Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn Again

One of a series of postcard images copyrighted by S S Porter in 1906, featuring the change of seasons, seems especially appropriate for today. The Autumn season begins today, September 22nd, at 7:29 PM PDT. We posted this card a few years ago and just can't think of anything better for today. We like the bears and rabbits and the drawing nailed up behind them. The card has writing around the edges but it has faded to the extent that we can't read it. The postmark is also somewhat uncertain, but we believe it was mailed in October, 1908. Someone removed the stamp before we took possession.

There are four of these cards ... one for each season.

We don't know the meaning of St. John under the A U T U M N drawing ...

We especially like the idea of a catered lunch but will leave it up to you to decide what's in the bottle.

Ahhh ... for the days when R. R. #1 got the card delivered ... no zip code needed!

Here at John's Island we have been on break ... sabbatical ... vacation ... leave, or whatever you want to call it ... we just haven't been posting since September 5th.  We have been doing some travelling and will share some photos and commentary in future posts. As for right now, we simply wish you a fine Fall.

If you are inclined to know more about today's autumnal equinox, here is some info from

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Seattle Stairway Walk #3 - Fremont Peak Park

Our last "Stairway Walk" post was about the Fremont area of Seattle. Another part of Fremont we've discovered but haven't posted about previously is the Peak Park. If we've ever seen a hidden, almost secret, park, this is it. You may need GPS coordinates to locate this place! Once there, it's pretty cool.  More on the design later.
Phases of the moon in concrete but we are not quite sure why.

The stairs ... a "must have" for our current
walking projects.

Pathway to the view

We do not know the story about the stones.
However, read about the myth below.

Perhaps there was a sign at the Park that told the story
but, if so, we missed it.

Panorama of the view from the Park looking
mostly to the west, over the Ballard Bridge
toward Salmon Bay. Too much haze and cloud to
see the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Ballard Bridge

Lucky timing. We were able to catch the draw span
This Park is relatively new. The design is by GGLO -- on their website they describe themselves this way: "By integrating key disciplines under one roof and measuring our success by the quality of our relationships, we have established ourselves as one of the foremost design firms on the West Coast."  The Seattle Parks website says this about Peak Park:  "Fremont Peak Park is a new public park located in the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle . The site is comprised of three residential lots with a magnificent view of the various Seattle neighborhoods, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains . Envisioned as a neighborhood ‘walk to’ park, the GGLO Landscape Architecture group was charged with master planning a peaceful urban oasis that valued the existing vegetation and integrated art and the history of the Fremont neighborhood. The master plan process included a series of workshops and meetings with the Park stakeholders to assess opportunities, develop concepts and alternatives, and create a final master plan.

Using the metaphor of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, the park and its walls symbolize a remnant of the famed maze of King Minos. A silver thread, or stainless steel band, winds and meanders through a discovery sequence: from the entry as a spool, then in-laid in the main promenade and through the meadow, ensuingly as a metal ribbon around the trees in the woodland and culminating at the view terrace, where a stunning view of the Olympics ends the journey. The integrated art was created in collaboration with Laura Haddad, a local artist."

We are fairly certain (ha ha) that you are familiar with the Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. However, we were not and, for your convenience, will share this explanation.  It's an interesting myth.

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Taking a Break - For those of you who follow the blog regularly, we are taking a break for a few days. See you again soon with more posts on John's Island.

Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Freighter Cruising the Ocean

For those of you who have been following the blog, perhaps you have read our profile. One of the included interests is "ocean shipping".  Perhaps you may have interpreted that to mean we like spending time on ships ... cruise ships. Correct, but more than that we would like to spend time on a Freighter Cruise. Unknown to many, freighter ships have room for a very few passengers ... usually 10 or less. There is no fancy entertainment! However, the reports are that the food is excellent, accommodations are adequate, and the ports-of-call are amazing. Freighter ships can often get into smaller ports than larger cruise ships. Getting away from the tourist attractions can give you a more realistic view of what some parts of the world are like. We've been subscribing to a publication that is devoted to this way of travelling across the ocean. The publication is Freighter Cruises by MARIS. Just to give you the flavor here are a few covers ...

