Sneaking into places I shouldn’t! I couldn’t resist a peak inside this abandoned boat I found. I think a big part of my fascination with abandoned places is the mystery behind them. Who owned it? Why did they leave and where are they now? I can’t help creating backstories for places like this which inevitably feed into my work. That was a very inspirational Sunday stroll 🖤
I took this photo on September 20, 2018, 364 days and 22 hours after my very first nighttime visit to "Cuki." During that first night, I remember helping Ian Gronsky chase looters away from the boat (see the caption of the first photo), and now, there is literally nothing left to loot from the carcass.
Other than freeing her from her mooring and setting her on a path leading to her beachy demise, Hurricane Irma did less far damage to the “Cuki” than one year and countless looters would do.
When I first saw the 45-foot on the beach, it really looked like all it needed was a high tide and a few big waves, and it’d be free, floating and ready to go. Initially, the mystery behind the boat’s appearance earned it the name “Ghost Ship,” and as details of the owner’s notoriously disreputable deeds emerged, the boat (at least to me) felt creepier and creepier. But, it still looked…functional.
Now, one year later, it is truly a derelict.
One technical note, it's normally very dark, but this evening, the Moon was very bright in the Southern sky (to the left of the frame). Also, one of the condos a fair distance behind me had some bright interior lights, and they are shining through the patio railing, creating the lines on the boat above the sign. (Photo: Michael Seeley) #Cuki#Ghostboat#Ghostship#LongExposure#MelbourneBeach#SpessardHollandBeach#shipwreck#photography#photographer#photograph#photooftheday#love#beautiful#pic#picoftheday#instagram#instagramers#instagramhub#webstagram#latergram#igsg#igdaily#instagood
One year ago today, the mysterious and, I suppose, notorious "Cuki" washed ashore in Melbourne Beach, Florida. The 45-foot long sailboat broke free of its mooring in Key West during Hurricane Irma, and over the course of 10-days, the boat drifted north and was found beached at the Spessard-Holland Beach. Ian Gronsky was one of the first (perhaps even the very first) to document the wreck, and his shots (including of the lingerie-clad mannequins that were onboard) would go on to be published in the Wall Street Journal. The boat quickly became a bit of a tourist attraction and has been the subject of a number of my photos over the course of its time here on the Space Coast.
I had planned on paying a visit to the decaying boat tonight, sort of an anniversary visit, and I was genuinely delighted to learn that the International Space Station would be available for a photobomb at 8:41 pm (ET) tonight, and I was able to time things accordingly. That's the streak in this frame, as the ISS flew from the SW to NNE, high and bright, coming within 488km of the Space Coast. Humans are riding in that streak of light, with a current ISS Crew of 6: Oleg Artemyev, Commander Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold, Sergey Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor.
It was cloudier than I had hoped for, and the rather bright Moon is out of the frame (behind me), but it cast a lot of light and was reflecting off the clouds. So, to deal with all the light, this is three 60-second exposures. I took more, but the clouds in the last two frames obscured most of the streak over the boat, so they're not included.
For a look at the evolution (or, devolution) of the "Cuki," some of my photos (including the first photos I took one year ago on September 20, 2017) are here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmiTYMnj
So #keepportlandweird began before we got to Portland. Cats were sick before leaving. Ramp to parking closed & had to take major detour. Plane broke & had to get to different terminal. Upgraded at car rental for FREE. And this. Random wandering around our hotel & we see river, and big group of firemen. Other bystanders said boat washed up with lights on. No keys, no passengers. Shoes & other personal items. #crazyshit#ghostboat#weirdandworrying#portlandgp#raceweekend#portland
#Léonne - White-Wheat-Coriander
Carleton Sur Mer, Québec 🇨🇦.
500ml, 4.5%, 8/10
Beautiful color, taste of coriander and citrus and oranges. First try, a taste that brought me back to Belgium 🇧🇪 .
Ratings: 🍺 🍺 🍺 🍺 🍺 🍺 🍺🍺