Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hear those paddles clanking

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This photo is almost two years old and the the fact is, the Murray River doesn't look so healthy now. When this photo was captured, there was already a drought in progress but it hadn't started to bite the way it's biting in the summer of 08/09. These paddlewheel riverboats are strictly a tourist attraction now, but a century ago, and more, massive riverboats -- same kind of thing you see on the Mississippi! -- plied the Murray River, carrying cargo as well as passengers. A couple are still in operation as luxury cruising hotels. Got to go there and do that some day soon. This boat is paddling into Murray Bridge, and doesn't have far to go. The town is just out of shot! Conditions were very bright, and this image has been substantially enhanced at the software stage, to add substance and color. Photo by Mel, 2006.

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