Monday, May 1, 2017

Report #121 Panama Canal Transit April 30, 2017 Sunday Partly cloudy & 88 degrees Part #2 Of 3 87 Pictures

More pictures, of course…..

 

 

Twin suspensions

 

Canal tug

 

Gold Hill

 

Many high-flying birds

 

Good tree for perching

 

Probably a vulture

 

Going under

 

Going into Pedro Miguel Locks

 

Lock building in between two sets of locks side-by-side

 

A tropical tree

 

Pedro Miguel

 

The car carrier at Miraflores

 

Facility at Miraflores

 

Two sets of locks here

 

A crane

 

Cargo ship in the new approach channel

 

Container ship in the new approach

 

Mule assisting us

 

A grackle

 

Fluffy feathers

 

Great egret

 

Graceful in flight

 

Pedro Miguel Locks

 

Locomotive

 

An MSC container ship in the new lock

 

End of the road for the mule

 

Local tug

 

Many shelters for canal workers

 

Frigates can have a wingspan up to 5 feet 8 inches

 

A female with a white throat patch

 

Watching the banks for wildlife

 

This is for the birds…..

 

Most of the birds were on the Pacific end

 

Exiting the final locks

 

Canal zone buildings

 

The restaurant at Miraflores

 

This ship was nice to photograph – good color

 

Here comes the car carrier on the left

 

Two sets of locks here

 

Side bank patio

 

Many onlookers at the restaurant

 

There is a dam overflow on the left bank

 

View of the lock wall from our window (garden is about done)

 

A set of swing span bridges

 

Never saw it used

 

Many clouds, but no rain here

 

Mango trees were full of fruit

 

Locks full for the Seven Seas Mariner

 

Miraflores Locks

 

Restaurant greeters

 

We sailed on this ship the first time 14 years ago

 

Two locks used to drop the ships

 

Very efficient

 

Draining the lock

 

Another ship in the new approach

 

Juvenile pelican

 

Does not have its adult colors yet

 

Powerful firehoses at the lock

 

Lock buildings

 

The Mariner enters the lock with several small sailboats

 

The final locks to the Pacific side

 

A tern

 

Two lanes of traffic

 

Terns fly really fast

 

A family of capybaras – native to this part of the world

 

What a strange sighting

 

These animals must live in the nearby mangroves

 

They come here for fresh water and grazing

 

Tern

 

Wonder if the local people eat capybaras?

 

A larger tern

 

Skies still cloudy, but no rain

 

New buildings on the new Miraflores locks

 

Tern

 

A twin prop plane

 

Hillside

 

Frigate

 

New facilities

 

Watch tower of the new locks

 

The new locks have three chambers

 

Water basins to re-circulate the lock water

 

A Mormon Temple, we think

 

Clear picture, but apparently injured

 

A hawk

 

Sun will be setting in an hour

 

New gates at  Miraflores

 

The local narrator leaving the Amsterdam

 

 

 

 


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