Friday, June 2, 2017

Ships, Skies, Spelling and More

Recent Maritime Snaps
Cosco Shipping
Cosco Europe departing Seattle
May 24th  6:59 AM
We like the "wake"

Hapag Lloyd
Tokyo Express at anchor
May 25th  5:48 AM

Another view of the Tokyo Express at anchor
earlier date May 22nd  9:58 AM
Note: When anchored a ship swings around depending on tidal flow.

Emerald Princess at Pier 91 just before departure
May 28th  5:01 PM
Note the crowds of cruisers at the rails on upper deck.

Earlier view of Emerald Princess with
Holland America's Oosterdam behind on
May 28th
Note the Flags which are flown only while in Port

Holland America Oosterdam
Arriving Seattle May 28th  5:44 AM
This is our view looking to the west over
Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Ikara Container Vessel
Arriving Seattle June 1st  5:51 AM
We like the clean look of the hull.

Hapag Lloyd Santos Express
Departing Seattle June 1, 2017  6:21 AM
Anyone wanting to recommend any maritime sites for us to watch, please do so in a comment!

Full Flower Moon
May 9th  5:22 AM

May 4th  8:13 PM
Pleasant evening sky.
May 4th  8:31 PM
Zoomed out fully to give an overview
of the somewhat earlier shot above.

May 9th  4:56 AM
Moonlight on Puget Sound
just before dawn.

Ususual but it does happen.
Parasailing over Puget Sound.
May 14th  12:16 PM
Linking up with SkyWatch Friday -- Thanks to host Yogi♪♪♪

Trains ... 70 Years Ago

For fellow railfans, June is a good month to look back 70 years to the cover of Popular Mechanics magazine when they featured one of our favorite passenger trains, the Olympian, in the Rocky Mountains. From our collection of railroad memorabilia ...

Popular Mechanics Magazine
June 1947 Cover
Our favorite train ... The Olympian
Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul Railway


The National Spelling Bee has just been completed. Congratulations to winner Ananya Vinay! The Bee inspired Google to come up with the map below based on searches on their website. How did your state do? It amused us that Washington and Maine missed the same word!

Most Misspelled Words by States per Google Trends
June 1 2017

Postcards for the Weekend #39 - Country Map(s)

Maria, of Postcards for the Weekend, has challenged us to come up with a postcard to share which features a "country map." With a smile, here we go ...

A Pike Street Press postcard which expresses our feelings quite well.
Pike Street cards are handmade in Seattle
PS  We actually mailed this card to Maria a while back!

Closing thought ...
     There are only two industries which refer to their customers as "users" -- drugs and computers.
Edward R. Tufte


  1. Hi John, Happy June! I hope this month brings with it sunny skies for your beloved Seattle. Love your sky photos.
    Have a great day!
    Connie :)

    1. Thank you Connie! Yes, a little sun would be a good thing for the Emerald City! :-)

  2. I also especially appreciate your sky pictures, John. And I thought a girl named Ananda won the spelling bee. :-)

    1. Wow, you are right and thanks for letting me know. When I looked at the website I saw "Speller #1" and thought she was the winner. Just goes to show, gotta read carefully! Thanks DJan!

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Sandi. I love the Native American names for full moon.

  4. Love the pictures of the big ships. - Margy

    1. Thank you Margy. I feel lucky to have this view of the big ships coming and going. Love to share my pics of the ships!

  5. Hi John, welcome back to the link-up! I'm so glad to see that the card you sent me is up this weekend. :D Until now, my Seattle trip is elusive! But hopefully, one day soon ... Love the full flower moon, all the marine sighting photos, and the map of most misspelled word per country in the USA. Have a nice weekend!

    1. Hi Maria, Your comment has kept me smiling all day! :-) I loved putting that card on today's post for Postcards for the Weekend. Thanks for all the kind words! Keeping my fingers crossed that you'll make it to Seattle one of these days! Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting the link up!

  6. Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing, John!
    I like these interesting maps.

    And I love the closing thought - I never had thought of the connection between the two of them before, but it is so true..

    1. Hi Heleen, Thank you for your comment! The practice of using a closing thought is more challenging than I expected it to be. I'm trying to find quotes that I haven't seen over and over. This one really struck me. Like you, I had never thought of the connection before. Recently, when out and around, I've been watching and it's fascinating to see how people are using their "smartphones." It seems like an addiction. And, of course, smartphones are simply a small computer you can carry around easily. I wonder if Steve Jobs realized what he was creating. :-)

  7. The cruise ship looks like it is packed to the gills!

    1. Hi Michelle, I always appreciate your comments. The day I snapped that photo was sunny and warm ... a perfect time for sail away. It looked like just about every passenger was out to enjoy the event.

  8. You must be a very early riser as all the ship times are before 6:00 AM! Those kids would beat me in a hurry when it comes to spelling.

    1. Thank you Red. Yes, I'm a morning person. And those kids ... wow, I can't even pronounce some of those words!

  9. Fantastic pictures.You know I enjoy the ships and the rails, but it is the mountains that win over all the others.Of course the sunsets and the moon shimmering on the water, are all great.

    1. Hi Ruth, Thank you so much for all the kind words! Knowing your excellent photography makes your comments on the pictures all the more encouraging to me. I always look forward to your comments. By the way, I've been a little slow in blogging the past few months. I lost my only sister in March and my Father-in-Law about two weeks ago. They both had long lives but were in ill health before passing. Still, it was a setback and I miss them. Then, family from Texas visited in April and that took me away from the computer for a while. I do hope to get back to posting a little more often and the comments I received today have been a real boost. Thanks again, Ruth, for stopping by and have a great weekend.

    2. I am so sorry to hear of the losses in your life.Even when a person is ill, saying that final good-bye here on earth is not easy.I must admit that I have missed your regular posts, but I also understand that sometimes other things take priority.

  10. Hello, John! beautiful series of photos. The cruise ships remind me of our trip to Alaska from Seattle. I love your gorgeous sky shots. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

    1. Thank you Eileen! Yes, indeed, almost all of the cruise ships visiting Seattle are on their way or returning from Alaska. Sure appreciate the kind words on the sky shots. Thanks again and have a happy weekend!

  11. Beautiful skies, and I love those maritime photos. Not something I typically get to see in my neck of the woods!

    1. Hi SP&P, Your sky shots are the best so to get that comment from you is a real treat! Thanks for the kind words on the maritime shots too!

  12. Wow lots of pictures and subjects. Always enjoy visiting here. : )

    1. Thank you so much Happyone. Always appreciate your visits and comments!

  13. Such a wonderful melange of beautiful things! Love them all indeed!

  14. I sort of envy you having those huge container ships cruising by your city. They fascinated me the one time I got to see them. We don't get such container vessels through the Great Lakes, but I still like to watch the ships with steel, ore, grains coming into the port.
    Your postcard is cute - showing love for your corner of the country!

  15. Once again, amazing shots. I especially like sunset (or even sunrise) by the sea. It's awe-inspiring.

    Trains this long, I honestly haven't seen on yet in person.

  16. I LOVE your maritime photos! They are really good (and even better when enlarged). The sky shots are also beautiful.

  17. Heisann, so much interesting to read and watch! Happy weekend ;:OD)

  18. A wonderful sequence of images!
    So nice the ships and the skies and interesting the Popular Mechanics Magazine.

  19. I can't believe Minnesotans don't know how to spell buttefull.....:(

  20. Marvellous ships!!!

    Enchanting skies!

    Beautiful moon!

    And very interesting post jhon.
    I am huge fan of your capturing skills.


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