Saturday, October 23, 2021

October in Seattle


More about the image above in a moment, but first, my visit to Seattle's Dunn Gardens.

After living in Seattle for decades,
I finally visited Dunn Gardens on October 19th

Dunn Gardens has been placed on the
National Register of Historic Places

The gardens were designed by the Olmsted
Brothers Firm as a residential garden in 1915

Dunn Gardens in Seattle, Washington, is a privately owned 7.5-acre (3.0 ha) property composed of the remaining acreage of the estate of Arthur G. Dunn Sr.. Dunn bought the property in 1914 as a summer get-a-way for his family, and contracted the landscaping to the Olmsted Brothers. Upon his death, the property was inherited by his children. His son Edward B. Dunn provided for the care of his share of the estate in his will. A trust was created two years after his death to oversee the entire property. Dunn Gardens were listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 15, 1994, and are open for special public events and docent-led guided tours April through July, and from September through October.  More info at Wikipedia

Autumn Leaves

Musical Interlude

October Walks

Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas moored at Pier 91
on October 16th. She completed her "cruise-to-Alaska"
season when she returned to Seattle on October 15th.

Technology in action. The green laser prevents critters
from staying in the area.

Stopping to snap the scene from the steps
is a part of the daily walk. Every day is unique.

Someone has found the charm of this spot at dawn.

The beauty of the morning sky often has a positive
effect on my day.

The old saying ... "A picture is worth a thousand words."
I'll start with two: Mt Rainier

This picture was snapped from home moments after sunrise
on October 17th. There were no passengers aboard the ship
to enjoy the sunrise from there. After several days moored
at Pier 91, Ovation of the Seas moved to anchor in Elliott Bay.

My first snap, on October 17th, at the steps,
 led to the image below.

Emerald City icon, aka Space Needle

Dilemma for locals ... Do we call this a "mountain is out" day?

Baby pine cones?

Foss tugs waiting for action.

On Thursday, October 14th, I was near the end of my walk when the thought occurred to me that I had not seen anything worthy of snapping a photo. At almost that exact moment, I glanced down to see three painted rocks beside the trail. I actually had to turn around and snap the photo below to record the scene. Next day I stopped again and snapped some close ups of the rocks. I just wish I knew the story on who painted them and why. Just another fascination encountered on the walk.

The painted rocks reminded me of an image I'd seen in a beautiful vintage book, Achievement in Photo-Engraving and Letter-Press Printing. The book was copyrighted and published by the American Photo-Engravers Association in Chicago, Illinois, in 1927. That image is below and it also gives me a good excuse to link up with Saturday's Critters.

Sunday's Walk - October 24th

Windy, wet, stormy morning in Puget Sound
aka Seattle, Washington
Snapped at the beginning of my walk.

It is nice to see the National Geographic Venture back at Pier 90

There was something really nice about looking out
over the water way. That little strip of green grass really
gives it color.

Entrance to overlook/steps as the trail curves around the waterfront.

From the steps, looking out over Elliott Bay

The view toward downtown Seattle.
To the left ... one of the West Coast's largest Grain Terminals
where grain from other parts of the US is transferred
to ships for international delivery.


I simply had to share the following photos from my good friend in the United Kingdom. In his email, here is what he said ... "I have sent some pics of a friend of ours who has a AMPHICAR, its one of only 7 in the UK, insured for £120k ($164,272.00), he has fully restored it over the past 7 years and is now reaping the pleasure from it, we were invited to have a trip out in it with our family last weekend on Wroxham Broad, calm waters made it a great trip."

My friend follows the blog here and occasionally sends me some interesting photos. He knows I love cruise ships but who would have guessed a person can take a cruise in a car?

Fascinating stuff ... Thank you my friend!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Today's Walk


Quite chilly this morning. 37F (2.7C) at start of walk. Although I was warmly dressed, I wondered what it was like for the runners in their shorts and t-shirts. 😉

The vessel above is the Pan Flower, owned and registered to Pan Ocean Shipping, with headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. Per their website: "Pan Ocean's newest venture into the agri-trading business aims to create a new corporate value by integrating its shipping and trading experiences, combined with the parent company Harim Group's demand for stable grain supply and its know-how as a heavy buyer of grain."

Mostly Mt Rainier

Back to Mt. Rainier 2024 ... At the entrance gate the Ranger provided a map of the Park and a sheet of info for Spring 2024.  I was careful ...