Friday, June 28, 2019

June Walks 23rd -> 28th

Daily walks around Green Lake in Seattle, Washington

Following are photos snapped after parking the car at Green Lake and ready to start the appx. 3-mile walk around the lake. Click on images for larger view.

June 23 - 24
#walk118 - #walk119
At Green Lake, Seattle

June 25 - 26
#walk120 - #walk121
At Green Lake, Seattle

June 27 - 28
#walk122 - #walk123
At Green Lake, Seattle
Weather Report:  Dry, except June 23 raining. Comfortable temps for walking. All walks early mornings, except Tuesday started at 12:40 pm.

Linking up with sky watchers at Skywatch Friday.  Thanks to Yogi♪♪♪ for hosting.

A few more snaps from the last few days at Green Lake ...

Bald Eagle - June 27th
At Green Lake, Seattle

Bald Eagle - June 27th
At Green Lake, Seattle

Doesn't this eagle look serious?

Starting point for most walks, looking northwest.
At Green Lake, Seattle

Mallard duck family.

Goslings at rest.

One cute gosling!

Can't believe the Cottonwood trees!

A good way to go fishing.
At Green Lake, Seattle

Can't believe the Nymphaeaceae
aka water lilies 😉
at Green Lake, Seattle

Canada Geese and some older goslings.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Week of June Walks - 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

Snaps from last few daily walks ...

June 22 - Saturday - Coyote!

Today's walk highlight -- Coyote
A moment when I wish I had one of those big cameras with
super-fast lens. This coyote wasn't going to stand still for a perfect shot.
This was a first for me at Green Lake.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

The coyote again.
This spotting was near the end of today's walk.
I never expected to see a coyote in this highly urbanized area.
June 22nd

First snap today.
Cloudy, 57F (14C), no wind, dry.
At Green Lake, June 22, 2019  6:03 AM
Great walk weather!

Mallard family
At Green Lake, June 22nd

Closer look at the little ones
Green Lake, June 22nd

Yet another Mallard family nearby the ones in the snaps above.
At Green Lake, June 22nd

Looking across the lake for a last snap today.
Green Lake, Seattle, Washington
June 22, 2019
June 21 - Friday - #walk116* - Summer Solstice

The summer solstice occurred in Seattle, June 21, 2019, at 8:54 AM PDT. From that moment onward we are leaving the longest day of the year behind and heading toward the winter solstice, shortest day of the year, December 21, 2019. Daylight is calculated as the time between sunrise and sunset. On June 21 daylight in Seattle was 15 hours 59 minutes. On December 21 it will be 8 hours 25 minutes. Another way to look at this --- June 21 --- has the shortest night of the year.

*The #walk116 refers to this being my 116th walk of about 3 miles every day without missing a day. I started this streak of daily walks on February 26. Most walks have been around the lake at Green Lake Park, Seattle, WA, USA.

At the start of the walk a media guy with video camera set up
at the lake. My guess ... to catch sunrise, at Green Lake,

 on summer solstice.
Sadly, too cloudy to be successful.
At Green Lake, Seattle, WA
June 21, 2019  5:43 AM

Geese on the go.
At Green Lake, June 21st

June 20 - Thursday - #walk115

How it looked at the start of today's walk at Green Lake.
52F (11C) almost zero wind, mostly cloudy.
June 20, 2019  5:57 AM

Rowing in the "steam"
June 20 at Green Lake

Looking toward Duck Island
at Green Lake
June 20th
Reflections:  I'm surprising myself with this streak of daily walks. Today, June 20, is my 115th walk without missing a day. The streak started on February 26th and doesn't include 5 walks in January and 18 walks in February before I resolved to see far I could go without missing a day. Lately I've been tempted to stay at home and relax with another cup of coffee. What could it hurt? Well, I'm overall feeling better than I have since 2014 when I was doing a regular walk. And, now, I'm thinking taking a day off now and then might even be beneficial. Although the streak is still going, some things here on the blog are changing. In March, April, and May I posted almost every day with pictures from the walks. I'm still taking at least one picture for every walk but I am reducing the frequency of posting those pics. It has been interesting to watch Spring unfold at Green Lake. Summer begins tomorrow, June 21.