There's a lot to know about cruising on freighter ships.  We will cover some of that in future posts along with more Freighter Cruises covers.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

More Dahlias -- September, 2014

On September 1 we went for a walk in Volunteer Park. The suggestion came up for us to stop by and check out the progress in the Dahlia Garden.  When we got to the garden we were just amazed at the beauty and abundance of blooms. Ut Oh! We had forgotten our trusty camera ... the Sony RX100. Well, we had the cell phone so we had to put it to use. Back home, we downloaded the pics to the computer and took a look to see about putting them here on the Island. We thought about doing some composition editing, adjusting the lighting a little bit ... but decided we liked them as is, and so here we go ... all we did was resize for easier web streaming and add the watermark. Please let us know what you think.

All of these flowers are in a garden maintained by
a group of volunteers who love dahlias.
These are all types of dahlias.

We've posted pics from this garden earlier
this year. Please check the
archive for posts.

Yes, same flower twice, but the bee moved!
Ha ha!

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

25 Genuine Vitaprints -- Scenes Along the Way -- Milwaukee Road [2]

Continued from yesterday ...

The three photos above show scenes in what the Milwaukee Road called "Montana Canyon." It is also known as Sixteen Mile Canyon. Here is what Wikipedia says about this largely unknown region ...
"Sixteen Mile Creek (also known as Sixteenmile Creek) is a tributary of the Missouri River, approximately 45 mi (73 km) long, in western Montana in the United States. The canyon through which it travels is known as "Sixteen Mile Canyon." The abandoned grade of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad ("the Milwaukee Road") parallels the creek through the canyon; the Milwaukee Road called Sixteen Mile Canyon "Montana Canyon" in its promotional material." Now that the rail line through this area has been abandoned, and the land is in private ownership, we can only wonder about the joy of travelling through this beautiful country.

If you did not see yesterday's post, and you are curious about what all these old photos are about, please take a look.

The picture below, "The Olympian in the Cascade Mountains" is one of our favorites in this set. The Milwaukee Road used electricity to power the trains through several mountainous regions along the route to the west coast. This eliminated some of the issues of other types of power of the time ... smoke, soot, noise, and maintaining steam power during the midst of frigid winters.

In the two photos below, Mt. Rainier is the prominent feature. Many people do not know about all the controversy related to naming this mountain. It's an interesting part of the region's history you can read about here. According to the article in Wikipedia, "It is the most topographically prominent mountain in the contiguous United States."

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Monday, September 1, 2014

25 Genuine Vitaprints -- Scenes Along the Way -- Milwaukee Road [1]


Wow, June ... July ... August, those months just flew by! Here we are on September 1, Labor Day (in the USA and Canada) and, for many, the beginning of a new season. Summer was a busy blogging season for us and we received more pageviews than all of last year put together. Posting (almost) daily does take a little bit of discipline. We enjoy it, though, and thank all of you who leave us the encouraging comments. Comments are a very significant part of the blogging experience ... they lead us to your blog where we can check out your areas of interest. We've read some great reflections on life and enjoyed many wonderful photos on your blogs recently. We wish you a productive and enjoyable September!

25 GENUINE Vitaprints

Imagine, for a moment, that 69 years ago, in 1945, you had just taken a train trip from Chicago, across the northern United States, for the first time, to a new city for you ... Seattle, Washington. The journey took you about 2 and a half days. As you stepped off the train and walked through Union Station in Seattle you noticed a news stand and spotted a little folder of miniature photos of scenes along the journey you had just completed. You might have spent one quarter to purchase the set of photos ready to be mailed back to your family at home.

Here is what you might have purchased and mailed ...

Small, black and white prints.

Each print has location/description info
printed on the picture.
The packet that was mailed in 1945 ...

Postmarked June 11, 1945
6 cents postage applied

25 photos for 25 cents

Description of the Journey
And now, the photos. Keep in mind these pictures are only about 3" x 4". The photos are generally in order from Chicago to the west coast.

Union Station -- Chicago

Michigan Avenue in Chicago

Court of Honor -- Milwaukee

Wisconsin Avenue -- Milwaukee

Along the Mississippi River

Minnesota State Capitol

Statue of Hiawatha

Entering the scenic part of the trip in the
mountains of Montana

Tables of Stone near Cardinal, Montana

Next post:  Remainder of the photos. Thank you for stopping by John's Island.