Don’t Stare

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Your mother told you so. Well? Don’t stare at the sun! You might start thinking that it looks like one of those art pictures you made in elementary school. You know, the one with the rays coming out. In crayon. And one day, you will be on a beautiful bluff, overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains on a sunny day, and just not be able to get the right shot anywhere because of the glare and angle of the sun. Caught you again! Just don’t stare. Photo: Taken at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in Shoreline on 6 October 2014.

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Olympic Mountains at Dusk

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As the sun is setting on a Summer day in Edmonds, the silhouette of the Olympic Mountains can be seen against the flaming orange sky. The Edmonds Public Fishing Pier can be seen in the foreground. Time for the small craft to return to port. Photo: Taken in Edmonds on 5 September 2014.

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“Unauthorized” Seattle Skyline

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You know, people have taken photos of the Seattle skyline from high viewpoints, from the water, and from a variety of other beautiful sites. The thing is, though, any city can also be photographed from a more realistic view. While this view is not the one that the Visitors Bureau wants you to see; it is indeed the view for many who work in this part of town. Photo: Taken in the SODO Industrial District in Seattle on 27 June 2014.

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Full Moon in the Clouds

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It was a dark and stormy night. Except that it wasn’t stormy at all. But at one in the morning, it was indeed cloudy, to the point where the full moon was just not all that visible. The moon does make quite an interesting pattern on the clouds and in the sky, though. (And…this may show up better or worse depending upon the angle you are viewing your screen at.) Photo: Taken in Edmonds on 14 July 2014.

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Allium Flower

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The Allium (allium sativum) is named after the latin word for “onion”. But when this flower shines in the Springtime, you’re just admiring it for it’s purple beauty. This example lives in a flower box along the pathway at the Port of Edmonds Marina. Photo: Taken at the Port of Edmonds on 12 May 2014.

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Wild Rose

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I take a lot of pictures of big things — ships, scenery, and so forth. But sometimes, the most beautiful things are those right at your feet. This nice little wild rose was living in a green space with a great view of the water right next to the railroad tracks. Yet its nice little splash of color does it’s part to make us happy, if only for a short time. Photo: Taken on a small bluff in Edmonds on 24 April 2014.

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Ferry Coming In

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The ferries keep coming in and leaving all day. The fine crew of the Washington State Ferry M/V Kittitas is keeping close watch as the ship makes its final approach to the terminal in Mukilteo. In the background, to be hidden from my vantage point for a few minutes is the City of Everett, with Providence Hospital being the most prominent feature from this angle. The Cascade Mountains are barely seen through the clouds. Photo: Taken from the beach in Mukilteo on 18 March 2014.

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Lighthouse Lamp

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Some things are different depending upon your point of view. Here we have just the lens part of the Mukilteo Lighthouse. Today, the light is known as much for it’s historical value as it is for it’s continuing value to mariners. The signs inside identify the landmarks that can be seen in various directions from the light. The trick, of course, is to time the picture so that you click the shutter before the light actually comes around for another flash. Photo: Taken at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo on 18 March 2014.

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Clinton Beach Park

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So I’m waiting for a ferry in the small community of Clinton at the Southern end of Whidbey Island. I decide to look around a bit and find a small park at Clinton Beach, adjacent to the ferry terminal. Yes, there’s a beach. Yes, there’s a darling statue called “Mother Otter and Pup.” And, yes, the park seems to come with a complete set of sandbox toys to play with at the beach. That’s a small town for you! Photo: Taken at Clinton on Whidbey Island on 30 June 2014.

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My Section of Beach

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With the tides just right at Brackett’s Beach in Edmonds, a couple of pieces of driftwood form an isolated tidepool. And right there, a local sea gull is seen watching over her newly formed “lake”. It’s her section of beach, of course. Sadly for her, there were no critters to be found there today. Photo: Taken in Edmonds at Brackett Landing Park on 4 November 2014.

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