|Ocean Guardian docked at Pier 90, Seattle.
Looks like a research vessel.
Why do you think they gave it this name?
For first time visitors: Please click on images to enjoy the larger view.
|Near the start of my walk.
I snap a pic here each day to record sky conditions.
Partly cloudy, July 7th, 5:08AM
|Another day and another walk underway.
I walk almost every day, a little over 2 miles.
July 15th, 5:55AM
|Sunny mornings are especially enjoyable.
This walk is along the edge of Elliott Bay.
|Unusual ... you won't see this scene often.
The Norwegian Sun is docked in the
industrial part of the Port where work is
being done to repair damage from hitting ice
in Alaska. She stayed here for about 2 weeks.
Link to article about ship hitting ice
|The vessel in the foreground is one of
our Washington State Ferries.
The ferries run between Seattle and smaller ports
around Puget Sound.
|Experimenting by putting the caption in the image.
|Maximum zoom looking from home across the Sound
to waterfront homes on Bainbridge Island.
A lucky few have amazing views of the Seattle skyline
as they look to the east.
The distance in this photo is almost 6 miles (9.6km).
|Gull on driftwood.
|Closer look at the gull.
|Great Blue Heron.
I see this bird (I'm guessing it's the same one) frequently.
I'm more likely to see the bird on low tide mornings
when the fishing is easier.
|Crows don't have a good reputation, but
they are interesting looking birds.
Check out another delightful Saturday's Critters!
They don't seem to be afraid of me.
I've seen people feeding these birds with bread crumbs.
|I believe the large white flower is a Morning-glory.
Lots of them are blooming near a fence along the walk.
I singled this one out for a close-up and liked the result.
|I'm not sure about the name of these blue flowers.
Maybe someone will know.
|I am constantly impressed with the detail nature
puts in these creations.
|This rose is in the Rose Garden along the walk.
Only nature can unfold this beauty with perfection.
|I don't need to know the name of a flower to
snap a picture of it. The pure beauty is enough for me.
|I can't get enough of these California Poppies.
I actually didn't notice the bug until I was
looking over the images back at home.
|I enjoy watching the cruise ships come and go.
Almost all of Seattle's ships are on voyages to Alaska
|Here is a well loaded MSC container ship departing
Seattle, probably headed to Asia. The trip may take
as much as two weeks depending on where they are going.
|This little vessel, the Spirit of Seattle, takes tourists
on rides around Elliott Bay. There is one voyage daily that
goes through the locks to Lake Washington.
|If I'm walking around 6:30 AM I'm likely to see
a UPS plane taking off from nearby Boeing Field. It heads off
to the west, so I am curious if it is headed to Asia. If so, they
are probably chasing the sunrise all the way.
|Lots of Canada Geese enjoying the morning
and the green grass.
|Looking for breakfast.
|Sitting on the bench below this big
tree is a delight. When there is a light
breeze the leaves make a crackling sound.
|There are two paths ... one for pedestrians and one for bikes.
This view is on the bike path.
|The new vegetation looks so healthy.
|Notice the grass turning brown on the right side of
the walkway. The sprinklers don't reach that side of
the walk and we are now in the dry days of summer.
|A Foss Tug approaching Pier 90.
|Tug captain ... what a job!
|The Sally Ride is a research vessel based in
San Diego, California
|I was almost certain this bird would fly away
before I could snap a picture. It stayed put, and I
got lucky. I believe this is a House Finch.
Maybe someone will tell me if I'm wrong.
|I can't resist taking photos of my hummers
and adding them to the blog.
We know this is a male by the red feathers.
|It's unusual to see a container ship loaded with
uniform (all similar looking) containers.
|At anchor, not far from the walk path.
|Foss Tug operations base, Pier 90
|Icon of Seattle,
the Space Needle, was built for
the World's Fair 1962.
|I snapped this just after sunrise at Kerry Park.
This is possibly the most popular overlook for the city skyline.
|Can't get enough of Mt Rainier on clear days.
July 20th, 5:16AM
|Cruise ship departs for Alaska.
Closing thought ...
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”
– Abraham Lincoln