Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

Jerry Lee Lewis got it right ...

A 4.6 earthquake hit Seattle on July 12th and there was a whole lotta shakin' goin' on for 25 or 30 seconds.

Search results for "earthquake seattle" shortly after the quake.
Later revised to 4.6.
No damage here.
Time of major quake = 2:51 AM
July 12, 2019
Snaps from Recent Walks
My walks continue but streak is broken. The streak started on February 26 and I walked 3 miles or more every day through July 4th. >> 129 days <<  No walk on July 5 but back at it on the 6th.

Sunrise at Green Lake, Seattle, WA
July 12, 2019  5:41 AM

Lots of geese and goslings
at Green Lake, July 6, 2109  7:13 AM

Whole bunch of goslings!
Cozy spot for the one in the center?

Seriously at work ... Great Blue Heron
at Green Lake

July 12, 2019  6:13 AM
Special note: Congratulations to Eileen on her 10th Blog Anniversary. She hosts Saturday's Critters every weekend. Check out her excellent blog.

Steller's Jay
at Green Lake, Seattle
July 8, 2019  7:16 AM

at Green Lake, Seattle
July 6, 2019

Morning sky at Green Lake, Seattle, WA
July 6, 2019  7:40 AM
Linking up with more skywatchers at
Skywatch Friday
Thanks, Yogi, for hosting!

Seattle and Mt Rainier on a pretty morning
from Kerry Park

July 9, 2019  5:33 AM

Maritime Snaps
Taken from home ...

Freighters pass in early morning light.
Puget Sound, near Seattle, Washington

July 11, 2019  4:58 AM

US Coast Guard Cutter Healy
July 10, 2019 4:00 PM
Entering Elliott Bay, Seattle, WA
In the background ...
Alki Beach, West Seattle
Vashon Island
Colvos Passage

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Recent Walks through July 4th

Snaps from Recent Walks

As it looked at the start of my last few walks ...

July 1, 2019
At Green Lake, Seattle
(My favorite pic from recent days.)
Great Blue Heron on the dock just after sunrise.
July 4, 2019 **Today**
At Green Lake, Seattle
Overcast but dry.

Thankful for the USA, all our freedoms, and
so much more!
Linking up with Thankful Thursday
and thanks to Michelle for hosting!
July 3, 2019
At Green Lake, Seattle
Hazy, misty, almost raining.

July 2, 2019
Neighborhood Walk
View from Kerry Park
Seattle, WA

June 30, 2019
At Green Lake, Seattle
Linking up with the sky watchers at Skywatch Friday
Thanks, Yogi, for hosting!

June 29, 2019
At Green Lake, Seattle
More pics from recent walks ...

At Green Lake, Seattle
Great Blue Heron

At Green Lake, Seattle
Mallard duck family

At Green Lake, Seattle

At Green Lake, Seattle
Yet another duck family at rest.

At Green Lake, Seattle
Zoomed out from pic above.

At Green Lake, Seattle
Good to see Mr. Turtle was out for some sunshine.
June 30th

At Green Lake, Seattle
Learning from Mom?

At Green Lake, Seattle

At Green Lake, Seattle
A pretty day to be on the lake.
Tuesday, July 2, raining all day and I put off going to Green Lake.
Finally decided to walk the neighborhood about 4 PM.
Neat to see these young folks getting wedding pics done
despite the rain. This is at Kerry Park, well known Seattle overlook.

At Green Lake, Seattle
Preparations underway for the
annual "Swim Across Green Lake"
Large orange floats will be used to
mark a swimmer only zone.

Friday, June 28, 2019

June Walks 23rd -> 28th

Daily walks around Green Lake in Seattle, Washington

Following are photos snapped after parking the car at Green Lake and ready to start the appx. 3-mile walk around the lake. Click on images for larger view.

June 23 - 24
#walk118 - #walk119
At Green Lake, Seattle

June 25 - 26
#walk120 - #walk121
At Green Lake, Seattle

June 27 - 28
#walk122 - #walk123
At Green Lake, Seattle
Weather Report:  Dry, except June 23 raining. Comfortable temps for walking. All walks early mornings, except Tuesday started at 12:40 pm.

Linking up with sky watchers at Skywatch Friday.  Thanks to Yogi♪♪♪ for hosting.

A few more snaps from the last few days at Green Lake ...

Bald Eagle - June 27th
At Green Lake, Seattle

Bald Eagle - June 27th
At Green Lake, Seattle

Doesn't this eagle look serious?

Starting point for most walks, looking northwest.
At Green Lake, Seattle

Mallard duck family.

Goslings at rest.

One cute gosling!

Can't believe the Cottonwood trees!

