Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Big Eagle and MORE

A really BIG EAGLE ...

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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.


  1. Hello John! I was looking for a "real" big Eagle, you fooled me. Love the boat and the beautiful moon. Lovely collection of flowers and images. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. WOW! Great photos John. I'm guessing I won't ever be on a yacht like that.It looks like it would cost a small fortune to rent that. The moon shot is amazing and I always enjoy seeing the ships.Glad you liked the thought I shared.It really has so much truth in it. Have a great day.I will make one more post in a day or two and then be away from blogging for a week. I'm off to a Gospel music celebration in Red Deer Alberta on Tuesday.I will check in ob FaceBook once in a while.

  3. Oh,yes,forgot to mention the Dahlias. Please share some more of those flowers.I love them.

  4. The first boat... The looove boat, soon we'll be making another run! Am I the only one singing that right now??

    Did you write that book? :-) How cool!

  5. the boat-ship thing is good to know...many of my characters in my current project are sailors. Now, the gun-rifle-weapon thing...

  6. Beautiful Thunder Moon.
    Beautiful blooms.
    That saying is one of my favorites. So true.

  7. You have my favorite flower the Tiger lily!

  8. Landing Craft looks like it's dangerously close to the Big Eagle in that one photo.That's a simple and funny way to distinguish a boat from a ship.

    Love the red sun in the sky. Ah, sometimes all we need is to look up and we already feel better. Or look around at those beautiful blooms.

  9. Hi John, Love that Thunder Moon shot! Did you enhance that photo or is that how it looked? Either way, great photo. I got a chuckle over the Google map car . . . what an interesting job that would be, LOL.

  10. Pretty cool that you might be in the Google street view shots! Your shot of the moon is just gorgeous. The color and light are perfect. I hope you are having a great summer! Good to hear from you!

  11. Thanks for showing me such a HUGE eagle, John. And also thanks for the great pictures. I feel like you're a good friend, even though we've never met in person. You are becoming a really good photographer, too. :-)

  12. enjoyed the definition of ship and boat lol .

    thank you for glorious photos of ships and vehicles .

    what a gorgeous collection from summer blooms!!!

    book sounds great John!

  13. A lot of subjects.
    Great information.
    Beautiful photos.
    Great Post John!

  14. You are world famous now if they caught y'all in the pic! Have a super weekend!

  15. Bliss! Just bliss. Except the Google car. It's annoying. Although...I was able to look up pictures of my childhood home because of Google cars... maybe I should be thankful.

  16. I've missed reading your blogs for a while. Some one has to have mega bucks for a boat like that in the first photo. Some great shot of the flowers and around the bay. I spotted a street view car a few years back but not since and they have not updated Street view near where I live yet so maybe I'll be lucky again

  17. Hi John, great to be visiting again and thank you for stopping by. I enjoyed all these wonderful sights. I hope to get up to the northwest again one of these days. Such a beautiful part of the states.

  18. Your summer shots are fantastic! I just follow your blog..hope you will visit mine soon :)