Friday, July 30, 2021

Bye Bye July

Sorry for a super long post! 

Necessary because I've seen a lot worth remembering in July, 2021.

Feel free to scroll around, and, if you get bored, see ya next time!  

Along my walks ...

In this long post this is actually my favorite photo.
I was walking the waterfront trail when I heard the
Canadian Geese calling. I still can't believe I was able
to turn on the camera and capture this scene.
They flew right over my head, calling out, as they do, all the way.

Looking south on the trail from near my starting point.

No, it's not me ... but someone painting the scene.
I didn't look at what he was painting, but have a hunch it
was something like the next photo.

Mount Rainier on a clear day.
If you look closely in the lower right corner, you will
see a building flying a flag. That is global
headquarters of Starbucks.

More snaps along the walk ...




A pedestrian bridge brings people across these busy rail lines
to the waterfront trail.
On July 22 I used the bridge access to snap this photo of
Seattle's commuter train which operates between Everett and
Lakewood, and is known as the Sounder.

A tree I like.
It has seen better days ...
but it has seen a lot.
Botanical

I visited the garden of the
 Puget Sound Dahlia Association located
 in Volunteer Park, Seattle.

Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers.

Lots of these pretty little "berries" along the walk.
But, I'm afraid this is one to leave alone. Deadly Nightshade is
 one of the more poisonous plants found in the Pacific Northwest.

Spear Thistle is a robust, prickly, perennial herb,
growing up to about 5 ft. (1.5m).

This rose, in the Rose Garden, seemed perfect.
AND, it smelled great! 😊

Critters

Great Blue Heron

For those of you who enjoy critter photos like I do, take a look over at Saturday's Critters. Eileen has posted some excellent photos she took at Great Falls National Park near Potomac, Maryland. And, you can check out other blogs that link up with her.

The lighting was not good and I only had a second to snap
this hummer before he/she was gone. The brown neck feathers attracted
my attention. It might be a Rufus, but I'm not sure. If it is a 
Rufus, it's the only one I've seen here in Seattle.

Great Blue Heron

One of the bunnies!
When I zoomed in on the full resolution of this photo
I could almost see my reflection in the bunnies' eye.

The Ultimate Book for Hummer Lovers

I've been studying everything I can find about hummingbirds. I've read several articles written by scientists who study the little birds. Several of the scientists agree that the ultimate publication about hummingbirds is The Handbook of the Birds of the World, Volume 5, Barn Owls to Hummingbirds. I had to order this from the publisher in Europe.

Handbook of the Birds of the World, Volume 5

Everything you've ever wanted to know about ...
Class AVES
Order APODIFORMES
Suborder TROCHILI
Family TROCHILIDAE (HUMMINGBIRDS)

Every species of hummer is covered.
There are more than 300 different hummingbird
 species in the world, though the exact number
 of species is often debated based on subspecies
and accepted divisions between closely related birds
.


The illustrations are superb.
Collection

By way of explanation ... I have a collection of travel memorabilia ... postcards, brochures, etc. As renowned organizational expert, Marie Kondo, will tell you ... if you're going to keep something it has to spark joy. This stuff does and I like to relish it. I'm slowly moving things, form wise, from physical to digital. For example, the first item below is a scan of the cover of a rare 1920s Great Northern Railroad brochure, The Call of the Mountains, which features the highlights of visiting Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park. Some of the items I especially like will be added here in the blog.

Published by Great Northern Railroad in 1927
to attract visitors to Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

In Apache Land - Arizona
Postcard sold at Fred Harvey's Lunchroom along the line
of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway.
Fred Harvey's was the FIRST restaurant chain in the USA

Typical postcard featuring the Dining Car on Great Northern's
Oriental Limited, early transcontinental passenger train.

Interesting art on this Oriental Limited brochure
published by Great Northern Railway, early 1900s.

Sky Watch

Late afternoon clouds created a dramatic sky.
July 12

July Full Moon
July 23, 2021, 3:58 AM

Maritime

By way of explanation ... I am fascinated by trains and big ships. My current home location allows me to watch a lot of maritime activity here in Seattle, Washington. Our Port is one of the largest on the US West Coast. 

Port of Seattle Overwhelmed

Headline from the Washington Post:  From ports to rail yards, global supply lines struggle amid virus outbreaks in the developing worldThe full article explains how the supply chain is currently broken.

From the July 26, Washington Post article, by David J Lynch ...

"Fresh coronavirus outbreaks are forcing factory shutdowns in countries such as Vietnam and Bangladesh, aggravating supply chain disruptions that could leave some U.S. retailers with empty shelves as consumers begin their back-to-school shopping.

