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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tulip Festival

The annual Skagit Tulip Festival is underway in the Pacific Northwest. Last Sunday (April 22, 2012) we drove up to snap a few pictures. The weather was just perfect and we were impressed with the flowers. Please click on the photos for the larger view. As always, we appreciate your comments and thank you for stopping by John's Island.



We found the random red among the yellow to be a curious fascination. A close-up is shown further below.


















Friday, April 20, 2012

Space Needle Lunch - 50 Years Ago

Hello followers and visitors. Tomorrow, April 21, 2012, will be the 50th Anniversary -- Opening Day of the Seattle World's Fair, aka Century 21 Exposition. I'm celebrating with some memories of my own trip to Seattle in 1962. My mother and I traveled by train from Texas to attend the Fair. We had lunch at the Space Needle and a photographer snapped our picture. When we arrived back home we received the little memory folder shown below.


Opening up the folder shows us dining in "the eye of the needle" restaurant. (Be sure to click on photo for a larger view.) And take a look at that photo of downtown Seattle in 1962!



The postmark on the back of the mailer is dated July 19, 1962, and postage was only 4 cents! The Space Needle even had their own postmark.


Wow, time sure flies! Fifty years already. Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Moonset and Sunrise in the Emerald City

Welcome followers and visitors! Earlier this morning we looked out our little window on the world to find clear skies and the full moon setting. We were lucky to catch the sight as the moon was getting near the horizon and slipping down between the skyscrapers. Below, a couple of photos show the scene. Then, a while later, the rising sun is nicely reflected in Two Union Tower. Thankfully, Two Union's exterior is largely like a mirror that shows us what's going on in the eastern sky, which is not part of our window's view. Most of you probably live in areas where clear skies are common, but not so much so here in the Emerald City. So, the combination of sun, moon, and sky conditions made it all pretty special.





As always, thank you for stopping by John's Island.