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Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

Monday, May 20, 2019

May 20 at Green Lake

Raining very lightly this morning at Green Lake ...

At the start of today's walk around Green Lake
May 20, 2019  5:38 AM
Thanks to the earth's tilt on its axis we get a variation in the amount of daylight thoughout the year that, at Seattle's northern latitude, varies from about 16 hours, on June 21, the longest day, to about 8 1/2 hours, on December 21, the shortest day. I've learned to appreciate the difference. Today, for example, I am able to start my walk just after 5:30 AM, with plenty of light for a walk. However, as you can see in the next two photos, the amount of light wasn't enough to get perfect focus. Add to that just a tiny amount of movement and the pics don't have the sharpness I like. Even so, I loved seeing the little duckling resting on a rock with mom nearby. I watched them for a moment and, of course, they started to work on breakfast.

At Green Lake, May 20th

At Green Lake, May 20th

At Green Lake, May 20th
I need to do more research but I think these are folks
getting lessons in rowing.
 Yesterday ...

Aboard Washington State Ferry MV Hyak
May 19, 2019
We spent most of yesterday, Sunday, across Puget Sound, near Shelton, Washington. Although we could have driven all the way over there, we decided to take one of the State Ferries just for fun. We ended up aboard MV Hyak both going over and coming back. On our return trip we missed the 4:15 PM sailing by 5 minutes. All was not lost as we ended up first car in line for the 5:30 sailing. As we crossed the Sound I was able to snap a couple of pics of downtown Seattle as we approached. The afternoon sun was lighting up the scene nicely. As you can see in the picture above, and those below, it was the next best thing to driving on the water.

Approaching Seattle on Ferry Hyak
May 19, 2019

Zoomed out to capture downtown Seattle
Aboard Ferry Hyak

May 19, 2019
 April 2, 2019 ...

Here on the blog, on April 2nd, I posted some pictures of the cherry trees in bloom at the University of Washington campus. On my drive over to the UW I went by djan's restaurant on 45th Street. In the past I've driven by several times and always thought I should snap a pic for my loyal follower DJan who publishes one of my favorite blogs Eye on the Edge. So, on April 2nd, I had the camera ready and snapped the pic below for DJan. Hi DJan, hope you enjoy! 😊

djan's on 45th Street, Seattle, WA

Sunday, May 19, 2019

May 19 at Green Lake

Early Sunday morning walk at Green Lake ...

A break in the clouds to the east created a colorful sunrise.
Light rain at the start of the walk tapered off later.
At Green Lake, Seattle, WA

May 19, 2019, 5:38 AM
It's Sunday but I'm linking up with Skywatch Friday anyway and thanks to Yogi♪♪♪ for hosting.

Mom and 8
At Green Lake this morning.
May 19, 2019
 Happy "May Long Weekend" to my Canadian friends.

Walk is done, sun is up.
Just a few other walkers up early today.

At Green Lake, May 19th
Comment reply: Happyone ... It is 4.4 miles from home to the parking spot at Green Lake.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

May 18 at Green Lake

An early Saturday morning walk around Green Lake ...

At the start of today's early walk.
Partly cloudy, zero wind, just a tad chilly ... perfect for a walk.
At Green Lake, Seattle, WA, May 18th  5:37 AM

Mallard family.
Mom is behind the little ones and Dad is staying a bit
farther away.

At Green Lake, May 18, 2019
 Linking up today with Saturday's Critters #283

Nearly done with the walk.
I like the green trees and the reflections.

At Green Lake, May 18, 2019

The walk is done and the sun is up.
At Green Lake, May 18, 2019
 A couple more pics, just for good measure ...

Snapped from home.
The Norwegian Joy cruise ship arriving in Seattle this morning.
She is returning from a 7 day cruise up to Alaska.

May 18, 2019  5:00 AM

Last night's sunset was pretty amazing.
May 17, 2019  8:28 PM
On the clock we are now 4 hours later than the earliest
sunsets in December. And the sun is setting nearly as
far north on the western horizon as it will before
summer solstice.



Friday, May 17, 2019

May 17 at Green Lake

Walking in the rain today at Green Lake ...

At the start of today's walk ...
Light rain, 53F (11C)
At Green Lake, May 17th  6:20 AM

Several humans enjoying the water.
At Green Lake, May 17, 2019

Mom and some little ducklings.One duckling almost out of sight on left behind greenery.
At Green Lake, May 17, 2019

Geese family ... probably the same family we've seen before.I say that based on where they are in the Park.
At Green Lake, May 17, 2019

Puddle art/selfie.
I have a old friend who must be in EVERY photo he takes.
Yes, I mean every photo.
So, I thought of him when I snapped this.

At Green Lake, May 17, 2019

Now tell me, have you ever seen something like this before?
The fisher-bird seems to be saying something to the fisher-human.
Maybe not so complimentary?
My money goes on the heron for first catch.

