Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west side of San Juan Island, Washington

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west side of San Juan Island, Washington

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west side of San Juan Island, Washington

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west side of San Juan Island, Washington

Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the west side of San Juan Island, Washington

Saturday, June 30, 2012

No. 61 NASA Super Guppy brings home 1st Major Piece of Shuttle Trainer

June 30th, 2012
Boeing Field
King County International Airport, Seattle Washington

John Brecher /
 One of the strangest flying metal bird in aviation history came by Seattle, Wa to drop off its first of three special deliveries. Just before noon NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft, carrying Crew Compartment of the Space Shuttle Trainer, broke through some low ceiling clouds just in time to make a low level flyover over the runway before heading to downtown Seattle on its way up the shoreline to Everett, WA.  Super Guppy NASA941 returned to Boeing Field around 12:30pm to a large crowed gathered along the runway, Perimter Road, the Hills, and the Museum of Flight Parking Lot.

NASA Super Guppy
Super Guppy Cargo Transport over Elliot Bay, Seattle WA
NASA Super Guppy
Super Guppy over Georgetown District
NASA Super Guppy
NASA Super Guppy flies low over the Runway at Boeing Field
NASA Super Guppy
NASA Guppy flies abeam the Museum of Flight
NASA Super Guppy
Shuttle Trainer headed for downtown Seattle
Space Needle meets Space Shuttle (Joshua Trujillo,

NASA Super Guppy
Shuttle on Short Final
NASA Super Guppy
The FST has landed in the Emerald City
NASA Super Guppy
First large Fuselage Section rolls down the runway to Museum of Flight
NASA Super Guppy
Bring the Shuttle FST to its new home

Friday, June 29, 2012

No. 60 Shooting Fireworks: The Basics

Kenmore Fireworks 7/4/2010

In this tutorial on "Shooting Fireworks" I will go over some things to concider when planing your evening night out under the phospherous sparklers, your camera settings, list accessories that will help you improve your chances at capturing good quality images for beginning photo enthusiats to more experienced photo enthusists.

Happy Holidays and have a Safe Night out Shooting!!!

Firework displays are definitely spectacular events to watch and photograph. They happen at various times of the year and happen in various lengths and show sizes. You can find them on New Years Eve, at Home Town Holidays, outdoor Sporting Events, 4th of July Celebrations, Outdoor Concerts, and even at theme parks.

Shooting Fireworks Basics

#1 Planning your Evening
       The more time you invest in collecting the details prior to the show will increase your photography success and help take away many stress points during your evening. Its a pretty import factor hence it's my #1 Tip.There will be plenty of other photographers and families out that evening making it more difficult to navigate the area once everyone starts arriving.
 Location … Location, Location.... is important. Select your city or park and SCOUT the area a day or two ahead of time.  By checking out & scouting the area you can find the best spot to setup your viewpoint. If you are headed to a familiar spot then you will remember where the fireworks are best scene from or at least know where they will be fired from. If this is your first time, you can look for the pit area with the stacks of 3 foot pipe being setup. Walking the grounds look for an area that is clear from trees and power lines, banners etc for an unobstructed view of the show. If you want to add depth or scale to your shot then look for that lonely tree or tree line, building etc. If there is a water feature consider the reflections of the fireworks in the lake, river, fountain as well. In cities with tall buildings you might get reflections in the windows or shiny metal facades.
Entry and Exit Strategy. Seems like a war room plan, but when hundreds or thousands of people congregate in small area within a few hours and then depart at the same time you will need a plan.
The day you head out to scout the location bring along a printed map version of the location with neighborhood streets legible. You might be able to drive right up to the park that day but during the actual fireworks there is a good chance that the parking lot and surrounding streets will be closed to traffic except for Staff, Volunteer, Emergency Crews, Media, VIPs, and vendors. Keep an eye out for street closure signs as you arrive cause you might end up wanting to be south or east of the park anyway for your view vs following the crowds. Look in the local paper & search online for information about the event, ask a park ranger, call the recreational office, police department about planned lane & road closures. Find out about prohibited items. It would certainly be pain to have to carry items back to your car if the event didn't allow coolers, coolers of certain sizes, chairs, backbacks etc. Remember the more you know before leaving your house the better :)

