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.
|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.
|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 ...
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"?
|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.|
|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!
|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