Saturday, January 15, 2022

Early January in Seattle

 Sailing into the sunset.

Just a lucky catch on January 12th near sunset.
More on this story later.

Snaps from daily walks along the Seattle waterfront ...

Very dark starts to several January walks.
Fishing vessels at Pier 90 undergoing winter maintenace.

During our extreme cold snap the Expedia Group's
North Car Park had water pipes break. The garage
was closed for about a week. Had to park on the street.

January 8th 7:39AM ... starting the walk.

Not many walkers ... January 8th

Just some driftwood in the rocks.
Do you see a face?
Need to post this on FACEBOOK.

Pretty sky on January 9th.
Before going to the walk site I stopped by Kerry Park
to snap this one. A bunch of photographers were there
anticipating the sky.

January 9th ... later on the walk ... what is that
old saying ... red sky in morning ... ?

A mallard enjoying the morning sun.

Nice view but no takers on the bench.
Chilly morning ... January 9th

Closer look at Rainier ... January 9th
The water here is known as Elliott Bay

Turned around and heading back north.
January 9th
Olympic Mountains in the far distance.

Morning sun brightens up a fishing vessel at Pier 90

Ramp up to a spot where I like to take a "start" photo
each day. This area has been newly landscaped by
Expedia Group. They acquired the property from the city.

A "mountain out" morning.

Near the beginning of the walk but snapped on the return.
Sun up a little bit ... nice to see some blue.
January 9th

Always tempting.

Ship at the Grain Terminal is the Oceanic.
Ship owners go crazy with names.

Start of my walk on January 13th.

January 13th ... it had rained most of the night.

The Oceanic getting loaded with grain.
Where will it go?  Probably Asia.

Snapped from home ...

Ovation of the Seas
January 12th -- Seattle

We can thank COVID for this photo opportunity. The Royal Carribean Cruise Lines' Ovation of the Seas finished her season of 7-day cruises from Seattle to Alaska in mid-October. She was scheduled to head to the Southern Hemisphere for warmer weather and cruises out of Australia. All of those cruises were cancelled due to COVID. So, this giant ship has spent her recent time here in the Pacific Northwest, and a few trips up and down the West Coast. No revenue cruises since mid-October. Even the skeleton crew aboard must number near 100. I am curious why they didn't just put the ship in dry dock. Anyway, this was a lucky catch for the photo. I anticipated a spectacular sunset and walked up to the top of the hill. It was quite a nice surprise to see the Ovation get in the picture! I've never before seen a big cruise ship in Seattle waters this time of year. 

Ovation of the Seas
Departing Seattle without passengers.
January 12th

Spectacular sunset ... January 12th
I anticipated this sunset display and walked
up to the top of the hill to get a better view.

January 12th
Zoomed way out ... this view is looking
miles across Puget Sound to the west.

January 12th
(Couldn't choose just 1 to post!)

January 9th sunset with contrails!
This may get me a comment warning about
governments poisoning us with contrails. I'll
smile and delete them.  đŸ˜‰

January 13th sunset

Unusual vessel.
Looks military ... but not U.S.
If you know this vessel please leave me a comment.

Possibly some sort of RO RO

Hummers are doing fine.
Made it through some very cold nights!

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Lastly, in honor of my 11th grade English teacher, Mr. Kilborne ...

He gave us a list of what he called "five dollar words" worth knowing. Last week I had one of those "light bulb moments" when I broke into a big smile and realized one of his $5 words could be used perfectly to describe a phenomenon I've been closely watching the last few years ...

Smartphones are ubiquitous.


  1. Five dollar words, yes. I think they're the ones that people who didn't have Mr Kilborne as a teacher get wrong!

    I've never been to Seattle. All I know of it is from Betty McDonald books! So it's great to have guided walks of the actual place.

  2. I could see a face...and a smile! love seeing what it looks like where you live, thanks for sharing. It's always nice to take a walk with you!

  3. Your pictures are amazing, John. I know it is terribly expensive to dry dock those ships-we have a port here that does it..and then there is a huge fee to relaunch. Maybe they figured it was cheaper to keep her afloat?

    Just curious how far you walk. I think you take some pretty long strolls, good for you.

    Those sunset pictures are absolutely amazing! Diana

  4. You've seen a lot in January. You have to be out there to get photos. Your morning walk gets you out.

  5. Amazing set of photos. I couldn’t pick a favourite if I tried so I will just enjoy all of them.Hey, I happen to like the shot with the contrails.

  6. Wow what amazing and beautiful photos. The golden skies are breathtaking.
    My walks start out in the dark too.

  7. Exquisite images! My favourite is the sunset photo.

  8. Hello John
    You've certainly started the year off well, with some wonderful walks and glorious views. The skies are amazing.
    ... and yes, I could see a face :)

    Thank you for all of your wonderful photographs, keep on enjoying your walks.

    All the best Jan

  9. Those are some wonderful photos, John. I especially like the one of the cruise ship on the 12th. And I also enjoy $5 words, too. That's a good one. Thank you for all the photos and the commentary, too. I always enjoy seeing you here. :-)

  10. Hello,:=) Your walks are always interesting, Those beautiful sky shots are breathtaking. I too can see a face, I'm always seeing faces in nature. Why do people still want to go on cruises! It's so dangerous to have people in close proximity. A cruise ship holiday is the worst place to get Covid.

    Ubiquitous is a great word!

  11. I love all you photos. The most nice one: "morning sun brightens up a fishing vessel"

  12. Hello John,:=) Thank you for your comment, I was pleased because it was exactly what I saw!

  13. What beautiful sunsets. Yes, I see a face - and that 'not many walkers' pic could be of our promenade. I'll have to see if I can find a photo that shows the resemblance.

  14. Los atardeceres me enamoraron te mando un beso

  15. Oh I love that $5 words! Neat! John the photos of Mount Rainier and the sunsets are just gorgeous!

  16. John--Magical photographs as always. You are able to catch things at the exact, right moment.

  17. You have such way with taking pictures dear John! I feel stunned and speechless when i scroll your breathtaking photos. They surely are nice way know Seattle i agree. I am strongly in love with nature and your cliks bring me deep sense of pleasure for which thanks is not enough.

    Cruise story is fun and five words from you teacher sound fascinating.


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