#2 Getting There
Because firework displays attract a large number of people both young and old, photographers and non photographers to the grassy knoll its best to show up early and "claim" your spot.
-Clean out your car beforehand and leave your valuables (laptop, iPods, iPads, extra camera gear etc) at home.
-Do not bring Everything but the Kitchen Sink
If you haven't used a lens or accessory in weeks, why would you need it for a 30min shoot at night??
-A smaller setup will keep your camera & lens trained on the pyro-action versus having your head in the camera bag.
-Arrive Early & Stay Late

Continue Reading Tips #3-#6

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

No. 59 Brackett's Landing, Edmonds

Brackett's Landing
Edmonds, WA

Location: Brackett's Landing and the Underwater Park is located immediately next to the Edmonds terminal of the Kingston ferry. Take I-5 to Edmonds and follow the signs towards the ferry. Don't get in the ferry lanes. Turn left towards the ferry at the intersection at the front of the ferry lane. Turn right into the Brackett's landing parking lot immediately across the railroad tracks.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

No. 58 Anacortes, WA Homeport to the San Juans

Distance from Seattle, WA = 90 miles
aprox 1hr 30min drive time 

Anacortes is homeport to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. Located on Fidalgo Island, it is conveniently situated halfway between Seattle and Vancouver BC and is the destination point for the San Juans and International ferry runs for Washington State. Whether you are planning a day trip or a vacation, Anacortes has something for everyone. Whale watching tours, kayaking excursions, sailing, boating, birding, fishing, crabbing, hiking or biking to name a few. The Skagit Tulip and Anacortes Arts festivals are enjoyed by all ages. 
As you make the turn west along Hwy 20 you get to travel through the small town of Mount Vernon, the home of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, if your visiting outside of April/May you wont see any colorful flowers in the fields but seeing the size and scope of the growers fields will make you want to come back during the tulip blooming season and see acres of vibrant colors.
Anacortes has Washington State Ferries dock and terminal serving Lopez Island, Shaw Island, Orcas Island, and San Juan Island, as well as Victoria, British Columbia (via Sidney, British Columbia) on Vancouver Island. There is also a Skagit County-operated ferry that serves Guemes Island, a residential island located across a strait north of Anacortes. 
The city of Anacortes was home to a large fishing industry with up to 23 fish processing plants up until the 1980s. Only a few remain operational. If you ever had a fish sandwhich at Burger King or Wendy's it was probably processed through Trident Foods, Anacortes. 
You don't need to settle for frozen grub because there are plenty of restaurants offering all sorts of fresh local seafood around town. And if your feeling a bit full and need to walk off some that last brunch late I would suggest visiting Washington Park. Continue west on Oaks Ave/ Hwy 20 and it will bring you right to it. Washington Park sits on a peninsula at the west end of Fidalgo Island. The 220-acre city park features camping, a boat launch, and day use picnic sites. A scenic 2.2-mile loop road winds through the park’s forested hills and meadows with views of the San Juan Islands and Olympic Mountains.

View from Above-Anacortes, Wa
Down Town Anacortes and Marina from the bluff atop Cape Sante on a nicer spring day 

Crab pots lining the docks in Anacortes, WA
Lobster pots waiting to be placed abored local fishing vessels

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Anacortes Commercial Fishing Dock

Fisherman loading cab pots onto his crab boat
A Fisherman loading his gear

You can catch a Washington State Ferry in Anacortes to various points of call in the San Juans and also to Syndney, BC

Loop Road in Washington Park

No. 57 Edmonds Pier & Marina

Rating : 4 out 5
Distance from Seattle, WA : 17 miles
Reason to go:
Edmonds offers a small town feel right up against the shoreline of Puget Sound. It has views of Puget Sound and both the Olympic Mountains and Cascade Range. It is a port in the Washington State Ferries system. Currently, the only ferry from Edmonds is a run to Kingston, Washington.
There are many tiny shops dotting the streets around downtown from a cheese monger, fashion stores  to PBS's Rick Steves own Travel Shop .
Its a nice town to pick up a quick lunch and window shop, or grab an ice cream and head on down to the waterfront. Its pedestrian friendly with many crosswalks and 20mph speed restricted. On nice summer evenings and on the weekend it will get very crowded both downtown and in the surrounding parks. Arrive early or late to avoid the crowds of families coming out to go to food, art, jazz festivals  or just play on the beach.

checkout Edmonds Events Calender 
View the Current Edmonds to Kington Ferry Schedule 

