This afternoon, I took a walk along the waterfront. My photo objective was to look for interesting textures. As I walked past ships that are part of the San Diego Maritime Museum, I was drawn to this end of a piece of wood from an old sailing ship. I don’t remember the specific part of the ship, so I’ll have to go back to update the text in this post. However, while I was thinking about shooting the texture of the end of this beam, I realized that I was looking at tree rings. I started counting and reached 89 before running out of wood. Given that the corners have been cut, there were probably a few more. So this piece of wood, resting beside the bay, was once a tree that was at least 90 years old before it was cut down for use on a ship.
The museum has docents and volunteers who dress up in period nautical costumes. This fellow, was really into his role as a pirate. And so were the passing kids.