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Images of the world through my camera's eye

Updated: 2018-01-15T08:37:20.981-08:00


A preview of things to come?


Sunshine glints through frozen droplets
Dangling from the lichens in the tree
Autumn by the calendar is not yet at its end
A sneak-peek of weather soon to be

Rise Again


Hotel del Coronado


Front area.Arrival area.Hotel lobby with holiday decorations.Antique Elevator.Elevator door opening.Inside the elevator, complete with elevator operator. The elevator was retrofitted with modern machinery and controls. The box near the operator's hip still contains the original lever control.Ice skating on a "frigid" late autumn day (lower 70s).Courtyard panorama.The interior is a maze of hallways similar to this one. Though the decor is clean and relatively up-to-date, floors still slope and creak, ceilings are low and are not level. Far from being dark and dingy, as one might expect of such a vintage building, this place is light and airy with natural light streaming in from many directions. This is the original building with all the character that implies.One of many classic stairwells.Another panoramic courtyard view.Overhead view (courtesy of Google Earth)Note the dunes that spell out "Coronado".Coronado dunes seen from ground level.[...]

Memories from the Past


Aspen Fire


Taken July 24th, 2013 6:06PM-PDT from 40,000'MSLIncident Information [InciWeb]Fire information [CalFire]A Smokey Yosemite ValleyYosemite Valley July 29, 2013, 7:23 AM-PDTCourtesy of the Yosemite Conservancy WebcamYosemite Valley July 30, 2013, 8:56 AM-PDTCourtesy of the Yosemite Conservancy WebcamEl Capitan July 30, 2013 8:56 AM-PDTCourtesy of the Yosemite Conservancy WebcamAhwahnee Meadow July 30, 2013 8:57 AM-PDTCourtesy of the Yosemite Conservancy WebcamAhwahnee Meadow July 31, 2013 9:49 AM-PDTCourtesy of the Yosemite Conservancy WebcamAll that remained of the Aspen Fire on Aug 7, after great work by firefighters[...]

A California Poppy in Washington State


Seattle in Golden Light - Aerial


Seattle skyline in golden light over indigo waters of Elliot Bay
Lake Washington in the background
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Dark Roast


Chop Suey


Evening Ferry


Oh, The Places You'll Go


From the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade



Seattle in the mist



Pāhoehoe lava flow frozen in time



"Pete" the Pelican watches over the Malibu Pier
A wonderful bird is a Pelican,
Whose beak can hold more than his belly can.
Be it crabs, clams, or fish,
It will hold all you wish.
But I'm damned if I see how the hell he can.

Final Mission


[Updated 10/14]After flying cross-country atop a specially modified Boeing 747, Space Shuttle Endeavor makes its way slowly through the streets of Los Angeles on its final journey from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center where it will be on permanent exhibit.Shuttle Endeavor visits the donut shopEndeavor waits patientlyCome a little closerLook! A spaceship coming down the street!Excitement builds as this bizarre procession approachesEndeavorUp close and personalVertical StabilizerOMS PodWing Leading EdgeEngine cones... and there it goesSqueezing 'round the bendSafely ensconced in a visitor pavilion at the California Science CenterOn the nosie!Up close and personalVertical stabilizer towers over the main engine clusterStarboard OMS pod with RCS nozzles visible as wellA space shuttle main engine on display for close inspection[...]

Into the Sunset


Scenic Coast of Central California


Avlia Beach, San Luis ObispoAvila Beach Pier, San Luis ObispoPiedras Blancas Lightstation, near San SimeonNorth from Ragged PointRagged Point SunsetBig Creek BridgeVentana VistaPoint Sur LighthousePoint Pinos Lighthouse(under restoration)Bixby Creek BridgeIn the Mist[...]

