A Word A Week: Transport


It’s hard to pay a visit to the Puget Sound area and not see at least one green and white Washington State Ferry cruise by carrying commuters, tourists and travelers across the water.  These large vessels serve the areas surrounding Puget Sound as well as provide vital and reliable transportation to the San Juan Islands and Canada.  I’ve always loved riding the boats and have hundreds of Ferry photos in my archives  but it wasn’t until I spent a few minutes researching the fleet for this post that I discovered  it is the largest passenger and car system in the United States and its 22 active ferries mean it is the third largest in the world by fleet size.  If you count by vehicles carried the WSF system jumps to #1 in the world with an annual 11 million cars driving aboard.

The ferry system has its origins in the “Mosquito Fleet“, a collection of small steamer lines serving the Puget Sound area during the later part of the nineteenth century and early part of the 20th century. By the beginning of the 1930s, two lines remained: the Puget Sound Navigation Company (known as the Black Ball Line) and the Kitsap County Transportation Company. A strike in 1935 forced the KCTC to close, leaving only the Black Ball Line.[3]

Toward the end of the 1940s the Black Ball Line wanted to increase its fares, to compensate for increased wage demands from the ferry workers’ unions, but the state refused to allow this, and so the Black Ball Line shut down. In 1951, the state bought nearly all of Black Ball’s ferry assets for $5 million (Black Ball retained five vessels of its fleet).[4] The state intended to run ferry service only until cross-sound bridges could be built, but these were never approved, and the Washington State Department of Transportation runs the system to this day.

Source – Wikipedia Washington State Ferries

Posted as part of Sue’s A Word A Week Photograph Challenge:  Transport.


A Word A Week: Water


I’ve been in a beachy kind of mood this week with lots of water themed posts so here is one more image from the same spring day as Bud’s Bait Shop and the “I wish I was on a cruise” Life Ring.

Posted as part of Sue’s A Word A Week Challenge:  Water.

A Word A Week: Sign


I know this is a change of pace from my usual photo style but Sue’s Word A Week Challenge is “Sign” and I don’t think I’ll ever have a better chance to post this shot of the back of a Seattle Metro Bus.

It’s an advertisement for the Washington State Health Plan Finder Website and the tag line reads “Don’t Leave It To Chance”.

We laughed all the way home. 🙂

A Word A Week: Frame


Sue’s latest challenge in her popular word a week series is “Frame“.  I’m pretty sure I could find a new scenic image framed in an interesting way to share but instead decided to post a photo of this old wooden rowboat living its last days as part of a children’s play area on the Edmonds waterfront.  The boat frame is tipped on its side and secured in the sand creating a unique place for little imaginations to run wild.

A Word A Week: Violet


One of the things I love about Heather is its determined nature, blooming right on schedule no matter the conditions.  This little plant flowers in my front yard every winter providing bright spots of color in a season filled with green, brown and white.

Posted as part of Sue’s A Word A Week:  Violet.

A Word A Week: Yellow


Looking through my archives tonight has forced me to accept that yellow isn’t one of my favorite colors.  It’s not something I can wear successfully and it looks like it isn’t a color I photograph often.  Actually I’m kind of surprised I don’t have more photos that feature yellow as I do like the warm  sun and happy flowers but for this challenge I am left with this image of an old school bus that has seen better days.  Don’t worry, it doesn’t carry children anymore but it’s found a new life in retirement transporting vegetables to the Edmonds spring and summer farmer’s markets.

Posted as part of Sue’s A Word A Week:  Yellow.

A Word A Week: Reflect


Sue’s final word of the week for 2013 is “reflect“.  I thought this might be a good chance for a reflective post looking back through my blogging year but as the weekend is almost over and I like this little photo of multiple reflections here we are.  This is from a morning walk on December 26th at Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham, Washington and what caught my eye is how many layers of nature are reflected in this shallow side of the waterfront.  Tall evergreen trees across the pond are at the top of the frame followed by blue sky and bare branches from the deciduous trees behind me.  Fluffy white clouds float across the bottom and everything is layered over decaying leaves from several fall seasons.

A Word A Week: Wind


January 1st 2010 was the stormiest day I’ve ever spent on a beach with wind gusts reaching up to 70 miles per hour.  I snapped this photo during a brief moment of relative calm but when the tide came up a few more feet the wind speed surged and hundreds of driftwood beach logs began rolling through the surf like toothpicks.   Very dangerous toothpicks…

Posted as part of Sue’s A Word A Week:  Wind.

A Word A Week: Track


Even though Ryan growing up before my eyes he is still small enough to enjoy bringing out his Polar Express Train Set.  The tree lights up and bells chime when the train pulls into the station and last night Santa took his important place on top of the present car.   

Posted as part of Sue’s fun challenge – A Word A Week:  Track

A Word A Week: Shadow

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I had to stop and look twice at this shadow pattern on the side of the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, NM.

Posted as part of Sue’s A Word A Week Challenge:  Shadow