Everett and Mount Baker

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An early Summer photo of Mount Baker is seen here from Puget Sound. The occasion was the first day of service for the new Washington State ferry M/V Tokitae. The Everett Waterfront in in the foreground, including the Everett Naval Base, home of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, seen here. Photo: Taken from Puget Sound near Mukilteo on 30 June 2014.

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Different Colored Iris

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So, I’m driving around in a residential neighborhood near Bitter Lake in North Seattle. Inside one of those traffic circles in the intersection was a number of these pretty purple and yellow irises. I don’t know if they have a seperate name of some sort, but I do know that they are a quite interesting color. Photo: Taken in North Seattle on 1 June 2014.

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Ship Canal Bridge

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THe Ship Canal Bridge carries Interstate 5 over the Lake Washington Ship Canal near Lake Union in Seattle. It is not often photographed from this angle, though. What you don’t hear is the roar of the freeway over the park. Photo: Taken from South Passage Point Park in Seattle on 1 August 2014.

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University Bridge Open

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During the Summer, it seems that all of the bridges along the Lake Washington Ship Canal are open as much as they are closed. Here, we see the drawbridge, a nearby boathouse, a construction crane, and four ducks. Ironically, ducks in the shadow of the U of Washington campus. No Huskies in sight, though. Photo: Taken from South Passage Point Park in Seattle on 1 August 2014.

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Waiting for the Drawbridge

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A bit of bad luck this week as I arrived at the University Bridge just as it was starting to go up for a passing  sailboat. At least I was the first one across when it came back down. Photo taken in Seattle on 1 August 2014.

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Flower House in West Seattle

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Some people have flowers in their yard, and some people have flower boxes. I don’t quite know how to classify this one, as the people who live here have virtually turned their whole house into a garden. Or a flower box. The West Seattle houses face beautiful Alki Beach with a full view of Elliott Bay and Seattle. Here is a closer view:

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It just goes to show that you can do something spectacular when space is at a premium. Photos: Taken at Alki Beach in West Seattle on 20 August 2013.

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Footprints in the Sand

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Today, my sandals will be sitting (standing?) in for me while I take a quick dip into the Skykomish River. There will be more pictures at some point of my day at the river, but for today, my sandals will tell their story: “Hey, people up there! Quit stomping us so hard when you walk across the rocks to the river to get those cool pictures!” Well, OK. But I thought I was being nice letting them relax on the sandy beach. Photo: Taken at the Big Eddy River Access on the Skykomish River near Gold Bar on 6 August 2013.

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Five Little Ducklings

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OK, I suppose it would have been more accurate to call this “Five Little Sailboats.” Of course it would have. But the thought of ducklings is cuter, no? These little boats sitting in a row on Lake Washington belong to some local sailing club. On a sunny day, too! Photo: Taken near the Leschi Neighborhood in Seattle, on the banks of Lake Washington, on 23 July 2013.

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Ferries Passing in the Fog

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I guess something just intrigued me about all of the foggy days we had recently. One of those things might have been the constant sound of ship’s horns that have been echoing off of our hillside lately. So I went down to see them at water level. Here, the ferry M/V Spokane (on the right) can be seen heading off toward Kingston. The ferry M/V Walla Walla is seen coming toward us in Edmonds. Just two ferries passing in the fog. Albeit at a much safer distance than they would on a clearer day. Photo: Taken from the Public Fishing Pier in Edmonds on 24 October 2013.

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Fog Visibility

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We had a really foggy week here a couple of weeks ago. Some mornings, the fog visibility was just about zero. On this morning, you can see the bush a few feet away, but not the rest of the soccer field that is out there under the trees. Oh, yes. You can see the shoes hanging from the wire, too. Photo: Taken at Richmond Highlands Park in Shoreline WA on 24 October 2013.

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