Everyone is Tucked in
Covered Boat Slips at Port of Edmonds
pier and break water
Looking South towards the Public Fishing Pier
Marina Jetty
Marina Jetty and Fishing Pier
South view of Edmonds Ferry
South of Ferry Terminal
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Locals fish for Salmon off the Edmonds Pier

Saturday, June 23, 2012

No. 56 CAF "Sentimental Journey visits FHC

Flying Heritage Collection
Paine Field
3407 109th Street SW
Everett, WA 98204

Commemorative Air Force based out of Mesa, Arizona will be at FHC this weekend through Monday June 25th, 2012 this year with their 1944 B-17G "Sentimental Journey." You can find more Information on the B17 and History on "Sentimental Journey" from the CAF website.

B-17 Sentimental Journey front gunner
Front Nose section showing The bombadier and navigator positions
B-17 "Sentimental Journey" Cockpit controls
B-17G Flight Deck
B-17 Bomber N-9323Z returning to KPAE
"Gear Down for landing"
More Images after the Break

Thursday, June 21, 2012

No. 55 Pioneer Cemetery, Mukilteo

Pioneer Cemetery
513 Webster Street
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Through September 27th, 2012 visitors to the Pioneer Cemetery can listen to an audio tour of the site by calling 585-797-1404. You will be asked to enter the corresponding stop number of the grave you are viewing, to hear the recorded biographies. Each stop of the tour is about 2min in length, the whole tour takes about 1 hour.

The  first  known  burial in Mukilteo, of Capt.  Nathaniel B.Fowler, was made in  1873 on the
property of Morris H. Frost.  Frost, who was then still living, may have at that time  informally designated this  part  of his  property  as a cemetery.  However, he later fell into debt and much of his original property  went into receivership.Louis Kossuth Church and his wife
Emma  must have  purchased this land around 1890. either  from Frost or whoever the receiver was.
Louis and  Emma  had originally intended to reserve  part  of their property  for  a cemetery  and went
so  far  as  to have  their  intention notarized on June 5,   1890. Unfortunately, they did not follow
through with the  formality of having the  property  set aside for dedicated use as a cemetery.  The residential area of Mukilteo  grew up around the  property  at 513 Webster Street; by  l9l9 the cemetery was no longer in use.
Pioneer Cemetery, Mukilteo Washington

"During  the Depression this lovely spot was spoiled,"  wrote Alice
Pallas Brooks, one of the town's early teachers,  in her memoir "Memorial Day  Memories."
"Fences were all removed and the markers knocked down. Some were broken and  some are  lost.
My father with the aid of a friend mended and remounted them. Mr. Frost's marker was broken into two
pieces. . .   
As a  resul t   of   this devastation several grave sites are completely lost." The true number
of burials  is  unknown. The cemetery offers  spectacular views of Possession Sound and Whidbey
Island,  from the top of an embankment  high above  the Burlington  Northern tracks.
Rumor has it that the embankment has  slumped,  maybe more than once,  possibly  bringing some
remains down with  it. 

Pioneer Cemetery, Mukilteo Washington Pioneer Cemetery, Mukilteo Washington Pioneer Cemetery, Mukilteo Washington Mukilteo Sunset Through September 27th, 2012 visitors to the Pioneer Cemetery can listen to an audio tour of the site by calling 585-797-1404. You will be asked to enter the corresponding stop number of the grave you are viewing, to hear the recorded biographies. Each stop of the tour is about 2min in length, the whole tour takes about 1 hour.

By 1964 Pioneer Cemetery was over 90  years old and in neglected  condition.
Ronald Kane in the spring of  1965 called for all the volunteer help he could get to cut the brambles and
weeds, to get down to ground level and see what  remained  to be preserved.  No  legal action  was
taken untal 1979, when the  grave marker of  Nathaniel  B. Fowler turned up as a  prank  on  the
doorstep of a real estate office  on the  Bothell-Everett  Highway.
About that  time,  the  Mukilteo Historical Society paid  for  a title, search and discovered  that property around the edges of  the cemetery had been sold, and that legally the cemetery could

