The week started off sunny, and there was nice warm lighting from the morning's rising sun. HMCS ST. JOHN'S was still on the Syncrolift where I last saw her, although a bit higher out of the water. The blue antifouling is showing through a bit better now, and the black may just be harbour scum. Having a similar colour of blue antifouling on my own boat, I am well familiar with the boat not being quite the same colour when she comes out of the water as when she went in.
|HMCS ST. JOHN'S.|
Looking further out the harbour, there was a procession of three cruise ships on their way in, along with some naval traffic.
|Rotterdam, Norwegian Gem, Disney Magic, with HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC is just visible to the far right.|
|Norwegian Gem and Rotterdam.|
As always, it was a challenge to get them all lined up just right, but I managed a variety of combinations.
|Norwegian Gem, Disney Magic, and Rotterdam.|
Monday also saw two separate species of cormorant circling the harbour.
|This guy was diving for fish in front of Bishop's Landing.|
|And this guy (RCAF CH-148 Cormorant) was circling overhead. It didn't catch any fish that I am aware of.|
Wednesday brought a new group of ships, including what I assume is the one and only cruise ship ever built in Halifax.
|Pearl Mist and Crystal Serenity. The former was built by Halifax Shipyard and delivered in 2013.|
|Anthem of the Seas was also a return visitor. The ship features a viewing pod mounted on the end of a long crane arm, seen deployed here.|
Friday brought another procession of cruise ships, this time comprising of Serenade of the Seas, Azamara Quest, and once again Disney Magic as tail-end charlie. Celebrity Summit arrived later in the day, and I missed her.
|Serenity of the Seas, Azamara Quest, Theodore Too, and Disney Magic.|
As usual, Theodore Too was greeting the cruise ships as they arrived. HMCS SHAWINIGAN also put in an appearance.
|Azamara Quest, Theodore Too, SHAWINIGAN, and Disney Magic.|
|Azamara Quest fortunately turned and allowed me to catch her with some sunlight on the starboard side.|
Cruise ships these days are not often what one would call beautiful, but occasionally you get one that makes up for the rest. Queen Mary 2 is one that I approve of, and the Disney ships (despite the Mickey Mouse flourishes) also do the trick. I might even go a step further, and say that Disney Magic and her sisters are probably some of the best looking of the bunch of modern cruise ships.
|Broadside view of Disney Magic.|
The Disney and Queen Mary 2 designs seem to me to harken back to earlier ocean liners of the 20th century, which is probably why I prefer them to the rest.
|HMCS SHAWINIGAN returning from a successful arctic cruise.|
Also on Friday, SPS PATINO returned to Halifax.
As I was rushing to take pictures of the ships arriving this morning, I glanced aside to see what another of my fellow commuters was taking pictures of - and saw a Great Blue Heron standing in the water just to the side of the boardwalk.
|SPS PATINO, Spanish Navy replenishment tanker.|
|Great Blue Heron. I am not used to getting this close.|
|I was able to change my angle slightly to fill the background with reflections of the Halifax skyline.|
I will finish off with this dramatic sky from yesterday afternoon.