On the waterfront.

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Before going to the vintage vehicle event, my early Saturday morning was spent strolling along the water’s edge.  Surprisingly, there was not much action at Bishop Park, likely because it was so hazy when I first arrived.

The walkers and runners might have been missing, but the fisherman were already up and at ‘em, some out on their boats, …

fishing in boat

… and others with poles gently resting against the fence that frames the boardwalk where fishing is permitted.  They silently sipped coffee, and, deep in thought, gazed out at the water.  Usually, early on weekend mornings, the fishermen line up along the pier that juts out into the Detroit River, as it is a primo point to fish from, but there was only one lone fisherman casting out while a young girl stood by his side.

casting out

I took their photo when they glanced toward me and shouted that I was waiting for their next big fish so I could take another photo.  The man said he was leaving soon because the fish just weren’t biting and other fisherman had already given up for the day.

Fishing is not allowed on some parts of the boardwalk as you see on this sign.

no fishing sign

I was hoping to get a few good seagull shots since the sometimes pesky gulls are always quick to show up if you try to feed the ducks.  This gull chose to rest on the railing and not go airborne, and originally had both feet planted on the top board.

seagull 2 feet

As I approached him, he decided to assume a stork-like pose for some reason.  I took a picture lest he decide to bolt for parts unknown.

seagull pretending he is a stork.jpg

But, he stayed in that pose, motionless, for the longest time, never moving as much as a muscle, even though I kept getting closer and closer to him.

seagull on 1 foot

Soon, I stopped in my tracks when the first shell passed the pier and came into my view.

one shell

The Ecorse Rowing Club was practicing, so I decided to watch them.  The first shell went by and soon another hurried up and joined them.

two shells waiting on coach.jpg

I discovered that the motor boat traveling alongside the pair of shells was not just another boater, but the coach, as he was loudly calling out instructions to each crew.  The shell’s large oars swept the water, carrying them forward rather quickly.

two shells and pier.jpg

Soon a third shell of rowers passed the fishing pier and another motorboat accompanied them.  I watched all three shells and their coaches as they faded into the distance.  I knew I had to make tracks as well to make it on time to the Model A Rendezvous, and I hoped the train was not passing through on the tracks as I drove home.

Just as I was ready to leave, the sky finally brightened, with just a hint of blue.  A whole mess of ducks suddenly streamed from under the boardwalk’s wooden railing, so out came the camera again.  The ducks looked peaceful as they paddled in the water and one duck looked a little raggedy after diving deep for his breakfast.

2 ducks

baby1

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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33 Responses to On the waterfront.

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………..about those shells from the rowing club……………………………were there women in them?………………..my cousin does that with her friends and they’re in their 60’s!…………………I would have liked to do that………………..sounds like fun to me

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    • lindasschaub says:

      They sure were Anne Marie – that was the first thing I noticed and for some reason I thought the Ecorse Rowing Team was all young kids from the high schools around the area. Marge’s granddaughter went to school in Melvindale and was on the rowing team years ago and Marge often went to the practices, and maybe even the meets, and I guess that is what made me think that.

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  2. You had lots to report today! Lovely post.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thanks Anne – it really is pretty down on the riverfront at Bishop Park. Always very peaceful as well … the only noise is the gulls screeching their heads off. No gulls in the sky at all on Saturday which was odd.

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      • I used to walk with lots of gulls. We see a few now near Lake Junaluska.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Walking with the gulls around gives you the illusion you are at the seashore. They do get kind of raucous sometimes but I think they help create the ambiance down at the waterfront. This seagull did not budge … if I’d not seen him standing on both legs, I would have thought he was hurt. There was an injured seagull last year with a fish hook in its foot, also standing on one foot, but the line was hanging from the hook that was embedded in his other foot. I contacted the DNR as he never moved from the place he was standing and they said he would be fine and it would fall out eventually.

