leaving seattle

leaving seattle

On the far left are the Pier 86 grain silos. Mid-left is the Space Needle. In the middle is the city itself. The white arches on the mid-right are Qwest Field; the dark arches farther right are Safeco Field. The red cranes on the right are various terminals along Alaskan Way, ending up with Harbor Island.

This is a six-shot panorama, handheld, taken from the stern of the MV Tacoma about a fourth of the way to Bainbridge Island. The distortion is a combination of shooting wide angle (27mm equivalent) and parallax because of a single shooting position. I tried fixing it in Photoshop Elements, but it just got worse.

Direct link to the massive image here.

August 29, 2010. On board the MV Tacoma, Puget Sound, Washington.

hanging on

hanging on

I noticed this little paper wasp out the window this morning.  You can see one of his wings is damaged and combined with the cool temperature (55°F) he moved slowly enough that I could take a few photos. He’s about a half inch long.

August 28, 2010. druid labs pnw.

glossy lava

Glossy lava

According to the National Park Service:

[…] highly gas-charged molten rock cools and solidifies during flight and rains down to form cinder cones. If you look closely at cinders you will see that they are laced with gas holes and resemble a sponge.

The shiny parts are magma that has fused into glass, perhaps with some traces of metals.

I found this lava chunk as I was hiking up Inferno Cone. It was very light weight because of all the bubble cavities.

August 6, 2010. Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho.

missed a spot

missed a spot

To paraphrase a scene from a Sherlock Holmes novel, “I see that you are right-handed, and your bathroom has a window on the right side of the sink mirror.”

July 27, 2010. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

watching the parade go by

watching the parade go by

Here’s how observant I am not. I was walking down the sidewalk on photo safari and I saw the rainbow star against the darker stucco. I thought “That’s a nice picture,” and took a photo. Did I notice the fake birds? Not a chance; not until I was working on the image…

August 2, 2010. Powell, Wyoming.

stacks in the fog

stacks in the fog

Ah, memories of the good old days. When street urchins dreamed about working at the mill and gazed longingly across the haze at the buildings, shrouded in their secrecy.

This is all just fog. The paper mill stacks are actually pretty clean.

May 20, 2007. Port Townsend Paper Mill, Pete Townsend, Washington.

steely fork stabbing

steely fork stabbing

I’ve never had a deep-fried Twinkie. It was time. And now that I have satisfied that glucose-busting urge, I can say, “Meh.” I was expecting a more pronounced gooey center; alas, the creamy filling in Twinkies has been shrinking almost since Continental Bakeries started making them.

But it was batter-dipped and fried, so that makes it tasty!

July 27, 2010. Shorty Small’s, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

dominos then and now

dominos, then

dominos, now

Without the roll-your-own tobacco, and with slightly healthier food stuffs. Oh, and iced mixed drinks.

(Top image from the “Prosperity Junction” late 1800’s town replica in the National Cowboy museum.)

July 27, 2010. National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum & Dave and Paula’s, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

sorry they turned up the bass

sorry they turned up the bass

It adds a whole new dimension to “bringing down the house”…

This is the entrance chamber of Indian Tunnel, in Craters of the Moon. Indian Tunnel is a lava tube, about 800 feet long. Various portions of the tube have collapsed over the centuries, letting in daylight and making this tunnel the easiest one to hike in the National Monument.

At the back of the chamber you can see light from another hole in the roof, signaling the way to more chambers and finally the exit.

August 6, 2010. Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho.