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Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

Monday, February 14, 2011

Church at Dawn


Seattle's Immaculate Conception Church at dawn. Cascade Mountains in the background. February 10, 2011.

Friends: I'm out-of-the-office for a couple of weeks, somewhere over the ocean blue. Next post in early March. Until then, take care and be well!

Thanks for stopping by the Island!

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Emerald City from Mount Baker Ridge Viewpoint


When they say "The Emerald City" ... This is what they're talking about.

It's not unusual to get a nice break in the weather in February. Yesterday was one of those nice days and I decided to see how the city looked from the relatively unknown Mt Baker Ridge Viewpoint. Our view here is looking to the west-northwest. City center is a little over 2 miles distant and the Olympic Mountains a little over 40 miles. The perspective from this location gives some interesting effects such as the Space Needle (near right edge) looking almost at ground level. Actually, it's 605 feet in height.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dawn Over the Cascades


My window on the world looks mostly to the west, but there is a spot in the building where I can catch the eastern horizon. One morning last May the conditions looked good for a sunrise shot. As it turned out I liked this early dawn scene better with the steeple on the left and the church domes on the right. Seattle is situated on a narrow isthmus between Puget Sound (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington. The closer ridge in the photo is the summit of the isthmus. In the distance, The Cascade Mountain Range about 50 miles away. Be sure to click on the photo to see a larger image.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Back Trackin' to Fort Worth

First of all, a brief, but BIG, Thank You, to all followers. I sure appreciate all the encouraging comments and hope all of you will visit often.

In a recent post I mentioned being a "railfan", one of the more friendly terms given to those of us who are fascinated, in one way or another, with trains. My fascination with railroads started way back in the 60s. (Yes, I know, almost a forever ago.) I was just getting interested in photography as well. Back tracking to that time, I was living in Fort Worth, Texas, and a new bridge had just been built over the rail yards west of downtown.



I went to the bridge late one afternoon to capture the shot above. I wish I could remember what kind of camera I had. I think it was a Pentax. In those days I saved most of my pictures in the form of 35mm slides. Scanned it into the computer and used Photoshop Elements to clean up the dust and scratches from 40+ years of storage.

I hope someone in Fort Worth sees this and lets me know if the skyline has changed much. LOL. Taking a look at Google Maps I can see that the rail yards probably haven't changed too much.

One more shot below was taken from the same spot but very early one morning just at dawn. Fort Worth's tallest building at the time had a giant clock on top which displayed digital time on one side and CNB on the other, for Continental National Bank.  It's fun to reflect on images taken so long ago.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Portal to the Pacific





If you decided to visit Seattle by car from someplace in the east, you would probably arrive via Interstate 90. As you get close to the city you will cross Mercer Island, and then Lake Washington on one of the world’s longest floating (yes, floating!) bridges, and then enter a tunnel, over which are the words “Seattle – Portal to the Pacific”.  I like this but I’m not sure what to call it. Is it a motto, a slogan, a nickname … well, it’s too long for a nickname. But, it’s like The Big Apple for NYC or The Windy City for Chicago. Well, whatever you want to call it, it’s true. And that leads me back to my last post about ocean shipping. We see the big ships in Seattle all the time, but the locals rarely seem to pay much attention. So, I thought I should go down to the waterfront and see if I could get a little better picture to feature for Portal to the Pacific.  My friends back in the Mid-West see these grain silos a lot. Not so often do you see them built right next to water for loading the grain onto cargo ships. American farmers are pretty amazing. Not only do they feed us, but also a lot of people all over the rest of the world.  I’m not sure where this ship might be headed. Maybe someone will read this and leave me a comment about how to know where ships currently in harbor are destined to go.


By the way, be sure to click on the photo to see the larger view. When you do that, look carefully on the right to see Mt. Rainier in the distance.