Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April 10 at Green Lake

Cool, cloudy morning in Seattle. 

Here's today's walk ...

Cloudy, cool morning.
Ready for today's walk around Green Lake, Seattle
April 10, 2019  6:22 AM

April 10, 2019  6:40 AM
Green Lake, Seattle, WA

Seeing these guys in action really helps put a good definition
into your mind about what "squirrelly" means.

Always looking for an eagle at this spot and she/he was there
this morning. Wish the light was better. The bird was at the
top of a tree, probably about 60 - 70 feet away from me.
At the time, I did not even notice there were 2 eagles there.
April 10, 2019  6:57 AM
Green Lake, Seattle

I didn't even realize there were 2 eagles near the top of the
tree until I got home and looked at the photos.

The walk is done and it looks like the Crew is heading in.
April 10, 2019  7:15 AM
Notes to self ...

During today's walk I was reflecting on yesterday afternoon's walk and how impressed I was noticing the number of people who were, in some way, using their phone. Some appear to be listening to something ... music, podcasts, etc. Some were actually in a conversation. Still others just looking at the screen. I've heard that the average person today looks at their phone about 150 times per day. I gave that some thought. I don't think I'm up to that number but I'm going to try to be more aware for a few days and see what I come up with. I recently read a great article about how phones are now starting to take control of our lives. The New York Times published a great cartoon ... screen shot below. On the LEFT is what Steve Jobs envisioned the iPhone to be in 2007. On the RIGHT is what it has become for many people. There is a link to the article below. I guess I'm just real old fashioned but I don't want my phone to take over my life.

From the New York Times
Cartoon by Zak Tebbal
Article:  Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This
by By Cal Newport
Mr. Newport is a computer scientist and author.


  1. ...a walk here today would be accompanied with a few snow flurries, send some spring weather this way please.

  2. I rarely look at the screen of my phone while out walking but I do occasionally use it to listen to something if I'm just walking for exercise. But when discussing the use of smartphones in general I do think one really has to remember that the phone as such is just a tool, and we usually don't really know what someone else is using it for - as it can replace a lot of things which in the past you'd have needed a big bag to carry round with you :)

  3. Magnificent eagles!

    I find myself looking up so many things. Last night I couldn't remember the character name of an actress, so I actually got up to go look it up. Ha ha. What in the world? It was Sheba, by the way. Anne Lockhart on Battlestar Galactica 1978. Thank God for the Internet. What did we ever do without it?

  4. I use my iPad to look things up, but not when I'm outside. My phone stays in my pocket unless I hear a familiar ringtone. Lately, however, my bus has wifi available when I'm on it, and it's tempting to read my emails. :-)

  5. Well, at 150 times a day I'd say the phone has taken over a person's life.

  6. Hi John- Great photos of the Eagles...we don't see Eagles here in out Metro area - they stay more way out west in Farming Areas. The biggest bird we have here is the 'Sulphur Crested Cockatoo' - they are in good numbers...our smallest bird that visits is the 'Fairy Wren'. Best Wishes. KEV.

  7. Hello, beautiful photos from your walk. Love the eagle photo. Phones usage has gone up a lot over the years. I must be the odd ball, I save my data for more important things. Hubby and I do get upset to see our son and his girl on their phones while we are out to dinner. Wishing you a happy day!

  8. Your Eagle shot is rally good. It is such a treat to see even one of these birds and then to have two in the same tress,WOW.


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