Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Goodbye October

A large part of October was spent traveling. During that time John's Island was on the back burner. Catching up with today's post. Took a ton of photos while traveling and will share a few soon. During the part of the month I was in Seattle the fall weather was unusually nice. Lots of warm, sunny afternoons made for some enjoyable walks and some beautiful sunsets.

October 13th  6:19 PM
The end of an exceptionally fine fall day.
Looking out from home over Puget Sound.
Olympic Mountains in the distance.
Nearby Elliott Bay Marina, at bottom of this view.
 Note: Click on photos for larger view!

October 15th  5:15 PM

Colorful sunset near the beginning of October.
October 3rd  6:44 PM
The ship in lower center is a Washington State Ferry
about to enter Eagle Harbor, Whidbey Island

October 10th  6:07 PM
The photo doesn't do justice to the sunbeams.
They were amazing.
Postcard Department

Anyone new to the blog ... John likes to collect vintage postcards (and a few new ones as well) and share them here on John's Island. If you also enjoy postcards do let me know what you think in the comment section. The card below is one of my favorites for celebrating the fall season and the art is by one of my favorite artists ... F. Winold Reiss.

"The Black Forest in Autumn"
by German artist F. Winold Reiss
One of my favorite vintage postcards!

Back of the unused card.
Maritime Department

As always, I'm watching the ships coming and going. I'm especially keeping an eye on container ship loads. For example, the Evergreen ship below has a very light load of containers. I am curious if this will foretell the effects of all the new tariff regulations. From what I've read on the web, container loads have been up recently as companies try to beat the new tariffs going into effect. The longer term effects may seriously hurt the shipping industry ... we will just have to wait and see.

Evergreen Container Ship
Northbound enroute to China
October 14th  7:04 AM

MS Swansea
Arriving Port of Seattle
October 14th  7:58 AM
The land behind is Whidbey Island and
the mountains are the Olympics.
Another view of MS Swansea as she got closer.
October 14th  8:08 AM

MS Star Laura
A blustery afternoon.
October 2nd  3:31 PM
I like the name!
A tug was assisting as Star Laura was about to drop anchor.
The wind makes the whole process more challenging.
If you look closely, near the center of the photo, you
will see a sailboat, which provides some scale to the pic!
Next: Time to "Roll Back" and Goodbye Daylight Saving Time!

Thanks for stopping by John's Island.


  1. Yep you took some beautiful sunsets there John, bet you missed seeing the ship in the harbour

    1. Hi Bill, Thanks for the kind words. Yes, you are so right!

  2. Beautiful scenic photos. You know any picture with those mountains will catch my eyes.

    1. Hi Ruth, Your scenic photos are some of my favorites so I especially appreciate your compliment. Yes, one of these days I hope you will visit this part of the Northwest. Thanks again!

  3. Hard to imagine the capacity of container ships. Here we see tremendously long freight trains hauling containers.

    1. Red, you are so right. Some of these container ships are just giant. When I'm driving on the freeway and pass a truck carrying just one container ... well, it really puts things in perspective for me. Thanks for stopping by and your comment.

  4. Hello John, gorgeous collection of sky captures. The views of the ships are wonderful. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

    1. Thanks Eileen! I appreciate your comments. Wishing you a happy weekend!

  5. It's always nice to see you show up in my news feed. And yes, now it's November, and the rains have begun! :-)

    1. Thanks DJan! I appreciate your comments! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Lady Fi! I appreciate your comments! Have a great weekend!

  7. Great sky shots and those container ships are always so colorful.

    1. Hi Happyone, Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate your comments. Have a great weekend and say HI to Ken!

  8. Beautiful skyline photos. Hope you are keeping well, John.

    God bless you.

  9. Gorgeous photos!

    I wonder what those container ships do when they encounter storms?


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