A good way to go fishing.
At Green Lake, Seattle

Can't believe the Nymphaeaceae
aka water lilies 😉
at Green Lake, Seattle

Canada Geese and some older goslings.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Week of June Walks - 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

Snaps from last few daily walks ...

June 22 - Saturday - Coyote!

Today's walk highlight -- Coyote
A moment when I wish I had one of those big cameras with
super-fast lens. This coyote wasn't going to stand still for a perfect shot.
This was a first for me at Green Lake.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

The coyote again.
This spotting was near the end of today's walk.
I never expected to see a coyote in this highly urbanized area.
June 22nd

First snap today.
Cloudy, 57F (14C), no wind, dry.
At Green Lake, June 22, 2019  6:03 AM
Great walk weather!

Mallard family
At Green Lake, June 22nd

Closer look at the little ones
Green Lake, June 22nd

Yet another Mallard family nearby the ones in the snaps above.
At Green Lake, June 22nd

Looking across the lake for a last snap today.
Green Lake, Seattle, Washington
June 22, 2019
June 21 - Friday - #walk116* - Summer Solstice

The summer solstice occurred in Seattle, June 21, 2019, at 8:54 AM PDT. From that moment onward we are leaving the longest day of the year behind and heading toward the winter solstice, shortest day of the year, December 21, 2019. Daylight is calculated as the time between sunrise and sunset. On June 21 daylight in Seattle was 15 hours 59 minutes. On December 21 it will be 8 hours 25 minutes. Another way to look at this --- June 21 --- has the shortest night of the year.

*The #walk116 refers to this being my 116th walk of about 3 miles every day without missing a day. I started this streak of daily walks on February 26. Most walks have been around the lake at Green Lake Park, Seattle, WA, USA.

At the start of the walk a media guy with video camera set up
at the lake. My guess ... to catch sunrise, at Green Lake,

 on summer solstice.
Sadly, too cloudy to be successful.
At Green Lake, Seattle, WA
June 21, 2019  5:43 AM

Geese on the go.
At Green Lake, June 21st

June 20 - Thursday - #walk115

How it looked at the start of today's walk at Green Lake.
52F (11C) almost zero wind, mostly cloudy.
June 20, 2019  5:57 AM

Rowing in the "steam"
June 20 at Green Lake

Looking toward Duck Island
at Green Lake
June 20th
Reflections:  I'm surprising myself with this streak of daily walks. Today, June 20, is my 115th walk without missing a day. The streak started on February 26th and doesn't include 5 walks in January and 18 walks in February before I resolved to see far I could go without missing a day. Lately I've been tempted to stay at home and relax with another cup of coffee. What could it hurt? Well, I'm overall feeling better than I have since 2014 when I was doing a regular walk. And, now, I'm thinking taking a day off now and then might even be beneficial. Although the streak is still going, some things here on the blog are changing. In March, April, and May I posted almost every day with pictures from the walks. I'm still taking at least one picture for every walk but I am reducing the frequency of posting those pics. It has been interesting to watch Spring unfold at Green Lake. Summer begins tomorrow, June 21.

Haven't seen a heron for days!
Finally, spotted this one, this morning.
At Green Lake, June 20th
It seemed almost like she/he was waiting
for me to show up and snap the picture.
To see a neat blog post about Great Egrets,
 check out Saturday's Critters. Great Egrets look 
like Great Blue Herons except for the coloring.

Zoomed out to give you the larger scene.
Great Blue Heron at Green Lake
June 20th

Last snap this morning.
Some parts of the lake like a mirror.
June 20, 2019 at Green Lake
June 19 - Wednesday - #walk114

One snap for June 19th at Green Lake
A mostly cloudy morning.

June 18 - Tuesday - #walk113

Neighborhood walk today.
These flowers stopped me.
Today's walk in Magnolia neighborhood, Seattle.
2.97 miles
June 18, 2019  3:25 PM

June 17 - Monday - #walk112

One snap at the start of my walk ... June 17, 2019
At Green Lake, Seattle, WA
5:41 AM

June 16 - Sunday - #walk113

Beautiful, mostly sunny skies, at the start of the walk, June 16, 2019
At Green Lake, Seattle, WA
6:10 AM

At Green Lake
June 16th

Geese and goslings
at Green Lake
June 16, 2019

Closer look at the goslings.
June 16th at Green Lake

I'm amazed at the amount of cover due to the
cottonwood tree seeds.
June 16th at Green Lake
Wondering what the chances are for just ONE germination?

"cotton" from cottonwood trees
at Green Lake, June 16th

Mallard family
at Green Lake
June 16th

Last snap at the end of the walk.
June 16th at Green Lake

Just 5 days until Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere
and the sun is about as far north on the western horizon
as it will get. Here is sunset on June 16th from home.
Sun gets close, but not quite, to the water tank on
the western horizon hillside.
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