Sunday, February 28, 2016

Skies and More

A few "SkyWatch" photos ...

February 7, 2016, 5:18 PM

January 31, 2016, 7:29 AM
In the photo above a redish-orange sky greeted us on the morning of January 31. We had to look back to the eastern sky to catch this picture. Remember the old saying, "Red sky in morning, Sailor take warning." Yes, it turned out to be a stormy day!

January 29, 2016, 4:47 PM

February 9, 2016, 5:48 PM

February 9, 2016, 5:20 PM
Three photos below ... Stormy days when the sun cut through the clouds in late afternoon.

February 17, 2016, 4:52 PM

February 14, 2016, 5:02 PM

February 14, 2016, 5:02 PM

February 13, 2016, 7:17 AM
In the photo above the lighting on the clouds is unusual. It almost looks like a sunset, but we were looking to the west and these clouds were illuminated by the sun rising in the east.

February 24, 2016, 5:37 PM
The above photo is considerably underexposed due to pointing the camera right at the sun with the "auto" setting. At first we thought about brightening it up a bit, but the more we looked at it, the more we liked it the way it was.

February 20, 2016, 5:33 PM

February 21, 2016, 5:31 PM

February 21, 2016, 5:35 PM

February 24, 2016, 5:43 PM

February 22, 2016, 5:21 PM

February 22, 2016, 5:21 PM

February 25, 2016, 5:52 PM

February 25, 2016, 5:53 PM
All of the above images were taken from our location in Seattle, Washington. Most of them are looking westward over Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Maritime Update ...

On Sunday, February 28, we spotted the Cosco Kaohsiung pulling into Elliott Bay headed for the freight terminal. Below you can see, first of all, our photo of the Kaohsiung, and then, a screen capture from with info about the ship's arrival in port and a professional photo. We found it interesting that the ETA was right on the money as it was about 15 minutes before 12:00 UTC ( or 4 PM, PST).  Looks like it took the Kaohsiung about 3 days to get up here from Long Beach, California. Notice the overall length of the ship is 348.5 meters. That is ALMOST enough for 4 football fields!

Cosco Kaohsiung entering Elliott Bay, Seattle, WA
Enroute Port of Seattle
February 28, 2106

Screen capture from

A few images from the Port of Seattle website ...

How a big ship is "plugged in" to shore power.

Crane operator at work moving freight containers.

New "Post Panamax" cranes.
Post Panamax means designed to accomodate the bigger ships that
will soon be operating through the enlarged Panama Canal.
The three images above are from the official Port of Seattle website and are provided for free distribution. We reduced the sizes for faster loading but did not otherwise modify them.

From our collection ...

We don't like to let a post go by without including something from our collection. Here is an old pennant from Yellowstone National Park. Based on years of collecting this stuff, we believe it is from the 1920s. Real colored feathers are attached to the head dress. (For you first-time visitors, we collect memorabilia from Yellowstone National Park. Most of the collection is from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s.)

Yellowstone Park Pennant
from the 1920s


  1. There's no end of great colors and shapes in the sky.

  2. Hi John, Great pictures! Seattle skies are always so beautiful and interesting. Tomorrow we'll be on the lookout for CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin coming in. These ships just keep getting larger and larger! Thanks for all your great blog posts.

  3. Such beauty you live in a great place. Hope your well and looking forward to spring!!

  4. You know I love clouds and twilight, right? :)

  5. Hello John, I love all your sky captures. Just beautiful. Awesome view of the COSCO ship. The Yellowstone pennant is great item from your collection. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  6. Fabulous sky pictures, and that is one HUGE ship. I always enjoy your posts and am glad we are friends. :-)

  7. Lots to see on your blog this morning, John. Love the sky pictures.

  8. really liked feb 20th at 5:33 p.m. and the last sky shot, too!

  9. Wonderful sky shots.

  10. Gorgeous sky photos. Wow. My favorites are Feb 7 and 17.

  11. Great captures of beautiful, colorful skies, John!! I do love them all!! We do have wonderful skies here in the northwest, don't we!!! I hope you have a great new week!! Enjoy!!

  12. Looks like we were thinking along the same lines today. I just posted some cloud scenes. I must say that your pictures are much more colourful and very beautiful.

  13. Fantastic captures of the skies John. They are all beautiful!

  14. No matter what the date is, wherever you are in the world, the sky is still majestic. That work of art can never be duplicated, can it not? Stunning photos, John.

    How's your March so far?


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