The Allure of Signage

The world is full of temptingly blank, if small, canvases.

Terry Avenue

Boat Street

And people must leave their signs.


Morphic Resonance

Saw this sorta fashion shoot outside the Seattle Public Library. Awfully nippy out for a minidress.

Weirdly similar to this recent Philadelphia photo on the brand-spankin' new www.theurbanity.com


Heaps... Cruise, Part 3

Jerry obligingly steered me closer to the sound of the barking. Naturally he thought I wanted to get a closeup of these guys.

How could he have suspected that this is what I was entranced by?


Dead Calm... Cruise, Part 2

We hit a calm in the middle of the Sound as the sun was beginning to go down.

Davy Jones' Skull

View off the gunwale

Elemental diptych


20-19-18-17-16... Cruise, Part. 1

Spent all day Friday moving our sailboat, Gannet, from Seattle to Tacoma. Started with a leisurely chug down the ship canal, lined with (of all things) ships. You couldn't wish for a more picturesquely battered lineup. Should "picturesque" be deemed a four-letter word? Brutal architecture against inescapably Monet-like water.


A Photographer, Not a Terrorist

A new campaign for photographers' rights: mapping, reporting, and fighting back against restrictions on photography in the UK.

"Photography is under attack. Across [England] it that seems anyone with a camera is being targeted as a potential terrorist, whether amateur or professional, whether landscape, architectural, or street photographer.

Not only is it corrosive of press freedom, but creation of the collective visual history of our country is extinguished by anti-terrorist legislation designed to protect the heritage it prevents us recording.

This campaign is for everyone who values visual imagery, not just photographers.

We must work together now to stop this before photography becomes a part of history rather than a way of recording it."

It's not just happening in England.

Art Professor Sues over Detention While Photographing Power Lines

Top U.S. Photographer Arrested & Injured by Police for Photographing Santa Claus

AP Photographer Arrested Covering Anti-war Protest



Meandering the bowels of the Seattle Public library and appreciating the occasional user-friendly signage.


Great White Hunter

Home is the hunter from the hill:
Fast in the boundless snare
All flesh lies taken at his will
And every fowl of air.
- Housman

So, we live just down the road from the Cascade foothills, whch are teeming with wildlife.

That's a manly collection of antlers, but I want to know the story of how he bagged those humongous frittilaries.

Kitchen Assemblage

My nearly-thirteen daughter caught me photographing our bulletin board, which runneth over.

"Dad, why are you taking a picture of THAT!?" she said. She grabbed the camera. "Here's what NORMAL people take picures of!"



Wintry Palette

As an editor, I see almost everything in shades of gray. And photographically, here's a miscellany of not-so-recent shots in a similar spectrum of paleness...

View down our street at sunset; nature's barcode

Fertile coffeebean bags in the Bellevue "master gardener's garden"

Seepage of the dead Kmart

Reflections of consumer confidence in the floor at Factoria Mall


Mailboxes Redux

I started this blog a year ago with a series on mailbox typology of Newport Hills, and after a few months respite, I thought I'd wrap it up with this little selection of delicacies.

This is a dollhouse version of the house it belongs to, as if it bore repeating. Here the mail goes into the "garage."

Not a skinny house, but it has a skinny mailbox.

The old "mutated farm implement" approach combined with "welding for dummies" art.

Homage to the bustle.

Latest trend: holiday mailbox "sweaters."

I hope the mailbox is holding up the wheelbarrow and not the other way around.

Sorry, a slab of wood and green paint does not convince me that this is a tree.



Wandered around this neighborhood in downtown Seattle; it's slowly being gentrified, for better or worse. Click the images to indulge in textures.

Weathered apartment with windows

Bereft Avanti

Bench ala Pollack, Wooden Boat Center


Findings from a Walk

Weather warmed up and dried out, so we took the beast and the camera out for a walk...

Wondered if they build the shed around the tree, or did the tree grow through it?

Surprised a couple of shopping carts having a woodland tryst...

Found some existential grafitti...

Approved of teaching elementary Spanish, but, someone needs an English spelling tutorial.


Festival of Lights

"...Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. ...C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate."

Or, xmas lights reflected in our piano.

Welcome to the new year. For another enlightenment, check out Sequins in the Night" at Red-Apple-Elegy...