Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Waiting Traps

We humans aren't the only ones waiting for the coming of spring around here. There are thousands of lobster traps standing by impatiently here on Widgery Wharf this morning. This structure has some historic roots that date back to the late 1700s. It's named after the Widgery family who plied in the molasses trade. Much of this large wharf was covered over when the main thoroughfare, Commercial Street, was constructed in the 1850s. I have seen paintings that show large sailing vessels with their prows sticking out almost touching the warehouses near the water. This area has changed quite a bit over the years. In the background you can see the condos that have crept in among the wharfs down here. As you might guess, a 'working waterfront' that the fishermen want to survive and modern living sometimes do cross tracks.
These traps will have to wait out another 'snow event' though.
Nine inches more said to be on the way this afternoon.
Ha! It's spitting snow already.

13 comments:

  1. I think that everyone has had enough of snow. I also think that the fisherman probably have had enough of encroaching condos, too. Time marches on, so to speak, and brings lots of changes.

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  2. Lobster Pots there and crab pots here. Well, everywhere down at the waterfront and in people yards. Yummy stuff. MB

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  3. Great composition on the lobster pots. This is a scene we don't see in the Midwest, but our farm equipment is just waiting for the spring thaw. Sorry to hear you are getting more snow. Keep in mind, just 32 more days until spring, then we get spring snowstorms.

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  4. What a great juxtaposition of structures and elements - those lobster traps and condos! Sorry about the snow. Hope it doesn't make you too grumpy. :) Things will get better. Eventually. I think. You need to have a party and I know just the folks to help you pull it off! :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing some of that interesting history of wonderful Portland...Widgery, a fine name. Nine inches, yikes! Not spitting up here yet, but it IS suspiciously calm...

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  6. That's a lot of traps. I can hear the complaints from the condo dwellers from here.

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  7. Agree with Kate above -- the lobster folks have probably had enough of the encroaching condos -- barbara

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  8. You must be getting really sick of that snow! Those lobster pots look a lot different from the ones I used to see.

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  9. They made for a very nice shot.

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  10. Nice play of geometry. The lobster fishermen have a heck of a hard life. I wonder how long the trade will continue.

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  11. Ah so the lobsters can breath easy for a little while longer hey Birdman :)

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