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      • That’s good to know, that the gull would eventually be OK. I saw a goose at the millpond that had been shot with an arrow. The arrow was still embedded. A friend called someone who came and got the goose. We presume the arrow was removed and the goose returned to its habitat.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        I sent the DNR the seagull’s picture so they could see the line hanging out – I figured they had local veterinarians that might come capture it and fix it. That’s terrible about the goose and we had a similar incident a few years ago, with a goose and an arrow was shot into its side. It was captured and the arrow removed but it was in rehab for a while.

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  3. Fred Bailey says:

    Ya can’t keep a good duck down! Look’s like a lovely day.

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  4. AJ says:

    That’s interesting you call them shells as here they are called skulls.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Hi AJ – I know them as skulls too … I used to watch them at the Ecorse Marina about three miles away. I’d walk there on a Saturday morning and watch the rowers climbing into the boats from the dock and then from there they would leave the marina and go to the Detroit River where I was. But I was talking to someone on the boardwalk on Saturday morning and he referred to them as shells … I thought I misheard him so looked it up – the term is interchangeable is what I’m thinking. My neighbor’s granddaughter used to be on the Ecorse Rowing Team and so she watched her at practice and meets. Here is a closeup of the skulls … I imagine you see them at the marina where your parents boat is? http://www.ecorserowingclub.com/

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  5. John says:

    Seems to be an fantastic place to just relax and feel good. I like the pictures on the rowboats, do not think we have such in Sweden, but think it’s common where you live?

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    • lindasschaub says:

      It is quite peaceful there John … usually the most noise comes from the seagulls when they see food and they go crazy. In the park portion of Bishop Park, the gulls have been known to steal food off people’s grill and take off with it. The rowboats are the Ecorse Rowing Club and I just looked for a link to show you and will include it at the end. There is a very small marina in the City of Ecorse, about three miles away and the rowers get into the boats there and I used to walk to that marina and watch them getting into the boats (they call them “shells” or “skulls”) on Saturday mornings. I have not been to that marina this year as I used to walk from home and have to cross the railroad tracks and there have been coyote sightings at the tracks, so I have stayed clear. They are fun to watch down at the River though because the boats move swiftly and there are 9 people in each boat. Their coach rides alongside and gives them directions, suggestions … I could hear him back at the shoreline where I was standing. I know people come from around here to go to that rowing club but they may have other clubs at other big lakes, but not near here. It is good exercise doing all that rowing. Here is a link to see the boats up close or if the link doesn’t work, use “Ecorse Rowing Club”: http://www.ecorserowingclub.com/

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  6. sharonchyy says:

    This place looks so relaxing 😌 Peaceful🙏🤝Thanks as always 🙏

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  7. You are so blessed to live in an area that there is always so much happening. I love it. ❤

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I do try to make the most of the Summer and Fall months Zena as I’m not a fan of Winter. I worked in downtown Detroit for decades and took the bus and so the car stayed in the garage as I just walked to the bus stop. My Winter driving skills are not the best and since I work from home I try not to go out much in the Winter time, except when it is clear to give the car a run. I have a few more parks to try before Fall gets here – I hope we stay in a clear and dry weekend pattern for a while – we had rain eight weekends in a row from mid-April to mid-June.

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  8. What a peaceful, lovely morning! So much to see but seemingly in slow motion.

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  9. That last photo of the duck is my favorite! 🙂 It just looks like it has such a personality… like it has seen things and learned from what it has seen!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I know! The other ducks look so sleek and then this guy came along – I didn’t really think it looked like it was wet from diving, but maybe needed a little dab of Brylcreme. 🙂

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  10. Uncle Tree says:

    You get an A+ for this post, Linda. 🙂 Nice work.
    Great shots and swell descriptions! Kudos, UT

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  11. Ellie P. says:

    Your photos here are especially stunning! I’ll single out the stork/gull (!)… and the fishing photo – I’m a sucker for silhouettes!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I like silhouettes too Ellie. It was still early and a little hazy so the fisherman and the boats appeared in silhouette. One of the photographers I follow is fond of sunsets and moon shots where he often has images of an eagle in front of a full moon, or a heron in front of the sunset. No Photoshop used – just amazing photography.

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