighborhood. He's that rugged, grisly-voiced aging veteran that takes pride in everything he does. Disciplined and creative. Meticulous. The gent you trust with a problem. This is the gent that you trust with your sons. And when you need a laugh, there is a welcoming smile, wave, and a conversation full of dry wit.

Our neighbor is aging now. We send our sons over to help him out. When the cords of wood come, we send them over to help