This is the Dredge Randolph which helps keep the shipping channel deep enough for barges and other traffic by scouring the bottom and removing objects and sand that have built up over time. A barge rides along with the dredge and accepts the sand which is taken down river to ( I think ) a concrete plant. These shots are all from 2006.
Below: I made a river visit once when the Randolph was being serviced by the tug Sibley. I think it was the front scraper was jammed or the cables were out of alignment. The tug with a crane on the deck came alongside to help.
Above and below the business end of the system that is lowered to the river bed and brings matter to the surface.
Above and below: when one barge is full of sand the Sibley brings an empty one and swaps them out.
Above and below; The Sibley pulls out the loaded barge, turns around, and then heads down the river to (wild guess here) Sibley.
Kaw point, center, with the Missouri River on the left and the Kaw River on the right. Kansas City skyline in the center. Cottonwoods in the foreground. Below, same general view treeless. Lewis and Clark camped just a quarter mile to the left in this picture on their way west and their way back east.
The "Super" Moon arose Saturday night as expected just north of the KC Skyline beginning at 8:49pm. It was reportedly over the skyline proper Friday night... but I was just happy it was fairly clear. There was a large amount of haze in the air though.. which made a "sharp" moon more difficult to attain. Above, just peeking above the tree line.
These shots were all taken from Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kansas from 9:10pm to 10:10pm. The Missouri River is on the left in these images and the Kaw (Kansas) River is on the right... they merge in the center. Although these images were all processed in Photoshop, there is no trickery employed... what I saw is what you see :)
These were taken with a Nikon D800 and Nikon 28-300mm lens... camera set on manual...
Kaw Point is one of my favorite places to visit ... full moon or otherwise...