|SS Pacific Tracker|
Departing Puget Sound
July 21, 2017 10 AM
|Zooming in on the Pacific Tracker|
The vessel is a part of the Missile Defense System
|Couldn't see the name of the ship in the binoculars.|
My only way to ID was VesselFinder.com
July 19th 11:25 AM
Out beyond Elliott Bay Marina
|Tug and Barge probably headed to Alaska|
Unusual load: Containers (half the barge) and rebar (reinforcement steel)
Rebar is HEAVY. Not much on the barge.
Spotted July 19th 10:23 AM
A Postcard for the Weekend
This week's theme: Bridges
From our Postcard Collection ...
Thanks to Maria for hosting Postcards for the Weekend where bloggers share some of their collection of postcards according to themes that change each week. For this week's theme, Bridges, we selected a card that, in one view, shows both the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. Also shown is Treasure Island, location of the World's Fair in 1939 called the Golden Gate International Exposition.
|Clouds at Sunset|
July 22nd 8:36 PM
|About 15 minutes before sunset on July 22nd.|
The sun was behind clouds and just above Two Brothers Mountain in the
Olympic Mountains. The effect was almost like a halo.
From our Yellowstone Collection -- The Prang
In the mid-1800s the American West was still being explored. A few early explorers were returning to their homes in the East with stories of an area full of hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, a big lake, rivers, and an amazing canyon. Many people found the stories unbelievable. In 1871 the Secretary of the Interior authorized an expedition to see if the stories were true. Leading the Expedition was F. V. Hayden, the person in charge of the U S Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories. Hayden took with him a large group of experts including a photographer and an artist. After the completion of the Expedition, Hayden returned to Washington DC with the photographs and art work and presented it all to the US Congress with a suggestion to reserve the area for the purpose of "the setting apart of this wonderland as a great National Park for all time." Congress liked what they saw and passed an Act to create Yellowstone National Park. President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Act on March 1, 1872, creating the first National Park. Hayden published, in 1872, his report to Congress in the American Journal of Science and Arts, in an article titled The Hot Springs and Geysers of the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers. A few years later, in 1876, in an effort to educate the public on the new Park, F. V. Hayden published a book with the same artwork and descriptions he had used with Congress. This book was one of the first published describing the Park and it has become one of the most desired items for a collection of early Yellowstone memorabilia. It is known, amongst collectors, as "the Prang" coming from the name of the company that published the book, L. Prang and Company of Boston. The inside front page is shown below ...
The Yellowstone National Park, and the
Mountain Regions of Portions of Idaho,
Nevada, Colorado, and Utah
Published by L Prang and Company
|A map produced for the book showing the location|
of Yellowstone Park and the places the artwork
Artwork of Thomas Moran
The Prang Company used cutting edge chromolithography
for this publication in 1876.
|Example of the description of features written by F V Hayden|
This is a portion of the Yellowstone Lake description.
Closing Thought ...
While randomly viewing blogs we found the following bit of philosophy quoted on the front page of a blog but without any attribution, so we're unsure who created it. Although it appears created for all of human kind, it seems particularly applicable to our current state of affairs in America.
Billions of Versions of Normal
There are billions of people and a version of normal to go along with each one of them. No two versions are exactly the same. There will be hundreds of thousands of little things that make up your version of normal. With any luck you can find people that have close to the same idea of what normal is that you do. These are your friends. Anyone else you try to tolerate as best you can.