Chips Fire - Aerial 40,000' MSL


Updated August 28, 7:00AM-PDTHuge smoke plume from Chips Fire, Plumas County, CAThe dark spec in the center of the frame is a commercial airliner at cruise altitude suggesting the cloud topped out higher than 25,000' MSL.Image taken Aug 2, 2012, about 5:00 PM-PDTSmoke drifting towards the northeast from the Chips FireThe fire is burning off the lower left of the frame and was not in view on the side of the aircraft where I was seated.Image taken August 23, 2012, about 8:00 PM-PDTLatest Incident information [Inciweb]Notice: Firefighters have made significant progress battling the Chips Fire as can be seen in the latest MODIS imagery (below). Interest in this blog post has waned. As a result, it will be updated less frequently and the incident information will be accessible through the Inciweb link above, but will no longer be replicated here.This fire is by no means out, and still represents an extreme hazard in the region. If it resumes its rapid growth and/or interest in this post increases, updates may also resume.NASA MODIS imagesAnnotated image of fires burning in the vicinity of the Chips FireBarry Point, Fort Complex, Holloway, Reading, Hanson, and Chips fires shown Click image for larger version8/27 afternoon passClick image for much larger version 8/27 morning passClick image for much larger version 8/23 passClick image for much larger version 8/22 passClick image for much larger version 8/21 passClick image for much larger version 8/20 passClick image for much larger version 8/19 passClick image for much larger version 8/18 - afternoon passClick image for much larger version 8/18 morning passClick image for much larger version 8/15 passClick image for much larger version 8/14 passClick image for much larger version 8/13 passClick image for much larger version 8/11 afternoon passClick image for much larger version 8/11 morning passClick image for much larger version Shrinking plumes as firefighters work to get the blaze under controlImage 8/9 19:15 UTC /  11:15 PDTClick image for much larger version Smoke plumes over Northern California and NevadaImage 8/7 21:05 UTC /  13:05 PDTClick image for much larger version [...]

Look before you cross


Seattle Great Wheel


This is the inaugural weekend for the brand new Seattle Great Wheel, a large Ferris wheel on a pier on the Seattle Waterfront. As one might imagine, the queues for this attraction are fairly long - roughly an hour from the beginning of the ticket line to boarding the gondola. The price is $13 per adult; $8.50 for children 12 and under.More information: Seattle Great Wheel web site.The Seattle Great Wheel on Opening WeekendThe ticket is a card with bar codes that correspond to an account that can be reloaded and reused. One is pictured at the bottom of this post.The ride is smooth and comfortable. The gondolas are enclosed. There are narrow slit windows at the top that can open for ventilation and there is also heat and air conditioning. There's even a call button on the ceiling in case someone has an emergency. The ride can operate rain or shine. And it has that new Ferris Wheel smell!Edge-onA few of the people in the gondola I rode were initially a bit skittish about the heights but settled down after the loading rotation and were fine after that.This thing is bigI am not posting many view pictures - we'll leave that for the experience of riding the thing. I will comment though that at about 200' high, the view of the waterfront is quite impressive, but it is dwarfed by the city itself.From inside a gondola it looks a little like a roller coasterI don't know if I'd make this a regular thing, but I enjoyed it and might return to share it with visitors on special occasions.The wheel also has an elaborate LED light show which I will return to photograph some evening in the future, when the days are shorter.The ride is smooth and comfortable with Air Conditioning!Viewed from the Pike Place Market skybridgeTicket card[...]

Hello There


WSU Team Logo Aircraft - Alaska/Horizon Airlines


WSU Cougers Logo Aircraft takes off from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport at Sunset

Alaska Airlines' regional carrier, until recently known as Horizon Air, operates a fleet of smaller regional aircraft. Many have been decorated with team logo art from various college teams in the areas they serve.

Topaz Ranch Estates (Tre) Fire


Tre Fire viewed from commercial flight May 22 6:45PM
5 minutes later, another angle

The TRE (Topaz Ranch Estates) Fire started at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. The fire burned in cheat grass, sagebrush and pinyon pine/juniper on mostly BLM public lands, one mile north of Nevada State Route 208 and three miles east of U.S. Highway 395 near Topaz Lake (about 60 miles south of Reno, Nevada). On May 26, full containment was achieved with the help of cooler weather and some precipitation.

Incident Information []

California Poppy


On a visit to the Buttonwood Winery between Santa Ynez and Los Olivos, in Santa Barbara, CA, after sampling their tasting-room's selection of wines, out back I found a garden, California Poppies in bloom; enchanted light shone through the trees, and there I snapped this picture.

California Poppy