Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Big Eagle and MORE

A really BIG EAGLE ...

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The Big Eagle is a charter yacht we spotted anchored out beyond the Elliott Bay Marina. This charter yacht has its own website.

For a closer look we went to a place known as Magnolia Bluff for the shot just above and below.

The "little boat" (in above pic) is sometimes called a "landing craft."  :-)

Question:  How to know the difference between a boat and a ship?
Answer:  You can put a boat on a ship. You cannot put a ship on a boat.

Sky Watch -- Thunder Moon

Almost Full Thunder Moon setting this morning, July 8  5:05 AM
Looking westward across Puget Sound, Washington
Linking up with Skywatch -- Thanks to Yogi♪♪♪ for hosting! And, you can read all about the Thunder Moon at Space.com

Summer Shots

First 2017 look - Volunteer Park Dahlia Garden

We've reported on the Volunteer Park Dahlia Garden for several years now. Here are a few shots of the first blooms in the garden. We snapped these pics on July 4th. Only a very few plants have bloomed. The garden is maintained by the Puget Sound Dahlia Association.

As you can see in the overview below, most of the plants have not bloomed yet. Dahlias are a fairly late blooming plant. We will give you another look toward the end of the summer! When this garden is in full bloom it is simply amazing!

Captured the Map Maker!

We might finally be getting a selfie the "long-way-around." On Wednesday we spotted the Google Maps Street View camera moving through our neighborhood. Happily, had the camera handy and snapped a photo! Now, when we look at this intersection in a few weeks, after Google updates Street View images, maybe we will be in the picture.  : - )

More cars, ships, and trains ...

Holland America's Eurodam arriving Seattle in
the predawn light July 8th  5:00 AM

The pic above reminded us of an old friend who collects old cars. This is a neat hobby but you need a lot of space and a lot of $$$$$ to do it right. Collectors keep the economy going! We snapped the photo on July 6, in our neighborhood.

Oil Train

We want to get a good video of the controversial "oil train" rolling though Seattle. On July 2nd, the train above was "parked" in the Interbay Yard down below our neighborhood. There are over 100 tank cars in this train ... as far as we could see down the track! The video is still on the "to do" list.

Coming soon on John's Island ...

One of the first books ever published on Yellowstone National Park.

Closing thought ...
One of our favorite blogs, Ruth's Photo Blog, recently published a closing thought we think well worth repeating. Thank you Ruth!
     Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

World Arrives in Seattle

The WORLD has arrived in Seattle!

The World, an enormous private cruise ship with 165 luxury homes on board arrived in Seattle this morning. Link to a local news article.  When it comes to ship spotting, this one is most unusual! In our photo above note that one of the ship's tenders is about to be lowered so that passengers can tender into port. Our regular cruise ship terminals are busy today with other cruise ships ... the Norwegian Pearl at Pier 66, Emerald Princess and Holland America Oosterdam at Pier 91.

The World's Website

Happy Canada Day 2017!

Canada celebrated her birthday yesterday, Saturday, July 1. Here are a couple of Canadian ships seen around Seattle over the last few weeks ...

More Maritime Sightings

Photo from the Web of OOCL's largest ship so far!

Sky Watch

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ships, Skies, Spelling and More

Recent Maritime Snaps
Cosco Shipping
Cosco Europe departing Seattle
May 24th  6:59 AM
We like the "wake"

Hapag Lloyd
Tokyo Express at anchor
May 25th  5:48 AM

Another view of the Tokyo Express at anchor
earlier date May 22nd  9:58 AM
Note: When anchored a ship swings around depending on tidal flow.

Emerald Princess at Pier 91 just before departure
May 28th  5:01 PM
Note the crowds of cruisers at the rails on upper deck.

Earlier view of Emerald Princess with
Holland America's Oosterdam behind on
May 28th
Note the Flags which are flown only while in Port

Holland America Oosterdam
Arriving Seattle May 28th  5:44 AM
This is our view looking to the west over
Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Ikara Container Vessel
Arriving Seattle June 1st  5:51 AM
We like the clean look of the hull.

Hapag Lloyd Santos Express
Departing Seattle June 1, 2017  6:21 AM
Anyone wanting to recommend any maritime sites for us to watch, please do so in a comment!

Full Flower Moon
May 9th  5:22 AM

May 4th  8:13 PM
Pleasant evening sky.
May 4th  8:31 PM
Zoomed out fully to give an overview
of the somewhat earlier shot above.

May 9th  4:56 AM
Moonlight on Puget Sound
just before dawn.

Ususual but it does happen.
Parasailing over Puget Sound.
May 14th  12:16 PM
Linking up with SkyWatch Friday -- Thanks to host Yogi♪♪♪

Trains ... 70 Years Ago

For fellow railfans, June is a good month to look back 70 years to the cover of Popular Mechanics magazine when they featured one of our favorite passenger trains, the Olympian, in the Rocky Mountains. From our collection of railroad memorabilia ...

Popular Mechanics Magazine
June 1947 Cover
Our favorite train ... The Olympian
Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul Railway


The National Spelling Bee has just been completed. Congratulations to winner Ananya Vinay! The Bee inspired Google to come up with the map below based on searches on their website. How did your state do? It amused us that Washington and Maine missed the same word!

Most Misspelled Words by States per Google Trends
June 1 2017

Postcards for the Weekend #39 - Country Map(s)

Maria, of Postcards for the Weekend, has challenged us to come up with a postcard to share which features a "country map." With a smile, here we go ...

A Pike Street Press postcard which expresses our feelings quite well.
Pike Street cards are handmade in Seattle
PS  We actually mailed this card to Maria a while back!

Closing thought ...
     There are only two industries which refer to their customers as "users" -- drugs and computers.
Edward R. Tufte