Image credit: All photos taken and processed by Cujo359
I'd noticed this statue on the top of the MAST building before, but couldn't tell what it was:
This time, though, I had a zoom lens worthy of the name. Here's a closeup from that photo:
Apparently, it's an owl. I suppose they were hoping this big owl statue would scare the seagulls away. Seagulls are a constant presence in the area. Speaking of gulls, I noticed one gliding along the boardwalk today, just to the left of the railing of this picture (no, the gull isn't in it, I didn't have the camera out at that moment):
Curious, I stuck my hand out over the water, just over the railing. Sure enough, there was an updraft. Crafty little buggers. Not only do they know where to find a free meal, they know how to avoid working too hard for it, too.
On the subject of zooms, here's a wide shot of Des Moines:
On the left of that photo is the Des Moines Marina. This shot is a zoomed image of it:
From several miles away, you can make out cars on the hill above the marina.
As luck would have it, a Hapag Lloyd container ship was sailing past just as I arrived. This the usual schedule - I seem to get there after a ship has almost sailed past:
Still, it wasn't a good day to be photographing a ship on the other side of the Sound. With all the mist, this is about as good an image as I could manage:
Still better than the old camera could manage, so I guess I'll be keeping this one.
Click on the pictures to enlarge. Hope you had a good Sunday.