Haven't seen a heron for days!
Finally, spotted this one, this morning.
At Green Lake, June 20th
It seemed almost like she/he was waiting
for me to show up and snap the picture.
To see a neat blog post about Great Egrets,
 check out Saturday's Critters. Great Egrets look 
like Great Blue Herons except for the coloring.

Zoomed out to give you the larger scene.
Great Blue Heron at Green Lake
June 20th

Last snap this morning.
Some parts of the lake like a mirror.
June 20, 2019 at Green Lake
June 19 - Wednesday - #walk114

One snap for June 19th at Green Lake
A mostly cloudy morning.

June 18 - Tuesday - #walk113

Neighborhood walk today.
These flowers stopped me.
Today's walk in Magnolia neighborhood, Seattle.
2.97 miles
June 18, 2019  3:25 PM

June 17 - Monday - #walk112

One snap at the start of my walk ... June 17, 2019
At Green Lake, Seattle, WA
5:41 AM

June 16 - Sunday - #walk113

Beautiful, mostly sunny skies, at the start of the walk, June 16, 2019
At Green Lake, Seattle, WA
6:10 AM

At Green Lake
June 16th

Geese and goslings
at Green Lake
June 16, 2019

Closer look at the goslings.
June 16th at Green Lake

I'm amazed at the amount of cover due to the
cottonwood tree seeds.
June 16th at Green Lake
Wondering what the chances are for just ONE germination?

"cotton" from cottonwood trees
at Green Lake, June 16th

Mallard family
at Green Lake
June 16th

Last snap at the end of the walk.
June 16th at Green Lake

Just 5 days until Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere
and the sun is about as far north on the western horizon
as it will get. Here is sunset on June 16th from home.
Sun gets close, but not quite, to the water tank on
the western horizon hillside.
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Saturday, June 15, 2019

June 13, 14, and 15 Walks

Snaps from Recent Walks

June 15 - Saturday - Today's walk at Green Lake

Just getting started on today's walk at Green Lake.
Peaceful and the walkway is mostly mine.
57F (14C) seemed warm while walking.
No wind and it felt like the humidity was up there.
Mostly overcast with gradual clearing in the forecast.
June 15, 2019  6:11 AM

A brood (?) of mallards.
Ok, I looked this up on one of those official looking birding websites. "A group of ducklings being cared for by their mother is called a brood." But there is no sign of mother, so I'm not sure if I can call this a brood or not. Anyway, it's a cute bunch of young ducks. I was more than half way around the lake when I spotted this group and said, yes, this will be good for Saturday's Critters.

Little ducks sleeping late!
At Green Lake, June 15th

Here is a young lady getting ready for a swim.
She appears to be "safety-wise" with the orange cap and float.
Yes, I'm seeing quite a few swimmers these past few days.
At Green Lake, Seattle, June 15th

I've reached the end of today's walk and snapped this picture
of a crew getting started with their practice.
At Green Lake, June 15th
June 14 - Friday

Cloudy, 55F (13C) at the start of Friday's walk.
At Green Lake, Seattle
June 14, 2019  5:39 AM

On a Friday I expected more walkers.
There were not many.
At Green Lake, June 14th

This grouping behavior by the geese is something
I've noticed quite a bit more the last couple of weeks.
I've read that it may be for security after a molting or
loss of feathers.
At Green Lake, June 14th
Also, there is a mallard family in the upper left
quarter but they are hard to see.

The "sprinkler challenge" has been underway the last few walks.

Another walk completed.
June 14th at Green Lake
June 13 - Thursday

These days now have some of Seattle's earliest sunrises.
Here's how it looked at the start of Thursday's walk at
Green Lake, Seattle, WA
June 13, 2019  5:42 AM

Today I was more into just walking than stopping for pictures,
but I liked the look of this goose family.
Just one little one with them.
June 13, 2019
at Green Lake

A closer look.
This is where I think optical zoom shines.

At the end of today's walk looking across the lake.
Compared to the start photo ... it looks like the clouds are moving out.
Bright sunshine is the outlook.
At Green Lake, June 13th
Comment Replies

Eileen - Good question about the tower cranes down at the Expedia Headquarters construction site. I've seen some architectural drawings of the completed buildings and they are not "high-rise" so I don't really expect much of my view to be blocked. Thanks for asking.


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