conceivably be placed on the tax rolls. ln 1982 the remedial legal
process was completed after which the cemetery officially belonged to
the city. After the legal work was done, the  Historical Society  tried to determine just  who  was buried
there. Volunteers paced north to south, east to  west, and diagrammed the locations of grave
markers and trees. A map was produced from their labors. On the title  page  of the  ffiflp, Valerie Norwine wrote as a dedication that she did this work "in  hopes that
this will  aid  some future genealogist or historian...made possible only from the prodding of
my crazy genealogist mother who did find  missing  links  of  her research in one such document."
Following the 1965 clearing, a list of 25 names was typed. Since then more markers have been added to bring the number of marked graves to 43.  The original source for names of those buried  here appears to be  a handwritten list made by  Louisa Fowler Sinclair, daughter of Jacob Fowler, and  niece of Nathaniel Fowler. Louis who died in 1955, drew up the list from memory at an unknown date.
Much  work remains to  be done into the histories and genealogies of those buried here. Mas Odoi of
the  Historical  Society has translated the markers of the three
Japanese-Goro  Wadatani, Tokumatsu Shirai. and Rikimatsu Joponese Funeral at Pioneer Cemetery 
Okamura--employees of Crown Lumber,  thereby revealing  their death dates and their  homes in
Japan.  Similar work needs to be done for many of the others.
Most of the burials are of  people who came from afar to Mukilteo.
Finding information  about them has been and continues to be  a challenge.

Information on the article was taken from Mukiteo Beacon  & Mukilteo Historical Society

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

No. 54 Collings Foundation Visits Paine Field

Historic Flight Foundation
10719 Bernie Webber Drive
Mukilteo, WA 98275

Collings Foundation visits Historic Flight Foundation 

This past weekend Friday June 15th, 2012 through Monday June 18th, 2012 Collings Foundation visited Paine Field Airport and where guests of Historic Flight Foundation at Kilo 7
The collection brought in three of its aircraft for its Wings of Freedome Tour 2012 stop in Everett, Wa. The B-24J "Witchcraft, B-17G "Nine-0-Nine, and P-51C Mustang Betty Jane." 
In case you missed the opertunity to walk through or even catch a ride on one of these aircarft they will be back in the Seattle area from June 22nd through June 24th parked at the Museum of Flight, Boeing Field. 

Photo  © 2012 Puget Exposure Photography. All rights reserved. No use, reproduction, alteration or republishing in any media.
Collings Foundation B-17G "Nine-0-Nine"
B-17G "Nine-0-Nine" headon
Collings Foundation B-17G "Nine-0-Nine"
"Nine-0-Nine" Cockpit View
Collings Foundation B-24J "Witchcraft"
B-24J "Witchcraft" Nose Art
Black & White portrait of B-24J "Witchcraft"
"Witchcraft" after a brief morning shower
B-24J bomb Bay
A look through B-24J "Witchcrafts Bomb Bay Hold

Photo  © 2012 Puget Exposure Photography. All rights reserved. No use, reproduction, alteration or republishing in any media.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012


Flying Heritage Collection
3407 109th Street Southwest
Everett, WA 98204

Please note: These maintenance flights are planned activities, but somewhat tentative, based on weather conditions, pilot availability and the mechanical condition of the aircraft. Decisions to cancel Fly Day may not be made until shortly before the flight, so if you have a concern please call FHC prior to your visit.

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Saturday June 16th, 2012 Flying Heritage Collection present

North American Airpower

FHC FW 109 FHC P-47 FHC P-51 Mustang FHC's P-51 Mustang / P-47 back taxi on 34L

No. 52 Velodrome at Marymoor Park

6046 West Lake Sammmasmish Parkway NE
Redmond, WA

Directions: The Velodrome at Marymoor Park is located in Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, WA.

From I-5 or I-405, take State Route 520 east to the West Lake Sammamish Parkway exit. At the bottom of the ramp, go right (southbound) on W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE. The park entrance is the next left at the traffic light. Marymoor is also accessible by foot, bicycle or rollerblades via the Burke-Gilman/Sammamish River Trail. Parking with requires a $1 parking permit that can be bought at various kiosks in the park with bills or coins.
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To read about upcoming races and events visit Marymoor Velodrome Association's website
Racing is now on tap four nights per week (M, W, Thu, F). Spectators are welcome every night and admission is free of charge on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Friday Night races are $5 fee. 

A Sample of Friday Night Racing Action

Female Riders hold on the rails to start a heat
130mm @ f5.6
Female Riders hold on the rails to start a heat
130mm @ f5.6
Female Riders on a 7 lap race
300mm @ f10