Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Winter Skywatch and More

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Sky Watch

Last "mostly clear sky" sunset of 2017
December 20th  4:17 PM
Almost Winter Solstice and the sun is setting
as far south on the western horizon as it gets in its
annual journey.
Last sunset of 2017
Looking southwest from Seattle
over Puget Sound
December 31, 2017, 4:39 PM

First colorful sunset of 2018
January 3rd  4:24 PM

Early morning light on the Olympic Mountains
January 3rd  8:40 AM
Looking over the entrance to Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island

For the two pictures below ... the first is an early morning shot looking west over Elliott Bay Marina to the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Notice all the sailboats in the Marina. The second shot shows how some of the sailboat owners decorated with lights for the holiday season.

For more sky photos, check out Skywatch Friday. Thanks, Yogi, for hosting!

Ship Watch

The first photo below might just as well have gone in the Sky Watch category. Well, we happened to be walking along the edge of Elliott Bay, on January 11th, when we saw the giant Hapag-Lloyd Leverkusen Express arriving. The sun was back there behind the clouds so the only possiblity was a shadow shot but we kind of like the way it turned out.  More info on Leverkusen Express

Hapag-Lloyd Leverkusen Express
Arriving Port of Seattle
January 11th  3:15 PM
Going from large to small, the shot below is of the "Goodtime II" which is a tourist vessel operated by Argosy Cruises of Seattle. People pile on this little boat and cruise around the area for an hour or so and seem to love it.

Goodtime II
Argosy Cruises, Seattle
We're sliding back to December for the shot below. It was a cloudy day but the colors on this container ship came through amazingly well.
Cosco Shipping, Cosco Asia
Arriving Port of Seattle
December 16, 2017  1:44 PM


It's time once again to join up with Maria's Postcards for the Weekend. The theme this week is "aerial views." It did take a while, looking through our collection, to find the card below. We sure don't have many aerial views. You won't be surprised our find features Seattle in the early 1960s. The card has a glossy surface which has deteriorated in the top corners over the years. The main feature of the card is, according to the description on the back, U. S. Highway 5. Wow, that's before it was called "Interstate 5"! The view is looking from the North, over Lake Union, the Space Needle (completed in 1962), and Puget Sound in the distance. The body of water that snakes around the bottom of the view is the "ship canal" between Lake Union and Lake Washington, which is off to the left of the view. Today, Interstate 5 is one of the busiest roads in the state and goes from border to border on the West Coast. The full description on the back of the card:  "A magnificent aerial view of Seattle from the North. From the two-level Freeway Bridge (U. S. Highway 5) which crosses over the University Bridge and leads the traffic toward downtown, one sees Lake Union in the foreground and Elliott Bay in the distance. In the upper center stands the 640-foot Space Needle with its eye looking toward West Seattle."

For more postcards with aerial views check out Postcards for the Weekend. Thanks to Maria for hosting.

"Seattle Freeway"
Aerial view postcard.

Description:  A magnificent aerial view of Seattle from the North
Color photo by Max R Jensen
Published by C P Johnston Company, Seattle
ca. 1963

Snow Watch

While the USA has been hammered recently with cold, snow, and ice, here in Seattle we've had only one major snowfall and it happened, of all things, on Christmas Day. We could show you a lot of snow pics, but this one, of the tree in our front yard, kind of tells the story of how much snow we got. Guessing it was somewhere between 2 and 3 inches. Lots of snow people were constructed. Notice we were not gender specific ... thank you.

Christmas Day 2017

Flu Watch

While we were looking through the collection for a postcard today we happened to see the ink blotter below. For younger folks out there who've never heard of an "ink blotter" they were handed out in the first half of the last century by merchants as a form of advertising. The one below is from the Cole Chemical Company, St. Louis, Missouri. The code at bottom right is "3-44-85M" which probably means 85,000 copies were printed in March, 1944. The "flu" is a big story in the USA this winter and several people, seemingly in good shape, have died as a result of the sickness. The Cole Company offered coated capsules in bottles of 100, and of all things, included a bit of opium! Notice the warning -- "may be habit-forming." By the way, when did we quit calling them "chemical companies" and start calling them "pharmaceuticals"?

Derfule by Cole Chemical Company
Closing thought ...

Our closing thought comes from the Circling Year Calendar for 1917, which we posted January 15th (our previous post) and is titled, Contentment.  "The happy state of mind so rarely possessed in which we can say, “I have enough,” is the highest attainment of philosophy. Happiness consists not in possessing much but in being content with what we possess. He who wants little always has enough." Zimmerman

Thanks for stopping by John's Island. Wishing you all a good week ahead!

Monday, January 15, 2018

1917 All Over Again?

Hello from John's Island. Thank you for joining us as we begin our 8th year in the blogosphere. This year we will continue to share some items from our collection of stuff older than we are! Our first item is, appropriately enough, the Circling Year Calendar for 1917. You see, 2018 is the same, only different. Well, what we mean is the days are all lined up the same way. And each week there is a little quotation that seems to apply just as well today as it did 101 years ago! We'll add more pages as time goes by. Let us know if you like the quotations.


Ship Watch, Sky Watch, Postcards and more will return soon. Happy New Year to all my followers and friends. Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

December Holidays

To: You    From: John
From our postcard collection ...
A vintage card from early 1900s
Artist unknown.

Back of the unused card.
Note: One cent domestic postage,
"Foreign" two cents.
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More December holidays postcards at Maria's Postcards for the Weekend. Take a look ... there are some neat ones! Thanks to Maria for hosting.

Oh Boy!
Not a postcard but a "first day of issue" for the
Electric Toy Trains 32 cent stamp May 28th 1998
[Reminds me of a Christmas way before '98]

Closer look at the Electric Toy Trains stamp.