The overseas work stoppages are just the latest twist in almost 18 months of pandemic-related manufacturing and transportation woes. The new infections come as two of the largest U.S. railroads last week restricted shipments from West Coast seaports to Chicago, where a surge of shipping containers has clogged rail yards."

A screen capture from the Washington Post article.

Unusual situation.
It is rare to see a Container Freighter at anchor in
this part of Elliott Bay. They are waiting to unload because the
commercial Terminals are clogged with shipping containers.

Close up of the Container Ship at anchor out front.
It's the RDO CONCERT (IMO: 9415844), a Container Ship
 that was built in 2009 and is sailing under the flag of Liberia. 
There may be something you are waiting for in those containers.



The largest container vessel I've seen in the last 5 years.
MSC Eva
This ship is giant.
Just the letters MSC on the hull are (appx.) 40 feet high.
Eva's TEU capacity = 13,798.
See below for explanation of TEU



Here are the dimensions of one single shipping container.
Today, the largest ships, like MSC Eva, can hold thousands of containers.
These containers are called TEU for Twenty-foot Equlivalent Unit

The twenty-foot equivalent unit is an inexact unit of cargo capacity. It is based on the volume of a 20-foot-long (6.1m) intermodal container, a standard-sized metal box which can be easily transferred between different modes of transportation.

Foss Maritime Company has an operation base at Pier 90.
This is the Garth Foss.
July 12th ... First time to see her.

Harley Marine Services operates the Eagle.

Harley Marine also operates A. J.

Morning walk, July 28, spotted the Foss Lynn Marie heading my way.

As she got closer it was easy to see the Captain and one deck hand.

Close up as the Lynn Marie passed by.
At anchor ...

This July was unlike any previous July I've seen as far as maritime activity is concerned. Cruise ships were anchored in strange locations for days awaiting the beginning of the delayed Alaska Cruise Season.



Silver Seas' Silver Muse way across the harbor.
Warm air turbulence prevents a sharp photo.

Saga Odyssey
Container ship operated by Saga Welco of Norway.

Container ships are waiting for positions to unload.
The Port is currently overwhelmed with containers awaiting
transportation to eastern cities.

Dartya Shanti loading with grain at Pier 86.
I especially like the way the flags are illuminated in the
early morning sunshine.


Interesting emblem on the bow.

Ovation of the Seas docked at Pier 91
Container ship anchored beyond.
Currently the Port is overloaded with containers and ships
are holding for a position at the unloading Terminals.

With binocs I could watch the dog show on the Jumbotron.


Carnival Miracle needs a little work on its sign.

This cruise ship is registered in the Bahamas.
Ships fly the flag of the country where they are registered.
By registering in Bahama the ship/cruise line doesn't pay US taxes but,
on the other hand, during a pandemic,
they don't get support from the US Government.
Maybe they will rethink which flag to fly?

Small USCG Cutter, northbound, Puget Sound

Silver Seas' Silver Muse arriving in Port.

New Richard Proenneke DVDs

In my Saturday, December 26, 2020, post, I described how I have become fascinated with the story of Richard L Proenneke. Richard lived alone for nearly thirty years (1969–1999) in the mountains of Alaska in a log cabin that he constructed by hand near the shore of Twin Lakes. I've put all of his journals (5 Books) and several DVDs into my library. Recently the Proenneke Museum released two new DVDs including Richard's early photography that had not been previously published. I was on the waiting list for these two DVDs and they have arrived. They are excellently produced. Of course, one needs to be aware that Richard's films have been around for many years. The Museum did a fine job of getting the film over to video. More info at Richard Proenneke Store or Richard L Proenneke Museum, PO Box 290, Donnellson, IA 523625. By the way, the audio commentary accompanying the video is wonderful all by itself.

Two new DVDs presenting Richard Proenneke's films.
From the Heartland to the Great Northwest - Vol I
The Living Wildnerness - Vol II

Available from The Richard Proenneke Museum



Closing Thought ...


Mark Twain said it best:  Never argue with an idiot. You'll never convince the idiot you're correct, and bystanders won't be able to tell who's who.


20 comments:

  1. Hello John,
    What a great post, such a variety of photos. You do have a lovely area to live and walk, they views and flowers are beautiful. Great captures of the Geese in flight, the GB Heron and the Hummingbird. The bunny is adorable. Your do have a great post card collection, I have been to Waterton and Glacier NP, it is a gorgeous area to visit. Awesome shots of the ships and harbor, the cruise ship and the container ships look huge even from a distance. I enjoyed your photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend! PS, thank you for the comment on my blog.

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  2. So much to enjoy about this post. The ships you feature always capture my attention. The container ships alone would be fascinating to watch but the cruise ships, great bonus.

    My mother always had dahlias in the front yard. I’ve had a fondness for the ever since.

    We aren’t seeing the geese flying in formation yet. You took a great photo. Many people don’t like those birds. I love to watch and photograph them.

