Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

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

Saturday, May 6, 2017

GREAT Ship(s) / Blooms / Postcards / Skies

Yes, this the GREAT Container Ship

Love the name.

Great Info from VesselFinder.com

Recent GREAT Ports of Call via VesselFinder.com

More Ships

All photos of ships are our own, unless otherwise specified. Our location in Seattle looks out over Puget Sound to the west, Bainbridge Island, and the Olympic Mountain Range.

Bulk Carrier waiting its time at the Grain Terminal
One of our favorites, just based on its name!

Twinkle Island!

CMA CGM Container Ship

China Shipping Line

Load of Logs
Departing Puget Sound for Asia

MSC Container Ship

Alaska Maritime Tug and Barge

Aircraft Carrier enroute Bremerton WA
Accompanied by smaller security vessels.

USS Nimitz
Early morning, April 28, 2017

Icebreaker 10 - The Polar Star

First of the Season Cruise Ship in Seattle

Holland America Eurodam
As seen from our vantage point overlooking the Cruise Terminal
April 29th  3:47 PM
The Holland America Eurodam arrived in Seattle, on April 29th. She docked at Pier 91 and was the first cruise ship of the Summer 2017 Season to visit Seattle. A more recent photo of the Eurodam is below as she arrived in Seattle on Saturday morning, May 6th, completing the first weekly adventure to Alaska.

Holland America Eurodam
Arriving Seattle, May 6th  5:21 AM
After 1st round-trip Seattle - Alaska - Seattle

Panama Canal Update

Disney Wonder first passenger vessel through expanded
Panama Canal
Photo Courtesy Disney Cruise Line
To our Maritime Friends:  You are aware of the Panama Canal's expansion project which was completed last year. Although the new locks have been open for about 10 months, the Disney Wonder was the first passenger ship to transit last Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Picture Courtesy of Disney Cruise Line
On May 2, 2017, four days ago, the Canal hosted its biggest ship yet: the COSCO Development, a Hong Kong ship that can hold over 13,000 18-foot cargo containers, and is as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall.
Cosco Development - Biggest Ship through expanded Panama
Canal so far
Photo Courtesy Panama Canal Authority
Want more info about the new Canal expansion?  Check out the video below, published by the Panama Canal Authority.

Spring 17 Blooms

All bloom pics are from recent walks in the neighborhood.




Postcards for the Weekend #36 - Traditional Craft Work

Linking up with Maria's Postcards for the Weekend where the theme for this week is "traditional craft work." Thanks to Maria for hosting. If you would like to see what other bloggers have chosen to post this week please follow the link to Maria’s blog for postcards worth viewing. Our contribution this week features a very old postcard titled "Indian Papoose" ... a Native American child carrier. How do you like the craft work?

Art by H H Tammen
Indian Papoose

Copyright 1903

Back of the unused card.

SkyWatch - Late April, Early May

Clouds and peaks.
Olympic Mountains

Storm Front moves through on May 4th
A most unusual thunderstorm afternoon.

Wondering if that is a new land slide in the Olympics?

Colorful sunset.
May 4th  8:31 PM

Even more colorful sunset.
April 13, 2017, 8:02 PM

Closing thought ...
    A life properly lived is just learn, learn, learn, all the time.
    Charlie Munger, May 6, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Yellowstone in Stereo / Cats on Postcards / SkyWatch

Yellowstone Stereoviews

In the early 1900s, some people, way ahead of their time when it comes to imaging, were into stereoviews. A stereo camera basically takes two pictures, which, when viewed through a stereoviewer, give a 3-dimensional image. Pretty cool, but expensive, in those days. Finding these view cards in good condition today is challenging. We have shared some of our Yellowstone National Park stereoviews in earlier posts. Today, some views of the Park taken by H. C. White. In the early 1900s he offered a box of 15 views, which ultimately ended up in our collection. Hope you enjoy some of the views below.

H C White Yellowstone Stereoview
Box of 15 views.
Also shown ... the viewer.
[ Click on any image to enlarge ]

Included in the box ...
The "Perfec" Stereograph
Edition de LUXE
Patented April 14, 1903.
(Almost 114 years ago)
The view above, showing a stagecoach entering the Park, is not marked with H C White's name as are the others below. The views are also attached to a slightly different color of card stock. Does this mean the card is not the work of H C White and/or did not originally appear in this box set? We don't know the answer to that. All of the cards are marked "Perfec" Stereograph.

In this view a stagecoach, full of tourists, has just passed over
the Gardiner River near the northern entrance
to the Park. They are on their way to Mammoth
Hot Springs, first major stop on their tour.

Mammoth Hot Springs
For scale, note the tourists at top left!

The stagecoach is passing the "Golden Gate" on the way
further into the Park.

Buffalo in Stereo!
Yellowstone National Park
Early 1900s
The perfect roundup for critter photos is Eileen's Saturday's Critters. Check out more critter photos at her linkup. Thanks, Eileen, for hosting!

Famous Fishing Cone
Yellowstone National Park
The view above is one of the better images we've seen of fishing cone. The story goes like this: A person fishing in Yellowstone Lake catches a nice fish, swings around and lowers the fish into the boiling water in the cone.  The fish is ready for dinner in a matter of a few seconds. Of course, today, you cannot walk out onto the cone and try this for yourself! :-)

Fort Yellowstone
early 1900s
Did you know that Yellowstone, even in the late 1800s, needed the Army to protect it? Yes, it's true, and that is what required Fort Yellowstone. The buildings in the view above show the quarters for the troops stationed there. This area, today, is called Mammoth.

By the way, it is not so easy to get a good scanned image of the stereoviews. The views are mounted on stiff cardboard which is slightly curved. Some parts of the scans may turn out slightly out of focus. It might be possible to get a better copy by using a camera, a very small aperture, and a lot light.

Postcards for the Weekend #32

By way of background, we think collecting postcards is a pretty neat hobby. One good thing is that you can get a lot of postcards into a small space when it comes to storage. And, of course, just about any thing you can think of can be featured on a postcard. Some of the folks who collect cards are into sharing them on the World Wide Web. Last year, one collector started a link-up for those of us who wish to share our cards and see what others have as well. That is how Postcards for the Weekend came to be. Each week, Maria, host of PFTW, sets a theme and asks us to linkup. This weekend is #32 of the linkup and the theme is "whimsical and/or magical". We were concerned that this would be a tough theme for us but we happened to take a look at one of the other bloggers who has already linked up, and, as it happens, another John, shared Whimsical Cats. Fortunately that reminded us of our card below, a cat cookout! Thanks to John Edwards for guidance and to Maria for hosting Postcards for the Weekend. Be sure to check out other cards by other bloggers at the linkup.

Cat Cookout!
Don't miss the champagne in the cooling log!
What a whimsical party!

Back of the unused card.


Pictures taken from our west facing window looking out over Puget Sound, Washington.

A bulk carrier vessel departs Seattle
under late afternoon rays of sunshine.
April 2nd  6:00 PM

Gold in the Clouds.
April 1st  7:38 PM
Check out more neat sky photos by other bloggers at Skywatch Friday.  Thanks to Yogi♪♪♪ for hosting!

Closing thought ...
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.
     Albert Einstein