Putting the battleship USS Iowa to bed
This day was a rare opportunity. This kind of view of her is now impossible! There are three very wide ramps going up from the pier, and the ticket sales (etc) buildings and a fence are very close to her.
I had been aboard Iowa today (6/7/12) for a couple of hours, and took some time to walk her outside decks and grab a few shots; volunteers and other staff were starting to leave the ship towards sunset, and I pretty much roamed empty decks. Before I finally left, I wanted to get some shots at the bow. It was of course fantastic, watching the disappearing sun reflecting off her hull, and shimmering in the water. From there I could look out to sea and the shipping traffic entering and leaving the busy Port of Los Angeles ("POLA"), California. A few photo-ops there also, albiet telephoto work. I'm very, very fortunate to have the access I treasure.
The battleship Iowa (BB-61) was temporarily berthed at the same historic place where many, many warships tied-up in Los Angeles harbor during World War II, and before. She spent just less than a week here, before moving to Berth 87 a mile or so North, on 6/9/2012. Berth 87 is her permanent location, where she opened to the public on July 7, 2012. www.pacificbattleship.com - www.facebook.com/pacificbattleship - www.twitter.com/pacificbattleship.