|Full Sturgeon Moon|
as seen from home about 4 AM
|Another shot of the moon this morning ...|
clouds moving in.
|Arrival of Ovation of the Seas|
just before dawn.
|Best capture during today's walk along the waterfront.|
Kingfisher. And 1st time to see one here.
Making lots of noise which alerted me.
Just delighted to get this capture!
|My 1st in person visit to Mt Rainier National Park|
in 20+ years. Perfect weather, clear blue skies.
|The tall trees are impressive.|
|Getting this close to the mountain is simply amazing.|
This view, in person, is just hard to believe.
|The wildflowers were past prime but I couldn't resist|
snapping this Indian Paintbrush ... one of my
|Steps to the Skyline Trail at Paradise.|
This is a "must-do" walk.
Not difficult, but elevation near 5,000 ft has an effect.
Be sure to note the words on the steps.
August 11, 2022
|Looking from the trail to the South|
over the Lodge and with
the Tatoosh Range of the Cascade Mountains
in the distance.
|USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) at Pier 90|
Seafair is an annual event in Seattle.
The pandemic cancelled the event in 2020 and 2021.
3 Main parts of the event: Hydroplane Races on Lake Washington,
Blue Angels in the air, and Maritime Fleet Week, which
includes visiting Military Ships like CG 57 in photo above.
|My favorite part of Seafair is seeing the visiting Military Ships.|
This year we have ships from the USA and Canada.
I found it interesting to see that ships display medals of honor.
|Spotted this Navy Policeman early Monday, August 1, walking|
the deck of the USS Champlain. He looked serious
and well prepared for any unwelcome activity.
|This is one of two Coast Guard vessels guarding Pier 90|
while the Military Ships are here.
Most of my photos, here on the blog, are snapped while on my daily morning walks. However, a few are taken from other locations. The next three are taken from home.
|Late afternoon arrival of USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53)|
on Monday, August 1. The ship will be docked at Pier 90
during Seafair Fleet Week. Public visits are allowed.
|Early morning arrival of a cruise ship, Monday, August 1.|
Also docked near the Cruise Terminal is the M5,
Largest Single-Masted Sailboat in the World.
|Another shot of the M5 docked in Elliott Bay Marina.|
More Info on M5 in International Boat Magazine
|August 6th ... First time to ever see this many runners pass me|
on my morning walk. Wondered if they were from the Military
Ships visiting and docked at Pier 90.
|Someone had time and chalk.|
|Doesn't appear to have anything to do with Seafair.|
|A piece of driftwood I picked up.|
Sort of amazing to see all that was growing on the driftwood.
|The last few weeks I've spotted lots of bunnies on|
almost every walk.
Check out Saturday's Critters. It’s a great spot for sharing critter posts.
|Early morning sun peeking over the ridge to the east|
of the walk path. August 6th.
|Couldn't resist snapping this.|
|Reading up on this ... The plant creates these little cotton-like webs,|
which float away with tiny seeds to germinate in new locations.
Similar to a cottonwood tree.
The craftiness of nature amazes me!
|Expedia Group Security on duty. 😉|
|A little different way to get the exercise in.|
I will stick with walking.
|Fishing fun. I am surprised at how FEW people I see fishing|
in this area. August 5th.
|Boating fun. Again, I don't see many people out in Puget Sound|
in small boats like this. I think the guy wondered why I was
taking his picture. August 5th. Primarily, it was just
an unusual sighting.
|I see this Great Blue Heron frequently in shallow water|
near Pier 90. August 6th.
|It appears the bird has some damage to its right wing.|
|The Heron is amazingly efficient at capturing food.|
|This is the same bird on the same day but from a |
different angle with a mirror-like reflection.
|Great Blue Heron - August 6th - near Pier 90, Seattle|
|Expedia Group built this overlook spot as a part of their|
new global headquartes located here. I call this spot "the steps."
|Looking northeast from the steps to the Expedia Group|
Campus and the Grain Terminal, downtown in the distance.
|"The steps" is the spot where I stop for a moment when starting|
each daily walk to take a photo to record the sky conditions.
In the winter I'll be remembering this beautiful, clear morning.
|Mount Rainier, August 6th|
Clear sky, but left over haze/smog colors the sky.
|Closer look, Mt Rainier, August 6th, from Elliott Bay Trail|
|Beautiful clear morning, looking East on the waterfront|
walk. Saturday, August 6th.
|Humans had fun overnight leaving rocks on this stump.|
|MSC Container ship departing Seattle, probably for Asia.|
|A Foss tug.|
|Anchored, not far from Grain Terminal 86.|
The Terminal has been closed since early July for maintenance.
This ship may be waiting for clearance to dock at the Terminal
for loading grain.
|Heading to shore.|
This is my turn-around spot on my walks.
At this point, I've walked about 1.2 miles.
This photo and the next 3 = August 6th.
|Found some breakfast.|
|I believe this is a Robin.|
|Google Lens says this one is a |
Common Starling Sturnus Vulgaris
|Be sure to notice the name of the ship.|
To me, it seems funny to name a ship Phenomenal Diva.
One definition in the dictionary for
DIVA = a self-important person who is
temperamental and difficult to please. Hmmmm 😊
|Image on a sign along the walk path.|
|Terminal 86 Grain Facility|
[Official Port of Seattle Photo]
|August 6th, looking mostly West with the empty Grain|
Terminal and the Cruise Ships docked at Pier 91.
Important Look Ahead Weatherwise.
From Old Farmer's Almanac ...
Benjamin Franklin — 'Some people are weatherwise, but most are otherwise.'
Closing thought ...
listen without judgment
be happy without answers
talk without a cell phone
tolerate distress without drugs
feel your feelings without stuffing them
accept your past without denial
face your fears without avoidance
live without excuses
celebrate without alcohol
smile without taking a selfie
dream without fear
create without criticizing
give without reservation
love without conditions
be real without explanation
ask for help without shame.
Christopher Ian Chenoweth