I got up very early (for me) on Monday in an effort to get to the supermarket soon after opening time to avoid any crowds. COVID-19 is surging again in Los Angeles County, as it is in most of California and much of the country. The ICUs in our local hospitals are reportedly already at capacity even without the influx expected to follow the Thanksgiving holiday, making me even more cautious about public venues. But the pantry was bare and the online grocery shopping I did during our earlier lockdown was frustrating to say the least so I didn't feel I had a good alternative. However, my reward for being up and dressed before dawn was a brilliant sunrise.
|A slightly wider shot|
Did you notice all the boats sitting outside the harbor? Traffic was low for a time earlier this year but now cargo ships are backed up off-shore waiting for berths in the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports so they can unload their cargo.
|On Saturday, I counted 25 ships anchored between the Port of Los Angeles (shown here) and the Long Beach port beyond. Seventeen are visible in this shot.|
It's not clear that the shipping backlog will be resolved any time soon. Labor and equipment shortages, as well as complications stemming from the pandemic, are elements of the problem. The delays may be something to factor into any holiday shopping you're doing online.
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