Friday, December 28, 2012
Yes, today we celebrate our 2nd birthday here on John's Island. Two years of blogging and it has been a lot of fun. We take this opportunity to thank all our followers and especially those who have given us the kind comments!
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Posted by John's Island at 12:10 AM
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
We caught a fleeting glimpse of Santa and Mrs. Claus thanks to Gregg's Cycle shop in a classic old Seattle neighborhood. We are not sure if Santa is giving us a left-handed salute or perhaps that the whole thing is giving him a headache. Either way, it is sure nice to see them together and Mrs. Claus with such a nice smile. This spotting reminded us to pass along Season's Greetings from John's Island. Wishing you and your family the best for the holidays.
We will leave you with a memorable 2008 mountain sunrise from our archives. The scene is in the Madison Valley of Montana. Not exactly the middle-of-nowhere, but pretty close. Thanks for stopping by John's Island.
Posted by John's Island at 6:55 AM
Monday, December 17, 2012
If you had traveled to Glacier National Park about 90 years ago you might have stopped at the gift shop in the Lodge and picked up a little something to help you remember your trip. Perhaps it would have been this little playing-card sized box of Handcolored Art Views of the Park. The little 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 cards, offered in a slip-cover box, are called "handcolored" because this was before color photography. Black and white photos were taken and then hand colored by artists. And, of course, it would be nice to pick up "half a hundred" of the cards for only $1.00.
Here at John's Island we collect this sort of memorabilia. We are especially interested in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. This time of year when we are inside we like to go through and enjoy some of these things in the collection. These little cards were produced by T. J. Hileman, who was the Official Photographer of Glacier National Park and you can read more about him here.
|Bear Grass on Iceberg Lake Trail|
|Cut Bank Chalets and River|
|Garden Wall and Valley|
|Glacier Park Hotel|
|Grinnell Lake and Glacier|
|Josephine Lake and Gould Mountain|
|Lake Ellen Wilson from Gunsight Pass|
|Lake St Mary below Narrows|
|Lobby Glacier Park Hotel|
|Lobby Many Glacier Hotel|
|Many Glacier Hotel|
|Morning Eagle Falls|
|South from Granite Park|
|Sunset McDermott Lake|
|Swift Current Glacier and Trail|
|Switchbacks Swift Current Trail|
|Tourists at Many Glacier Hotel|
|Two Medicine Chalets|
|Two Medicine Lake from Chalets|
|Two Medicine Lake|
As you were looking at the cards you may have noticed some deterioration. They are, after all, somewhere around 90 years old. In several ways they can actually be enjoyed more now looking at them online. For example, they are enlarged here about 3x and it is easy to click through them. Thank you for stopping by John's Island. We welcome and appreciate your kind comments.
Posted by John's Island at 5:06 AM
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Join John on a walk around Green Lake's Pathway of Lights, December, 2012. The Seattle Parks Department and the Green Lake Community do a wonderful job of putting this together. The walk around the lake is almost 3 miles and the entire trail is illuminated.
|John thought about Skywatch Friday when snapping this one.|
If you were watching the sky this night, you saw little blue lights floating around
up in the sky. In this photo they look like stars.
|Holiday Wizards playing classical music.|
|Joyful sounds included.|
|Don't miss the smoke trails from lights in the sky|
|More joyful sounds|
|John thought these last two shots would qualify for|
Thanks for stopping by John's Island and a good weekend to all!
Posted by John's Island at 5:43 AM