February 11, 2012

Time & Tide

Canada’s Bay of Fundy features a high tide that can be 50+ feet higher than low tide. Check out this time lapse:

In an old, obscure corner of my career, I was a Navy Midshipman who spent a month on the USS Zephyr. (Would you have guessed?) I sat on a dock in Alaska, sketching the aft 25mm cannon (below), which I’d just unsuccessfully shot at some seagulls (thankfully I missed). I tend to draw each part methodically, and I kept kicking myself as I failed to get the perspective right among the various pieces. Finally I realized that the tide was lowering the ship so fast that the lines were rapidly changing. Not a great place to draw in pen!

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Posted by John Nack at 9:06 AM on February 11, 2012

Comments

  • Peter Steeper — 7:28 PM on February 11, 2012

    We have high tides and other interesting things on and near the Bay of Fundy like the Pumpkin Regatta.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/psteeper/5069723266/in/set-72157625136283678/

    If you come to Nova Scotia we’ll treat you to some rum and lobster!

  • imajez — 9:40 PM on February 15, 2012

    I grew up on the Mumbles [real name] seafront in South Wales and the Bristol Channel supposedly has the second biggest tidal range in the World. So I always found it odd when I’m in places where the sea didn’t completely vanish or go out a mile from shore twice a day.

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