Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ships, Fall Color, Skies, Postcards

Greetings bloggers, friends, and visitors. Here is our November update from Seattle, Washington. Thank you for stopping by and your comments are welcome!

Ship Watch

USS John C. Stennis
Northbound, November 3rd 5:47 PM
Info on USS John Stennis

One Jet on Deck
For first time visitors: Unless otherwise mentioned, all photos are our own. Most of the ship photos are taken from our vantage point overlooking Puget Sound to the west.

Ocean Phoenix returns to Seattle
This is a "factory processor" ship for seafood harvest
November 4th  8:40  AM
Info on SS Ocean Phoenix

Matson Container Ship
Arriving October 27th  9:50 AM
Matson Website

Tug and Barge
Afternoon sun sparkles the Sound
October 27th  3:58 PM

Bering Titan Tug
Gliding under the Ballard Bridge
November 1st  2:31 PM
Info on Bering Titan

Fall Color Around the Neighborhood

Sky Watch

October 28th  5:54 PM

October 28th  5:55 PM

October 28th  5:58 PM

October 29th  5:50 PM

October 29th  5:52 PM
Enjoy sky photos? Check out Skywatch Friday for more neat photos. Thanks, Yogi♪♪♪, for hosting!

October 31  6:13 PM
Most unusual color!

November 1st  5:45 PM

October 24th  6:34 PM

October 27th  6:46 PM
East and West pass
Seattle - Bainbridge Island Ferry

November 2nd  5:09 AM
Near Full Moon over Pier 91 and
Elliott Bay Marina

November 2nd  8:10 AM
A most unusual rainbow over Bainbridge Island

A Postcard for the Weekend -- Theme:  Reflections

Moonlight on the Golden Gate
Postcard from about 1939
World's Fair San Francisco, California
From our vintage postcard collection.
Enjoy postcards? Check out Postcards for the Weekend for more neat cards! Thanks, Maria, for hosting!

A Reflection on Seattle Traffic 

Slower than Seattle traffic?
My oh my!
That is so slow!
Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

October's Golden Skies

Sky Watch ...

October 15th  6:15 PM

October 15th  6:19 PM
Last glimpse of the sun.

October 15th
Darkness falls over Two Brothers Mountain
Olympic Range
Lots of sky photos at Skywatch Friday and thanks, Yogi, for hosting!

October 16th  5:49 PM

October 16th  6:12 PM

October 16th  6:29 PM
As darkness falls, commuters head home to Bainbridge Island
on a Washington State Ferry

October 20th
Beams blast through clouds.

Ship Watch ...

October 17th  1:58 PM
COSCO Oceania arriving in Port

October 17th  4:50 PM
M S C Julie

October 18th  2:22 PM
Hapag Lloyd Rotterdam Express
arriving in a downpour.

Brilliant afternoon sun for Star Princess
final cruise ship  to leave Seattle - 2017 Season
October 20th  4:30 PM

Postcards for the Weekend ...

Cape Blanco Lighthouse
and State Park
on the Oregon Coast
(from our collection of vintage postcards)
Check out more neat Lighthouse postcards at Postcards for the Weekend and thanks to Maria for hosting!

Back of the unused card!

Description on back of card.
Pretty neat:  Most Westerly lighthouse in the Continental U.S.

Northwest Tea Festival 2017 ... Tenth Anniversary!

One of our favorite postcards, we've posted before.
Tea Time!
We recently attended the 2017 Northwest Tea Festival. Do you like tea? If so, you should go to one of these festivals. Just had a great time.

Upon entering the Festival they give you a cup for taste testing!
Thought this was pretty cool. 

Fall color ...

Couldn't resist including this shot of color in the neighborhood.
October 16th  2:08 PM
Closing thought ...
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
     John Muir

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mid October Skies and More

Sky Watch ...

October 10th  6:15 PM
Looking westward over Pier 90
Please click on any image for a larger view.

Linking up with Skywatch Friday -- Thanks to Yogi for hosting!

Colorful sunset WITH sun pillar ... October 9th ...

October 9th  6:42 PM
Note the sun pillar ... Have seen a few of those this past summer.

October 9th  6:48 PM
The deep redish-orange sky was amazing!
Those are the Olympic Mountains to the west
of Seattle
 Read about sun pillars here. (By University of Illinois)

October 10th  6:15 PM

Ship Watch ...

October 10th  11 AM
Talk about stealthy!
Hard to ID submarines out in Puget Sound
They do not show up on tracker sites on the web.
Re the photo above:  Just curious ... Why does an obviously military submarine need two escort vessels through Puget Sound? Possibly to prevent encounters with protesters? Let me know in the comments! By the way, that photo is a long shot ... the sub is about 4 miles from our window.

US Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf  -  WMSL 750
Heading toward Port of Seattle
October 11th  12:15 PM
 More about USCGC Bertholf

Viking Queen
Classification unknown.
Strange looking vessel with two cranes.
Possibly for marine construction?
Northbound out of Elliott Bay, Oct 11th 10:47 AM
Unusual visitor ... National Geographic Quest

National Geographic's Quest
Pier 90, Seattle, October 13th  11:30 AM
From the National Geographic Expeditions website:  "The National Geographic Quest is a state-of-the-art expedition ship, and one of the newest additions to the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet. This fully stabilized vessel is designed to navigate narrow inlets and wildlife-rich passageways inaccessible to larger ships, while comfortably accommodating 100 guests in 50 outside cabins. Along with spacious viewing decks, this nimble vessel carries innovative exploration tools, including a SplashCam and a hydrophone that enable us to look and listen beneath the waves."

National Geographic Expeditions

Photos from Quest's Naturalist October 11th

More ...

Postcards we like from our postcard collection ...

Repro of an antique postcard.
An African Parrot ...
possibly Rosy-faced lovebird?
If you know, please leave a comment & thank you!
If you like the card above you will like these links -->  Postcards for the Weekend and Saturday's Critters. To the hosts of these blogs ... To Eileen, Thanks for hosting and congratulations on Saturday's Critters post #200! ... And to Maria, thanks for hosting Postcards for the Weekend and we sure hope your business trip to the USA is a great success! We hope to see you while you are in Seattle!
Back of the unused card.

Sea Creature by Morgan Green, Tsimshian
"The sea has been a generous provider for our people."
[The Tsimshian are an indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast.]
 Read more about the Tsimshian
Back of Sea Creature -- Unused Postcard

For our RAILFAN friends ...

We like to share items from our collection of vintage railroad memorabilia. One of our favorite items is shown below. Imagine the year is 1938 and you've been hearing about opportunities to become wildly successful ranching or farming in newly settled parts of the country. There's no way to Google it, so perhaps you send a postcard to a railroad company, like the Great Northern, and ask for information. At this time in history the railroads are trying to encourage development in the territories they serve, which will ultimately mean profits for them. Here is a typical package of information you would have received in the mail ...

Envelope of information postmarked January 11, 1938
From Mr. E. C. Leedy, Great Northern Railway
Postage cost:  4 and 1/2 cents.

Zone of Plenty booklet

Back of the booklet

Letter:  Replying to your inquiry ...

Own Your Home in the Zone of Plenty States
Ranching and Farming opportunities abound!

Detailed info on States in the Zone of Plenty

Full list of Zone of Plenty States
 More like Zone of Plenty booklet

Envelope provided if you wish more information.
Sheet behind shows fares to various locations.
Closing thought ...
(How do you like this one?)
     In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.
     George Orwell (Author of Nineteen Eighty-four)

Thank you for stopping by John's Island!