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Smith Tower, Colman Dock, Pier 50, 2nd Avenue, Space Needle, Puget Sound, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Seattle cityscape from Smith Tower

The view at the top of the historic Smith Tower in downtown Seattle is unobstructed, even though the tower is no longer the tallest building in the city. From its inauguration in 1914 until 1931, Smith Tower at a height of 148 metres (484 feet) was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

Aside from the protective fence, we’re outside and exposed without glass to get in the way of the view (and avoid internal reflections). As we walk around the observation deck, it’s no surprise to feel the force of the expected onshore breeze from the northwest. At left is Pier 50 and Colman Dock for Washington State WSDOT ferries which traverse Puget Sound. The Seattle Great Wheel is at centre, and following 2nd Avenue from the lower-right to the upper-right, your eye is drawn to the Space Needle in the distance.

I made the picture above on 10 October 2016 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/1000-sec, f/16, ISO2000, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bA7.

Clark's Point, Bellingham Bay, Lummi Island, Samish Bay, Puget Sound, Salish Sea, Pacific Northwest, PNW, Bellingham, Washington, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Samish Bay from Bellingham Clark’s Point

This post is the fifth and final March Fotoeins Friday from the Samish Bay area in northwest Washington State (USA). Samish Bay is a small body of water in northern Puget Sound, itself a part of the larger Salish Sea.

This southwest view is dominated by Lummi Island (centre-right) with Eliza Island in the foreground, and Cypress Island at centre-background. The view includes a line-of-sight to Anacortes, but the city is hidden by Guemes Island. Coming to this viewpoint, I thought about what the indigenous population must have thought of these waters and what they brought to their home, and about what sailors in the Spanish Navy must have thought when they saw these waters for the first time in the late 18th-century. After all, these islands are called the San Juan Islands.

I made this photo on 21 April 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/18, ISO500, and 32mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-aLi.

Larrabee State Park, Samish Bay, Puget Sound, Salish Sea, Pacific Northwest, PNW, Bellingham, Washington, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Larrabee State Park, Samish Bay

This post is the fourth of five March Fotoeins Fridays from the Samish Bay area in northwest Washington State (USA). Samish Bay is a small body of water in northern Puget Sound, itself a part of the larger Salish Sea.

The afternoon sun pokes through low-lying marine stratus on this early-spring afternoon in Larrabee State Park, down the road from Bellingham. We saw a woman and her child enjoying a quiet afternoon on the beach, and while the child was just up the shore, I caught their mother in “spotlight.” That’s the beach, there’s the waters of Samish Bay, and those are the San Juan islands in the Salish Sea. The Spanish names to various geographical features in the region acknowledge the voyages into these waters by the Spanish navy in the late-18th century.

I made this photo on 18 April 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/22, ISO500, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-aLy.

Taylor Shellfish Farms, Samish Bay, Puget Sound, Salish Sea, Pacific Northwest, PNW, Bellingham, Skagit Valley, Washington, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: low tide on Samish Bay in the PNW

This post is the third of five March Fotoeins Fridays from the Samish Bay area in northwest Washington State (USA). Samish Bay is a small body of water in northern Puget Sound, itself a part of the larger Salish Sea.

We’ve come to this place by design, but if you don’t already know, you can easily miss the turnoff from Chuckanut Drive. The one-lane road gently descends the cliff to the rail tracks and the water’s edge. On the shoreline in Skagit County is the Taylor Shellfish Farms where the big thing is oysters. It’s low tide, and the waters have backed out for hundreds of metres. Visible at centre is a farm employee in hip waders on the mudflats and inspecting the farm beds. It almost feels as if you can walk clear out to the islands in the distance. Almost.

I made this photo on 18 April 2017 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 glass, and the following settings: 1/800-sec, f/22, ISO1000, and 47mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-aLr.

Roozengaarde, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Skagit Valley, Tulip Festival, tulips, Mount Vernon, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: 1 tulip of many, Skagit County

This post is the second of five March Fotoeins Fridays from the Samish Bay area in northwest Washington State (USA). Samish Bay is a small body of water in northern Puget Sound, itself a part of the larger Salish Sea.

One tulip stands on its own surrounded by a sea of a different colour. Under overcast skies and the occasional light rainshower, it is diffuse grey light which casts soft shadows, and bright reds and purples aren’t completely “blown out” in frame. Last year’s visit (2017) to Roozengaarde during the annual Tulip Festival is memorable by the depth and variety of colours, by the potential for large crowds, and by the delicious food at various places throughout Skagit Valley.

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place annually throughout the month of April. The main sources for tulips are about 30 to 40 minutes drive south from Bellingham.

Thanks to Roozengarde (tulips.com), I made the photo above on 19 April 2017 with the Canon 6D, 70-300 glass, and settings: 1/200-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 115mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie on fotoeins.com at http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9Lb.

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