Category Archives: Blue Sky

Pigs on Parade #1

A few years ago the Pike Place Market celebrated its 100th anniversary. One of the more interesting events surrounding this occasion was called Pigs on Parade. Various sculpted pigs were given out to various artists to decorate/paint as they wished. The Pigs would then be placed at various locations in downtown Seattle. I went around one day and photographed as many as I could find in the time frame I had given myself. So, over the next couple of weeks I will be posting those photos. The Golden pig, in this post, was stationed on top of a building in the Market itself.

Black Sun

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Ireland 2014

A sampler of Irish landscapes taken in 2014. The Cliffs of Moher* are behind me and the other three images are from two different spots in the Irish countryside.

*I still haven’t mastered the ‘selfie’.

Blowin’ in the Wind

Just a few blocks from our house this view presents itself. This view is looking southwest along Marine View Drive and Puget Sound. When I took daily walks I would walk along this section of Marine View Drive. One of the perks of living where we do; just a few minutes walk from a pretty cool view. Hasn’t changed much in the 60 years I have lived in Arbor Heights.

Fall Images (con’t.)

The palm tree is actually right across the street from the “Palette” image in the previous post. A little bit of everything here in the Pacific NW, I guess. The wildflower is from the Duwamish River area and the other two images are from our neighborhood here in Arbor Heights, West Seattle.

Blue Angels

As seen through the smoke that blankets Western Washington, the Blue Angels.

F-22

Yesterday one of my brothers in law took us out on Lake Washington on his 50′ yacht. Pretty amazing experience. Before the Blue Angels practiced, this F-22 did some fly-bys. Pretty amazing aircraft, as it can almost hover.

We are experiencing smoke from the wildfires in British Columbia, to our north. The photos I will post following this post will show you how smoky it has been this week; kind of looks like 1970’s Los Angeles, no offense to LA.

Also, I didn’t take my camera bag with me on the yacht, but just my camera and a portrait lens. I wasn’t able to get the best shots with this lens, even extended all the way out. There were about 22 of my wife’s family on board the yacht, a 50′ Bayliner that is equipped beyond what I could do justice describing.

View from the Pike Place Market

Yesterday, on a Chamber of Commerce weather day, we took our two grandkids to the Pike Place Market to have lunch and to check out the refurbed section of the Market. We traveled by bus from West Seattle; I have to insert that I think comparing NYC Subways and Seattle Metro buses is likely close to happening).

Highlights of the images ( which are all  shot on my iPhone, with the aid of a detachable lens  are: The Wheel, Mt. Rainier, Elliott Bay, Alki Point in West Seattle and the soon-to-become extinct Viaduct/SR99.

One of the highlights of the outing was viewing and contributing to the new Gum Wall!

Anyway, the foray into downtown Seattle for a few of hours was about all my broken down body could endure. The current Seattle agency in charge of tourism promotion of the city seemed to be doing a bang up job as the Market was jam packed, even for a Tuesday!

Trio

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Duwamish Access VII

After getting past a No Trespassing sign and fence I was able to get a closer look at this closed pedestrian pier and dock. In the background of one of the images you can see the West Seattle high-rise bridge. This bridge was a replacement for a drawbridge that was hit by a ship back in the 1980’s, I believe.

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