From our collection of old postcards ...
|Christmas Tree Park|
Yellowstone National Park
As it appeared in about 1910
Essentially this is the West Entrance to YNP
|Back of the card|
|Description on back enlarged.|
|(Roughly) How the same spot looks today|
as shown on Google Maps Steetview.
This view is just after leaving the western entance gate.
On July 4th the Hyundai Global container ship pulled up and anchored right in front of us. Well, we may be speaking a little bit loosely on that, but really, it was straight out the window. Here are a couple of our pics of the Global ...
|Hyundai Global Container Ship|
Home Port: London
The ship was on its way out of Puget Sound and anchored for only a couple of hours. We were curious about why, but don't have any answers. The first picture belies the size of the ship. Consider that you may have seen just one of those containers being pulled along by a truck on the freeway right next to your car and you get an idea of the size. We put our spotting scope on the Global and were impressed with just the size of the anchor cable. Wish we could have gotten a photo for you but here is one from the web that gives a good idea of the size of the individual links in the chain ...
|Just one link weighs about 500 pounds.|
By the way, when we were researching anchor chain on the web we happened to find an interesting video. Have you ever seen a container ship being run into the ground on purpose? Take a look ...
The short story on the grounding ... The main engine had failed and they lost reliable control of where the ship was headed, so to prevent collisions with other ships in the crowded channel, the authorities and the Captain decided to ground her. (Full story is in the video's description on YouTube. The video was posted by Corinne Vigniel.)
Color on our walkThe next three photos are all taken in a spot that many might classify as "weeds".
|First, the pod ... about to bloom|
|On the same plant, a bloom just opened|
|Another shot of the red red wild rose|
we featured a couple of posts ago.
Wildfires in the dry forests are sending smoke to the skies around the Pacific Northwest including the city of Seattle. Here is how the sky looked about 30 minutes before sunset on July 7th ...
Thank you for stopping by John's Island.