At Green Lake, May 17, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

May 16 at Green Lake

Cloudy, misty morning but no rain today at Green Lake ...

At the start of today's walk I see at least one person out
for a row.
Notice the misty haze in the distance.
Common this time of year.
Sometimes it burns off to a clear sky.
Today, however the forecast calls for rain.

May 16 at Green Lake, Seattle, WA  7:03 AM

May 16 at Green Lake, Seattle, WA

May 16 at Green Lake, Seattle, WA
Any birders out there know, Is this a mallard?
It looks like one but the coloring is different than
the ones I see most commonly.


Another walk is done ... one last snap before heading back home.
May 16 at Green Lake, Seattle, WA
Notes to self ...

Today I'm linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday because I'm thankful that I'm able, at my age, to walk daily and enjoy the beauty of nature. These daily walks of about 3 miles have truly improved my sense of well being. I went to the dentist last week for a regular cleaning. The first thing they do is take the blood pressure. I got the best results I have ever had in my whole life. The dentist said, Wow, What's changed? I told her I've been walking every day since late February. So, I'm just feeling thankful today. Thank you Michelle for hosting the meme.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Capilano Suspension Bridge AND Green Lake

May 15th a Long Entry in my Journal ...

Green Lake AND Capilano Suspension Bridge to a
walk in a Rainforest

Green Lake was Photogenic this morning ...

A stop on the way to Green Lake was necessary to capture
this morning's sunrise looking over Lake Union.
The sun is rising over the Cascade Mountains to the east.

May 15, 2019

Ready to start today's walk around Green Lake, Seattle, WA
Starting a few minutes after time of sunrise.

May 15, 2019  5:43 AM

May 15 at Green Lake, Seattle

May 15 at Green Lake, Seattle
Yes, they are at work very early.
Green Lake Crew

May 15 at Green Lake, Seattle

OK, this time I see 10 little ones and 1 mom.
Could they all be her's?
Amazing.

May 15 at Green Lake, Seattle

Sun is up over the trees on the horizon.
A good looking morning!

May 15 at Green Lake, Seattle

May 15 at Green Lake, Seattle

The only island in Green Lake is known as Duck Island.
It's a bit hard to capture because it so often blends in with the background.
Today's morning light sets it apart.

May 15 at Green Lake, Seattle

First bloom in this group right along the edge of the lake.
May 15 at Green Lake, Seattle

Blue Jay at Green Lake
😉
May 15 at Green Lake, Seattle

Hazards of an early morning walk.
May 15 at Green Lake, Seattle

Another walk is done.
May 15 at Green Lake, Seattle
Looking back, for a moment, to May 10th, for my walk ...
Across Capilano Suspension Bridge and an Unusual
Rainforest Walk

At my hotel I asked a local expert for walk suggestions.
#1 was around Stanley Park ... see that one here.
#2 was this walk ... over the
Capilano Suspension Bridge and an unusual rainforest walk.
In the photo above, I'm at the pickup spot for the free
shuttle to Capilano. I'm on the first tour today.
May 10, 2019, Vancouver, BC

There is a free shuttle to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, about 15-20
minutes or so on one of those big tour busses. There is a fee
at the Park entrance.

From downtown Vancouver we must go over the
marvelous Lion's Gate Bridge. The bus driver suggested we come
up to the front to snap pics, if we wanted, and so I did.

At the Bridge Park entrance.
The sky is clear and it is unusually warm today.
Lucky to have such a great day for a walk in a rainforest.
The whole area here is a part of the
Pacific Temperate Rainforest

Sign celebrating Kiapalano,
British Columbia's earliest human connection to nature.

Many totem poles are on display.

To access the rainforest it is necessary
to cross over the Capilano River
I'm ready to cross the suspension bridge and will let
these folks ahead of me get their photos done.

A little bit of selfie if we include the shadow.
😉

Walking across this suspension bridge isn't for those afraid of heights.
It sways, for sure, and you can make it sway more if you want.
It's about 230 feet (70m) down to the river below.

After crossing the bridge and looking back.
I got lucky again and was one of the first to
get across.

Snack station, of course.

Several cool signs tell the story.
They are designed to look like books.

Beginning the walk in the rainforest.

Next comes the most intresting part ... the walk continues
suspended between the giant trees.

Giants

Really big giants
that need a lot of rain!

It is a challenge to capture the feeling of
looking up at tree tops. It's
WAY up there!

Walkway suspended between trees.





Yes, it's a long way down there.

I love the way so many humans have to get "in the picture."
I don't feel like I need to get in the picture to remember I was there.
😊



Back down on ground level and impressed with the
SIZE of these trees.
Yes, size does matter.


All done with the walk ... spent about two hours going just about
2 miles around inside this park. So, slow going, but fascinating.

Decided to wrap it up with a cup of ice cream.
Two scoops ... Raspberry Cream and Lemon Sorbet
Ready to get back on the bus and back to downtown where
I added on a few more steps just good measure.
May 10, 2019, at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.