    What a great place for a walk. The harbour here, small as it is, always provides something new to see. It must be true 1000 fold there.

    Great post!

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  3. I enjoyed scrolling and seeing all pics in this maxi-post. So many favorites!

    https://craniumbolts.blogspot.com/2021/07/pics-from-hoskote-home.html

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  4. I loved the entire post, John. I especially enjoyed seeing the critters and hummers, but the whole thing is a joy! I've seen so many more bunnies this year than ever before, but your closeup with your reflection is a keeper. We have container ships in Bellingham Bay that have been there for weeks. Now I know why. Thank you for this wonderful post! It was a July to remember. :-)

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  5. Hi John,
    Massive posting this time around- do like your photo of the Moon and Ships. We are in complete Lock Down here in the Sydney-Campbelltown Area- no visitors and no visiting - etc...we'l be this way until the end of August and then restrictions may be extended into September. Lots to do with my Hobby to keep me occupied and entertained. Stay well there in Seattle. Regards. KEV.

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  6. I like your last thought. My patio chairs are waiting in a container somewhere. First it was a three month wait, then another three months added on. I won't be surprised if another three months are added on in November :( Love all your photos. It's a spectacular feeling when geese fly overhead. You seem to live in an area rich with sites to see.

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  7. I know I would love the book on hummers and as much as I love the Geese and all your beautiful photos...I love seeing the ships! It's something I never see!

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  8. Wow that was a long post but most enjoyable looking at all the beautiful and interesting photos.
    Hard to believe it is the end of July already.

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  9. Thanks for sharing your wealth of information . Can I pick a favourite today? No!,Although the beautiful mount Rainier might come close.

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  10. Yes, John ... a long post but a good one.
    I have enjoyed seeing all of your photographs, a wonderful and varied collection.

    Seeing all of those containers reminded me that we had ordered some new furniture and like many had to wait far longer for delivery than usual. It eventually arrived and looks very nice, well worth the wait!

    Enjoy this last day of July and I wish you a happy August.
    The days, weeks and months pass by so quickly don't they.

    Take care,

    All the best Jan

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  11. Must have taken you a month to put this post together?! :) (I enjoyed scrolling through it, though!)

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  12. That was a lovely read. I've never seen the dahlia garden in Volunteer Park so now I have a new place to visit when I come to Seattle in a few weeks. The dahlia garden in Port Gamble is really a delight as is the charming town. There's nothing like a clear Seattle day where you can see Mt. Rainier in all its glory. Still seems weird to see the Starbucks signs on the old Sears building.

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  13. A very interesting post. I'm your follower #134. May you follow me back?
    Have a nice day!

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  14. Hi John! :) Oh I loved that bunny photo! :) Mount Rainier is so imposing yet so calming to see...you have a nice photo there. Lovely post. Btw...the hummers are still just going to the feeder one by one...I don't have that brilliant symphony of hummers going yet, but I'm hopeful! :)))

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  15. ...in my mind, Canada Geese look their best when fly in formation ( thanks for teaching me the term echelon). If I had as much to see on my walks I would never get anywhere! Keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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  16. You can't go far wrong when you start your blog with CANADA Geese! I have five volumes of Handbook of the Birds of the World, including Volume 5. The entire set comprises seventeen volumes if I am not mistaken; a monumental work by any standards.

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  17. A wonderful blog post as always, John. You offer so many interesting things to your readers. And your photos are also delightful. As a Seattlite, I especially enjoy your marine pictures.

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  18. Hi John! :) I just wanted to let you know I did answer you in my comments from the last post of August 5th, wow time flies...but thought I'd answer you here too! I started my spiritual YouTube channel this week and the link is on my current blog post (August 12th). I do love the teachings of Ekhart Tolle, he's fantastic. My journey is a little more eclectic, but if you'd like to check out the YT channel, feel free, I explain most of it in my introduction video! :)

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  19. what a lovely post ,it did not bore me though evening arrived and i had to get up for walk .
    thank you so much for sharing all the joy you had in July dear John!

    i really loved the bunny shot ,the free play of sunlight and shadows ,the dramatic sky and the full moon specially !

    bunny seems to to pose right for you :)

    lots of happening water near you ,what a pleasure to see this around ,i too am interested in cargo vehicles(no water no ship around :( ) which a long and huge and when they pass by i see them fondly ,no reduction in my fondness for them .

    train journey is pleasure and fascinating for me either ,this new service looks damn appealing wow .

    i can imagine your strong love for birds and book about them :) this one sounds Great!
    i think i will watch these videos and read some of his book because living in wilderness is not easy ,he surely had motive and he fulfilled it by writing and producing videos .such people inspire me a lot!
    blessings and prays!

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