Saturday, August 28, 2021

Sailboat Demise

About my daily walks along the waterfront ... I've said it before ... Every day the steps are the same but the story is different. Since my last post I've watched the demise of a sailboat over a few days. Even others who walk-the-walk have asked if I know what happened. So, as much as I know is in the photos below.

Re Sailboat demise story ...
I am not a sailboat enthusiast.
All of my observations
here are "non-expert" in nature.

The boat appeared anchored or run aground.
Lots of rocks along this shore and this spot is shallow

I could see a sign on the cabin door but couldn't read it.
Fortunately, max zoom on the camera revealed the message.
At this point, I did not know if someone might be inside.

My walk map from Aug 20
showing location of 
Sailboat demise.

Other snaps along recent walks ...

Sunrise from the trail.
The large building is headquarters for Expedia Group

A pretty tree lost about half its leaves in just one
night. I don't know why.

A few days after the tree lost leaves I noticed another walker
snapping photos of the tree. I asked her if she knew what happened.
She said no, but she felt sad about the tree and its leaves.
She pointed out to me that the leaves are heart-shaped.
I really like the heart-shaped leaves.

A scene along the walk on a clear morning.

You never know what you'll find.

This is a good spot to sit and enjoy the views.

What I liked here was the fresh amongst the old.

A big marine crane has been at work on some upgrades
to the grain facility where grain is transferred to ships.

Seattle has a homeless problem.
I've seen someone sleeping at this bench several times.
I don't know the circumstances.
I hope some brilliant person will come up with
a solution to Seattle's homeless problem.
Of course, it's just my assumption that he is homeless.

I had to post this photo because ...
For the first time, 3 hummingbirds were on one of my feeders,
and I happened to have the camera handy.
This sharing behavior is unusual!
This is the only photo in this post snapped at home.

Closing thought ...
Quote by a forest ranger at Yosemite National Park on why it is hard to design the perfect garbage bin to keep bears from breaking into it: "There is considerable overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists."

Friday, August 13, 2021

Hummingbird Joy

It's been a little over a year now since I placed two hummingbird feeders on my deck. My experience allows me to confirm this:  If you will keep your feeders clean, and keep the sugar-water fresh, you will, as time goes by, see more and more hummers visiting you.

When I first started watching hummers, and read a little about them, I
would have said this was a female Anna's. However, I now know it
is a male. Look at the same bird in the next photo.

I honestly do not know if the bird can change its looks by
moving the feathers around its neck OR if the different
look is caused solely by the way the light is striking the feathers OR
a combination of the two.

Either way, the brilliant red feathers are exclusive to the male
in the Anna's species.

This little bird looks sweet.
But he does not like sharing his food source.

He may wait, here on a nearby tree branch for several minutes
watching for other hummers to visit the feeders. When others
arrive he chases them away.

The same hummer does not do this all day long. I am now able to
distinguish different birds by their size, whether they are male or
female, and other small details.

After a "while" the little bird will disappear and another
hummingbird will take over the job.

Hummingbird Joy

Ship Snaps 

The Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam completed its first
post-pandemic cruise, round trip, Seattle to Alaska. In this photo
she is arriving back in Seattle on Saturday, July 31 about 6AM.

Later, in the afternoon, the Nieuw Amsterdam departed
again for Alaska. You can see a crowd of cruisers on the aft
deck, but otherwise, I did not think she looked to be
at full capacity.

During the Nieuw Amsterdam's second cruise of the season to Alaska a tragic event occurred. During a float plane tour of Misty Fjords National Monument, near Ketchikan, the de Haviland Beaver plane crashed killing all aboard ... the pilot and 5 passengers from the cruise ship. The next photo appeared in the media on Thursday, August 5.

In the event you can't read the caption (too small) here it is ...  The Holland America Line cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam is docked on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, at Berth 4 in Ketchikan, Alaska. Holland America confirmed Thursday that five passengers from the Nieuw Amsterdam were aboard a float plane that crashed Thursday morning during a tour of the Misty Fjords National Monument. There were no survivors, according to the U. S. Coast Guard. The de Haviland Beaver aircraft was owned by Southeast Aviation LLC. (Dustin Satranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP).

On August 7, the Nieuw Amsterdam arrived back in Seattle. The photo below shows the ship docked at Pier 91. Out of respect for the situation the crew did not fly the celebration flags above the ship as cruise ships normally do when in port.

Thomas G Thompson, Research Vessel, getting 
refueled at Pier 90. The ship is associated with the
University of Washington, thus the big W on the bow.

I snapped this picture because this ship looks so unusual.
Yes, she is a RORO, roll-on, roll-off, vehicle carrier.
The other thing that amused me was the name ...

Delhi Highway
Is that perfect for a vehicle carrier or what?

One day recently I sat down on the steps along the walk.
(See photo of steps below)
While sitting there I happened to notice this big container
ship at anchor in the harbor.
She is the Westwood Columbia
By the way, why do we call ships "she"?

A few moments latter the anchor was pulled and a tug
arrived to push the Westwood Columbia to one of the
Terminals for unloading. Ships have been waiting
for days at a time. The Terminals are overwhelmed
as the shipping industry tries to overcome the
delayed effects of the pandemic.

Early morning August 3rd.
Getting ready to head down to the waterfront for a walk
when I spotted the Ovation of the Seas turning into the harbor.
Snapped this photo from home.

By the time I'm starting my walk the Ovation is
approaching Pier 91.

She will dock and stay overnight.

Steps along the waterfront walk.
These were constructed when Expedia Group purchased
this property from the City and agreed to upgrade the area.

After watching arrival of Ovation of the Seas
I decided to spend a few moments at the steps.
I am not one for selfies.

However, I was enjoying the sit so much, I thought ... why not?

A few have discovered this park as a peaceful place.

Critter Snaps

The bunnies have been a delight all summer.

Great Blue Heron

A Great Blue Heron atop a pier ... one second
before flying away.

Friday, the 13th, would be the day.
Surprised, at the start of my walk, to see another
walker taking a photo of a tree. What's up, I asked.
A family of raccoons!

I asked Google ... Are raccoons aggresive? Answer:  It isn't uncommon for a healthy raccoon to be active in the daytime, but it's highly unusual for a raccoon to be aggressive toward a person. A female may boldly defend her young, arching her back and growling or giving a loud “whoof,” and perhaps lunging at a person she deems threatening.

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 around Kiwanis Lake in York, Pennsylvania. And, you can check out other blogs that link up with her.

Sky Snaps

Sunrise from the waterfront, August 10th.
Wildfire smoke creates an orange tint.

Late evening from home, August 12th.
The view is looking west to the Olympic Mountains.
A RoRo is headed southbound in Puget Sound.

Late evening from home, August 12th.
The view is looking northwest a few minutes after sunset.

Blazing reflection of the sun just after sunrise,
snaped at the waterfront trail, August 13th.

Mount Rainier on a pretty morning.
This view is from the waterfront walk.

Several benches like this one are along the walk.
In this scene the view is looking southwest out over Elliott Bay

Just before sunrise, August 2nd
This photo led me
to the Closing Thought for this post.

Closing Thought ...
There is no light without shadow, just as there is no happiness without pain.
     Isabel Allende

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