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Space Needle, that tower again, Alki Beach, West Seattle, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: native Seattle, Alki Beach Park

For a late-winter afternoon in West Seattle, Alki Beach offers a quiet and breezy respite from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area which as the cityscape (and the presence of the Space Needle) shows is only a few miles away. The differences come as no surprise: the pace is slower, the sensibility is uncomplicated, outlook and livelihood directed by the adjacent waters of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound).⁣⁣⁣⁣
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⁣⁣⁣⁣Perhaps it’s the latter what the indigenous Duwamish and Coast Salish people were pondering when a group of white settlers in the Denny party came ashore in November 1851. With his own group, Chief Seathl (siʔaɫ, Si’ahl, Sealth) of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes arrived to meet the strangers from the sea. Today, a monument and various plaques around Alki Beach Park highlight how the Denny party attempted to start their new life in what is now West Seattle, before they pulled up stakes and moved the following April onto the high ground next to the muddy flats of what is now the Pioneer Square District. ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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⁣⁣⁣⁣In its place, the city might have once been called “New York Alki” by early white settlers, but eventually, the growing city would take the name of the indigenous chief.⁣⁣⁣⁣ The intervening decades would see competing views of “place-stories” to fit future dreams and mourn the apparent loss of the “pristine past” without any acknowledgment of responsibility; both could and would be used to sell the image of the city.
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I acknowledge my visit to the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish (Dxʷdəwʔabš) People past and present, and honour with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe (src). I made the photo above on 6 March 2020 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime and the following settings: 1/60-sec, f/11, ISO 800, and 18.5mm focal length (28mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-h9L.

Rainbow Bridge, Fidalgo Island, Swinomish Clannel, Salish Sea, Skagit County, La Conner, Washington, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday on Fidalgo Island: Rainbow Bridge

The following monthly series is based on a trip to the annual tulip festival in northwestern United States.

In northwestern Washington State, Fidalgo Island is located in the waters of the Salish Sea, about 14 miles (23 km) west from Mount Vernon and 38 miles (61 km) south from Bellingham.

At the southeast corner of Fidalgo Island, Rainbow Bridge completed in 1957 crosses over man-made Swinomish Channel and connects the Swinomish Tribe and Reservation on the island (left) with the mainland and town of La Conner (right). The view in the image above faces northeast.

I made the photo above on 19 April 2017 with a Canon EOS6D mark 1 with the following settings: 1/160-sec, f/14, ISO200, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-g1i.

Morning fog, autumn fog, Seattle P-I globe, West Thomas St Overpass, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

Seattle: the Sound and the Silence (WPC)

“Fog”, definition: “a thick cloud of tiny water droplets suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth’s surface that obscures or restricts visibility (to a greater extent than mist; strictly, reducing visibility to below 1 kilometre).”

Fog isn’t atypical for autumn or winter in the city of Seattle or in the Puget Sound region. While less effective than snow, the damping by fog on light and sound can still provide a modest visual and auditory sensation of silence. That is, until headlights and foghorns pierce the temporary cloak and illusion.


Morning fog, autumn fog, Seattle P-I globe, West Thomas St Overpass, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

740am, West Thomas Street Overpass (20171211).

Morning fog, autumn fog, Seattle P-I globe, West Thomas St Overpass, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

751am, West Thomas Street Overpass (20171211).

Morning fog, autumn fog, Seattle P-I globe, West Thomas St Overpass, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

830am northwest, into Sound fog (20171211).

Morning fog, autumn fog, Seattle P-I globe, West Thomas St Overpass, Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA, USA, fotoeins.com

840am southeast, as the sun burns through (20171211).


I made the photos above on 6 January 2015 on board the WSDOT Ferry MV Kaleetan from Bremerton to Seattle, and on 11 December 2017 near Myrtle Edwards Park. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-aYc.

Puget Sound, Salish Sea, WSDOT Ferries, MV Kaleetan, Bremerton, Seattle, Washington, USA, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Seattle emerges from Puget Sound fog

The late-morning starts out suitably winter grey, as the ferry leaves Seattle to traverse Puget Sound to Bremerton on the Kitsap Peninsula. On the return ferry to Seattle on board the MV Kaleetan, the fog and low stratus hang over the entire Sound, and I’m resigned to seeing a grim grey cloak for the entire trip. From the corner of my eye, I see something shimmer: it’s reflected sunlight from the Seattle skyline. The fog parts enough for a view of familiar landmarks from the television broadcast towers on Queen Anne Hill (left, north), the Space Needle (center-left), to the Columbia Center and the Smith Tower (right, south), as the early-afternoon sun casts a warm glow over the entire skyline. In the distance, WS Ferry MV Puyallup is about to dock at the Seattle ferry terminal.

I made this photo on 6 January 2015 with the Canon 6D, the 24-105 zoom, and the following settings: 1/400-sec, f/11, ISO500, and 24mm focal length. This post appears on fotoeins DOT com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6nk.

Puget Sound from Waterfront Park, Seattle, WA, USA

Fotoeins Friday: WSDOT ferry

Among many things, the American city of Seattle is known for Pike Place Market; the coffee (lots of coffee and cafés!); her sports teams: Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders; and the home city headquarters for Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks. A visit to Waterfront Park confirms another important and defining aspect of Seattle: her proximity to mountains and water. A number of WSDOT ferries go up and down and across Puget Sound, serving various communities in neighbouring San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula; some boats cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, Canada.


I made this photo on 10 February 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50 prime, and the following settings: 1/50-sec, f/2.8, ISO400, and 80mm effective focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-56a.

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