Port Townsend Waterfront

Port Townsend Waterfront

I liked the rayed sun through the viewfinder and was pleased with the capture being close to what I saw (except for some flaring that I hadn’t noticed. The 18 rays are a result of the lens iris being a rounded 9-blade diaphragm, but I’m not sure why it doubles the count. Maybe Wikipedia will know (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diaphragm_(optics)) …

The dock in the foreground is the current Washington State Ferry terminal at Port Townsend (the other end of the route is Coupeville, Whidbey Island. In the distance is the north east corner of the Olympic Mountains.

Old Ferry Dock

Old Ferry Dock I
Old Ferry Dock II

This is the old ferry dock in downtown Port Townsend, Washington. In the early days of the town, the so-called “Mosquito Fleet” provided regular transportation around Puget Sound. Later, a scheduled ferry service was started and the current ferry provides service to Whidbey Island from a dock just a few blocks from this location.

I liked the Great Blue Heron on the top of the pilings in the upper photo … and in the far distance, Mt Rainier. The lower image shows just a hint of the Olympic Mountains … and a seagull standing on one leg.

Walking Piers

Covered Walking Pier
Open Walking Pier

Port Townsend has refurbished a number of piers to provide for walkers to enjoy the views from the waterfront along Port Townsend Bay and Puget Sound. The mountains in the lower image are the North Central Cascades … in the other direction, the Olympics are much closer.

Ellis and Sharon

Ellis and Sharon (colored pencil)

These are the Ellis and Sharon, tugboats that were on duty for the Olympia Harbor. I occasionally do colored pencil renditions of photographs. This was one that I liked particularly well. The photo (below) was taken from my kayak.

Brusco Tugs at Port of Olympia: Ellis and Sharon

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