Kayaking Up Close With Barges: A Photoessay

By Vladimir Brezina

In New York Harbor at any moment, there are probably thousands of barges of all shapes, sizes, and colors, being moved around by tugs, anchored, or just rusting away in odd corners.  Kayaking around the Harbor, we often find ourselves close enough to them to touch their towering steel sides, to rest in their lee before heading out into the wind again, and even to see them as objets d’art

Moving barges, of course, we give a wide berth to.

But even barges that, for the moment, are safely anchored can be intimidating…

Bright colors are so much more cheerful!

And sometimes one can’t help but linger alongside, and get the camera out…

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