In need of a ride, I headed downtown early Saturday morning on my bike. It was Harborfest weekend, which over the years has more or less been a big deal. The festival originally was designed to pull people back downtown to the waterfront, which at the time had fallen on sad times. These days the area is a thriving, happening kind of place, but the annual party goes on just the same. Though I like generous quantities of music, food and beer, I prefer to enjoy them on my own terms, not necessarily with throngs of sweating strangers. So I got there before the party started, hoping to catch some good photo opportunities, and these are some of the things I saw.
Along the bike trail, one of our weediest natives, Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans) was enjoying the heat. Left unchecked, and given the right opportunity, it can become a tree.
Closer to downtown the waterfront was full of boats and boat-people sleeping off the previous night's festivities.
This year there were only a few tall ships visiting. In previous years the water has been thick with them. This one is the Kalmar Nyckel from Delaware.
Some of the crew from the Gazela of Philadelphia was busy in the rigging Saturday morning.
The not so tall ship pictured below is a replica of the Godspeed, one of the ships that brought the first English settlers to Virginia in 1607. The first of my family arrived a few years later, and I can't imagine how bad things must of been in England for anyone to risk crossing the Atlantic in such a small ship.
Some of my more recent relatives used boats like these below. The Chesapeake Deadrise was designed for working in the shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay. It had a large open work area on the back where the business of oystering, crabbing, fishing or attending waterfront parties could take place.
The dive boat Cromo had a pretty cool beard.
In case anyone got out of hand, the military was on hand to maintain the peace.
I saw many things Saturday morning, but what I enjoyed the most was watching dogs fly, dive and walk on water.