Monday, May 2, 2016

Your May Fortune [1907]

From our old postcard collection ...

"You are extremely vivacious, are tactful, and know
how to use diplomacy."  Now I wish I was born in May! :-)

Who first behold the
light of day
In Spring's sweet
flowery month
of May,
And wear an Emerald
on their breast,
Shall be beloved,
happy and blessed.

Golly, we guess you are lucky if you're born in May! By the way, Seattle is the "Emerald City"!

The Global arrived ...

Our photos of ships are taken from Seattle looking over Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, Washington, USA.

Hyundai Global heading our way early Saturday morning.

The Global was built in 2009

Flag = United Kingdom
Is there perhaps something aboard destined for you?

Arriving Seattle from Shanghai, China
Remember when people laughed about "Made in China"?

Unusually close to our side of the Port

First Cruiseship 2016 Season ...

Nieuw Amersterdam
Holland America
Arrived April 29th
First cruiseship of the 2016 Season
A couple of ROROs ...

Elektra Vehicles Carrier
Wallenius Wilhelmsen
RORO = Roll On -- Roll Off
Maybe your new car is on here?

Hestia Leader
Vehicles Carrier
NYK Shipmanagement - Singapore

More ships ...

Matson Container -- smaller as compared to others

OOCL Rotterdam
Olympics in the background.

Foreground = Victoria Clipper (Seattle - Victoria, BC)
Middle = Washington State Ferry
Behind the Ferry = Blakely Rock (better be on your navigation chart)
AND a tiny sailboat ... Do you see it?

Flowers from Sunday's walk ...

Shades of Green
Not EXACTLY "flowers" but close ...


Yellow 1

Yellow 2

Yellow 3
Which of the Yellow do you like best?

Skies from last week ...

Thought this dramatic.
April 28th sunset.

Love rays of sunshine.
Not a "Blue Moon" but a moon surrounded by blue!

Almost Full Moon setting into the Olympic Mountains in the west.
April 20th

Great Blue Heron ...

From Sunday's walk ... he/she was in a tree right above the walkway.
Appeared to be feeding on bugs in the tree.
Didn't seem worried about us.
Unusual to get this close ... wish the lighting was better!

Thanks for stopping by John's Island

Thursday, April 28, 2016

An Unusual Fence

One of our good friends, Richard, lives in the United Kingdom. He enjoys photography as a hobby. Although he is not a blogger, he is a loyal follower of John's Island and enjoys following a number of other blogs including the Good Fences meme, hosted by Tex of the Run*Around*Ranch Report. Richard has sent us pictures to use for Good Fences in the past and recently sent yet another fascinating fence he found in the area around Norfolk County, UK. This is quite a unique brick fence and we sure thank Richard for sharing! Can you imagine how the bricklayer put this together?

Find more Good Fences here. Thanks to Tex for hosting.

As long as we're posting for the memes, here are two for SkyWatch Friday. First pic was snapped on the afternoon of April 23rd. After several days of unusually warm, mostly sunny, and dry weather, the clouds rolled in and it was a bit stormy. We like the way the sunlight plays with the clouds.

Looking across Puget Sound from Seattle.
Bainbridge Island and the foothills of the Olympics
in the distance.
Again, the clouds create the magic ...

Sunset April 22nd
Find more SkyWatch photos here.  Thanks to Skywatch co-hosts Yogi, Sandy, and Sylvia!

Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

April - Around the Neighborhood

Does this give away my neighborhood?
Why someone would pay for a big billboard like this,
I don't know ... but I do LIKE it. :-)

All natural Spring arrangement.

Same as above with colored pencil treatment.
How do you like it?

Question: Which one of these do you like best?
Number 1

Number 2

Number 3

California Poppy

What do you see in this unusual cloud formation?

Another shot of the unusual cloud.
The rest of the sky was mostly clear.

Deep in the trees right in the city.

Wonder how this is on an icy day?

From my window I see the flag in the distance.
It's a good wind indicator.
Wind from the South.

Same flag as above, but close up.
Wind from the North.

Something for Good Fences.
More Good Fences are here. Thanks to Tex for hosting

Hapag-Lloyd Container Ship.
Can't resist snapping photos of big ships.

Cleaned out the produce rack and found this.
Guess the conditions for growth in my kitchen are good. :-)

We (Seattle) saved some of the good views for Parks
everyone can enjoy.

A small plaque in front of a bench in the Park (photo above).

The Mountain, The Port, and The Marina
As seen on April 17, 2016.

Known as the "Sounder" ... Rail Transit
between Seattle and Everett, WA

Sounder 101

April 17, 2016
Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Driving in Yellowstone 1915 - 1920

First cars to enter Yellowstone National Park, August 1, 1915 ...

From our collection ... The first (?) Manual for Motorists, 1920 ...

Those of you who have been following us for a while will know John loves ships and trains. Most of our collection is focused on trains and ships. HOWEVER, one very interesting story is the introduction of the automobile into Yellowstone National Park. The Park was created by an Act of Congress in 1872. The first Model T was manufactured by Ford in 1908. Before 1915 the only way to get around in the Park was on foot, horseback, or stagecoach. One of the first manfacturers of cars was the White Motor Company and they were anxious to get cars into the Park. In the picture above, dignitaries in a White Motor Company car lead the official automobile entourage in Yellowstone Park on August 1, 1915. (How about that license plate, WYO -1-) It soon became apparent that operators of the first cars needed some rules and regulations and thus the Manual for Motorists was born. This was a little publication handed out free to all drivers entering the Park ... Similar to the "Yellowstone Today" paper that is now handed out. We are not sure if this Manual for Motorists in our collection is the very first issue but it may well be ... we haven't seen an earlier version. Here is a scan of the whole publication for you. If you find any of this interesting, do tell us about it in the comments.

Our favorite ...

Thanks for stopping by John's Island.