Monday, August 29, 2011

August 28, 2011

The Lady Washington.

Ship's Bell.

August 27, 2011

What pirates do on their day off? Two sailors enjoying the view.

August 26, 2011

This sailor took umbrage at a man who called her a pirate because of the movie but this ship, The Lady Washington, was actually a British ship attacked by pirates in that movie.

August 25, 2011

Another view of Mt Rainier you can only get from the tour!

August 24, 2011

If you look carefully, you can see the near crane is off loading one of the containers. It is incredible how much is handled through this port!

August 23, 2011

The blue cranes all belong to the Port of Tacoma and therefore the city of Tacoma. All others belong to different companies.

August 22, 2011

The other aquatic tour was 1.5 hours long and covered nearly all of the tide flats/Commencement Bay area. This view of Mt Rainier was stunning even on a day with so many clouds. Next time I'd try to frame it differently but all these were taken with a point and shoot with no eye piece so it was often difficult to tell what you were actually capturing!

August 21, 2011

Beware the giant octopus lurking in the briney deep!

August 19, 2011

One of the great views of downtown Tacoma featuring The One Pacific Bldg and Old City Hall with its picturesque clocktower.

August 18, 2011

This military landing craft approaching the beach was being used to take people up the Thea Foss Waterway on a little informational tour. It was worth the time. At the end all on board were instructed to "storm the beach!"

August 17, 2011

This pirate insisted on being in the picture with his cannon. Then he announced they'd be firing it in about three minutes.

August 15, 2011

This pirate was teaching a small fry he caught how to "Swab the Deck". He was very good at training future pirates! Not sure who was having more fun.

August 14, 2011

You have some time to browse the exhibits and enjoy the activities while waiting for one of two free boat tours. This seagull looked a bit tattered as he surveyed the small tugboat.

August 13, 2011

Lots of people were taking pictures of everything! Many boats were on display. There was no charge for boarding and all had people eager to answer questions and give free tours. At other festivals all the boats charge for boarding.

August 12, 2011

The next section of photographs are all from the Maritime Festival that took place the last weekend in August. This annual event has grown from a sort of "backyard" affair to a real event some people wouldn't miss for anything and for good reason.
On board the Hawaiian Chieftain we were shown this tea brick which will make 5,000 cups of tea!

August 11, 2011

These poppies were also on the Lavender Farm: huge and red. There was also the biggest dandelion (at least 3" in diameter) ready to blow away its seeds but there was nothing to let you see how big it was so it will go on posted.

August 10, 2011

While the scenes are idyllic, the aroma ever so pleasant and the industry quite lucrative even on a small amount of land, the work (so I'm told) is back-breaking, down on your knees hard work mostly by hand to harvest then with hedge trimmers to mound out the plants after the harvest. But they are ever green and require little attention. They sound perfect for my parkway but will have to come back to the farms to purchase plants: you can't get these varieties from the local nursery. Nurseries only have the spindly sort you see everywhere.

August 9, 2011

In the one open shop we
saw sachets, wands, cookies, coffee, tea, salad dressing, honey (of course), jam and many other things. A friend of a friend has even written a whole cookbook for using lavender. No doubt it has fabulous medicinal qualities.

August 8, 2011

Lavender has long been
known to keep moths away without the bad smell or any of the dangers of moth
balls. But now they are using the extracted oils to create foods.

August 7, 2011

Lavender may well be the
new peanut as it is so versatile. It seems you can use it for everything!

August 6, 2011

They have a saying that goes something like: Babies don't cry, children don't whine, bees don't sting and no body cares". It is a very calming place to be.

August 5, 2011

The Lavender has a tranquilizing effect on the bees so they not only pose better but they are disinclined to bother any people who might be nearby.

August 4, 2011

The Lavender Farms were closed but my guide knew all the owners so we went on the grounds regardless that no one was home.

August 3, 2011

The other Blue Heron flew off but this one remained as the sun got a little brighter. The water was eerily calm so it must have been slack tide.

August 2, 2011

Now you can see some of how foggy it was. These blue heron were fishing. It was nearly noon and they were on posted private property.

August 1, 2011

Actually the day wasn't this nice. It was very foggy and actual date was Aug 12 for this and the several ensuing photos. This is at Three Crabs Restaurant looking out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.