Sky Watch

December 10th  4:10 PM
Maybe some of the orange is due to smoke from California fires.
On the right:  A Washington State Ferry enroute to Bainbridge Island
from Seattle.

December 10th  4:13 PM
Just a couple of minutes later than previous shot.
Tiny speck is a tug ... gives some scale to the scene.
Note: Contrail shadows on cloud layer above.
Check out more sky photos at Skywatch Friday. Thanks to Yogi for hosting!

December 13th  4:15 PM
Just about the moment of sunset.
Be sure to note the dark cloud at center.

December 13th  4:30 PM
After the previous photo ...
Just enough later for the sun to light up the clouds.

And a Happy New Year ... 

Yes, this is our old music box, and, yes, we've shared this before, and, yes, we wish you a very Happy New Year.  All the best to you in 2018!

TO: All

Thanks for stopping by John's Island. This will be our last post for 2017. See you again in 2018 as we begin our 8th year. A BIG Thank You to all who have visited and each one who has left me a kind comment! Best wishes of the season and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tree - Ships - Skies - Postcards

One word: Resolute
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In last week's post we showed you some pictures from our recent visit to Canon Beach, Oregon. Thank you for all the kind words about those photos! The pic above is one we didn't share last week. Actually, this one is one of our favorites from that group. This is an old tree at Ecola State Park right at the crest of a hill along the beach.  If you walked forward, in this photo, right past the tree, the trail (if it existed, which it doesn't) would go right down to the Pacific Ocean. The prevailing winds from the ocean have shaped this tree. To us it seems to suggest resolution.

Ship Watch

By way of explanation, for new visitors, our place in Seattle allows a view of ship traffic in and out of the Port of Seattle, Washington, USA. We enjoy snapping pictures of these ships and sharing the photos here on the blog.

December 7th  4:27 PM
A Matson Container ship arriving just about 15
minutes after a beautiful sunset. 

December 10th  10:01 AM
Atlas Bulk Carrier departing today for
Tomakomai, Japan  ETA: Dec 25th
What's inside? Probably grain.

December 10th  10:38 AM
USS Nimitz - CVN-68 Nuclear-powered Multimission Aircraft Carrier
The Nimitz arrived Naval Base Kitsap today after a 6-month deployment.
In the photo, the ship is about 3 miles from our window!
Note the tiny sailboat for some scale.

Sky Watch

All of the sky photos below were taken from our place looking out over Puget Sound.

Stormy afternoon.
December 1st  3:42 PM
Enjoy more sky photos at Skywatch Friday. Thanks to Yogi for hosting!

Panorama - Olympic Mountain Range from Seattle
December 7th  4:58 PM
About 45 minutes after sunset.
Very clear air.

Very smoky air from California fires.
December 9th  3:53 PM

December 4th  4:09 PM
Ten minutes before "official" sunset time.
This is about as far south on the western horizon
as the sun will set as we near winter solstice.


This weekend Maria's Postcards for the Weekend link-up theme is "Museum/University." Those of us who collect postcards are to dig through our collection and find some cards to share that match the theme. Those of you who have followed us for a while will know that a large part of our postcard collection is related to Yellowstone National Park. So, sure enough, we found a card showing the Museum at Mammoth Hot Springs. Thanks to Maria for hosting the link-up.

Mammoth Hot Springs Museum
Photo by Haynes, Official Photographer

Back of the unused card
Note:  One cent postage required.
The current rate in 2017 is 34 cents.

Description enlarged.

Closing thought ...
     Ninety percent of this game is half mental.
     Yogi Berra

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Canon Beach - Skies - Postcards

Canon Beach, Oregon

We spent a couple of days on the Oregon Coast. Here are some pics from that trip ...

Looking South from the lodge on the beach.
Canon Beach, Oregon

Looking North from the lodge.

Iconic Haystack Rock
Yes, that's a person, below and with a yellow jacket.

View of Haystack from the beach,
looking to the North.

Way down the beach, looking North,
yes, shadow is mine. :-)
More info about Canon Beach.

Keeping the lawn clipped at the lodge
More critters to enjoy at Saturday's Critters. Thanks to Eileen for hosting.

This guy wasn't afraid at all!

Looking South along the beach from Ecola State Park

From Ecola State Park, looking South
Coast Range mountains to the left.
Haystack way down there.

Ecola Park picnic area.
Looking to the West and out to the Pacific
Next land ... Japan?

Driving out of Ecola Park
Sunbeams breaking through after a heavy rain.

Sky Watch 

Not our usual view of the Olympic Mountains
but one from Camano Island, north of Seattle.
November 18th  5:41 PM

Olympic Mountains from Seattle
Clouds breaking before sunset
November 7th  4:35 PM
More sky photos to enjoy at Skywatch Friday. Thanks to Yogi for hosting.

Ship traffic in Puget Sound
Two Brothers Mountain in the distance.
November 7th  4:36 PM

November 10th  4:34 PM
Sunset over the Sound

A Postcard for the Weekend

We've been thinking about a postcard to include in this post for Maria's Postcards for the Weekend. Thanks to Maria for hosting. This week the theme is "Anything you wish." The card we are sharing is a very old one: Rain in the Face, Sioux Warchief. Here is part of what Wiki has to say about him:  "Rain-in-the-Face (c. 1835 – September 15, 1905) was a Warchief of the Lakota tribe of Native Americans. His mother was a Dakota related to the band of famous Chief Inkpaduta." Biography is here.

Rain in the Face
Sioux Warchief
Copyright 1904 by F A Rinehart

Back of the unused card.

Thanks for stopping by John's Island!