Photo of the Week - October 22, 2010

Bus tour of the Port of Tacoma
  • Time Wednesday, October 27 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Another tour will be offered: Friday, Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Location The Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd., Tacoma, WA
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at the monster machines that move cargo during a free, 90-minute bus tour of the Port of Tacoma.
  • Space is limited and reservations are required. Children age 6 and older are welcome. Photo identification is required for passengers 17 years of age and older.
  • Reserve your seat by calling (253) 383-9463 or e-mailing
More info:

Dusk at the Port of Tacoma
The ship in the foreground is the Horizon Consumer. To track the ship's current position, click here.
Vessel's Details
Ship Type: Cargo
Year Built: 1973
Length x Breadth: 220 m X 29 m
DeadWeight: 25651 t
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 22.1 / 17.2 knots
Flag: USA [US]
Call Sign: WCHF
IMO: 7224306, MMSI: 368600000

According to the Port of Tacoma Facebook Page -
"The Horizon Consumer will be "parked" at the south end of the APM Terminals dock for the next month or so. In late November it will begin carrying freight to and from Alaska as a substitute for the Horizon Kodiak. The Kodiak will be going into dry dock for maintenance."

Photo of the Week - October 19, 2010

Water drops on a spider web in my neighbor's yard
Olympia, WA

Photo of the Week - October 16, 2010

Photo taken in Georgetown
Seattle, WA
October 16, 2010
The beautiful fall weather we have been having these past three weeks has lent to many opportunities to photograph with contrasty, shadow filled light. This peeling decal was found on the side of a graffiti and cartoon covered van in the eclectic Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle.

Migration: The Transformative Power of Birds and Nature

November 12, 2010
7 pm Free to the Public
Barn Beach Reserve, Leavenworth, WA

Join us for an evening of photographs, humorous stories and inspiring tales about critters and birds who may just hold the hold the keys to enlightenment. Or, at least know where the garage door opener is hidden! Nature photographer Michele Burton is featured photographer of "The Wild Within: Wetlands of the Washington Park Arboretum" and author of "Woodland & Wetland: Puget Sound Birds" (limited edition), and "Patterns in Nature," a book of kaleidoscope images. She teaches photography at Bellevue College, leads photo workshops. Her macro botanical images can be seen at Swedish Hospital and on a series of notecards.

Barn Beach Reserve is the home of a nature center, Icicle Arts, and the Upper Valley Museum at Leavenworth, on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. The Reserve and an adjacent city park combine to create a protected greenbelt of more than 50 acres of mature, streamside forest that includes Blackbird Island, a popular stop on Audubon's Great Washington Birding Trail.

Photo of the Week - October 6, 2010

West Point Lighthouse
Discovery Park
Seattle, WA
October 6, 2010

West Point Lighthouse Essay 4183 :

The West Point Lighthouse, built in 1881 by the U. S. Lighthouse Service, marks the hazardous shoal and northern entrance into Elliott Bay. The beacon, located in Seattle’s Discovery Park at the base of Magnolia Bluff, is a small squat tower, rising only 23 feet above the low sandy point. The West Point Light Station, which remains essentially unchanged from the time it was built, in on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to being an important piece of Seattle’s maritime history, the lighthouse continues to be a vital aid-to-navigation.

Pleasant on Pleasant Days
Although, seemingly a pleasant location with a spectacular view, during the stormy winter months the light station takes quite a beating. Logs and debris have been tossed up on the station grounds, sometimes against the stout masonry buildings. In 1885, a winter storm washed away much of the sandy beach and grounds at the light station. Logs were used to build a protective bulkhead and the damaged area was backfilled with sand and gravel. Over the years, large quarry rocks and riprap have been placed along the beach as a breakwater to further protect the lighthouse from the elements.

To read more of the essay by Daryl C. McClary, check out
To view an historic 1907 image of the lighthouse, featuring the first outing of the Seattle Mountaineers,  photographed by legendary photographer Asahel Curtis, visit Paul Dorpat's site at 

Photo of the Week - September 30, 2010

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