Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Big Eagle and MORE

A really BIG EAGLE ...

[Click on any image to enlarge]
The Big Eagle is a charter yacht we spotted anchored out beyond the Elliott Bay Marina. This charter yacht has its own website.

For a closer look we went to a place known as Magnolia Bluff for the shot just above and below.

The "little boat" (in above pic) is sometimes called a "landing craft."  :-)

Question:  How to know the difference between a boat and a ship?
Answer:  You can put a boat on a ship. You cannot put a ship on a boat.

Sky Watch -- Thunder Moon

Almost Full Thunder Moon setting this morning, July 8  5:05 AM
Looking westward across Puget Sound, Washington
Linking up with Skywatch -- Thanks to Yogi♪♪♪ for hosting! And, you can read all about the Thunder Moon at Space.com

Summer Shots

First 2017 look - Volunteer Park Dahlia Garden

We've reported on the Volunteer Park Dahlia Garden for several years now. Here are a few shots of the first blooms in the garden. We snapped these pics on July 4th. Only a very few plants have bloomed. The garden is maintained by the Puget Sound Dahlia Association.

As you can see in the overview below, most of the plants have not bloomed yet. Dahlias are a fairly late blooming plant. We will give you another look toward the end of the summer! When this garden is in full bloom it is simply amazing!

Captured the Map Maker!

We might finally be getting a selfie the "long-way-around." On Wednesday we spotted the Google Maps Street View camera moving through our neighborhood. Happily, had the camera handy and snapped a photo! Now, when we look at this intersection in a few weeks, after Google updates Street View images, maybe we will be in the picture.  : - )

More cars, ships, and trains ...

Holland America's Eurodam arriving Seattle in
the predawn light July 8th  5:00 AM

The pic above reminded us of an old friend who collects old cars. This is a neat hobby but you need a lot of space and a lot of $$$$$ to do it right. Collectors keep the economy going! We snapped the photo on July 6, in our neighborhood.

Oil Train

We want to get a good video of the controversial "oil train" rolling though Seattle. On July 2nd, the train above was "parked" in the Interbay Yard down below our neighborhood. There are over 100 tank cars in this train ... as far as we could see down the track! The video is still on the "to do" list.

Coming soon on John's Island ...

One of the first books ever published on Yellowstone National Park.

Closing thought ...
One of our favorite blogs, Ruth's Photo Blog, recently published a closing thought we think well worth repeating. Thank you Ruth!
     Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

World Arrives in Seattle

The WORLD has arrived in Seattle!

The World, an enormous private cruise ship with 165 luxury homes on board arrived in Seattle this morning. Link to a local news article.  When it comes to ship spotting, this one is most unusual! In our photo above note that one of the ship's tenders is about to be lowered so that passengers can tender into port. Our regular cruise ship terminals are busy today with other cruise ships ... the Norwegian Pearl at Pier 66, Emerald Princess and Holland America Oosterdam at Pier 91.

The World's Website

Happy Canada Day 2017!

Canada celebrated her birthday yesterday, Saturday, July 1. Here are a couple of Canadian ships seen around Seattle over the last few weeks ...

More Maritime Sightings

Photo from the Web of OOCL's largest ship so far!

Sky Watch

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.