Fuji Apple

Fuji Apple

More from Pike Place Market.

Stolen Moment

Stolen Moment

So I'm waiting around while Diane is doing a bit of shopping and I look over past the stairwell I'm in and see this. There is actually a whole series of shots where they are talking, hugging and kissing. Made me feel kinda voyeuristic but it was also exciting to see people being real. Also, I really liked all the lines in this shot.

Diane on vacation (in front of Starbucks)

Diane in Seattle

She always smiles after having coffee!

Sunflowers in the Morning

Sunflowers in the morning

These were just huge and gorgeous.

Pears on Parade

Pears on Parade

Bosc Pears at Pike Place Market.

Asparagus

Asparagus

More from the Pike Place Market. I found all sorts of inspiration while we were there for four hours!

Dinner Tonight

Homemade Pizza

I still have over 500 pictures that I have taken since our cruise but I really wanted to share tonights dinner with you (well just a picture, really). The shot above is my homemade pizza. I mixed and rolled out the dough, prepared the sauce and decided on the mozzarella, basil and prosciutto. It was yummy and actually pretty quick (if you mix the dough early). We finished off with poached pears with Saunders chocolate.

If you'd like to see a couple more shots of this pizza click over to my flickr account.

Fruit & Vegies

Tomatos - Roma

While we waited to go to the airport in Seattle we had no choice but to retirn to Pike Place Market. There are so many photographic possibilities there that I could spend several days ambling around. And the food and flowers just look yummy. The next few posts will be from there.


Plentiful Fruit

And as I've said before, it is a crime that we don't have a farmers market that even comes close to something like this. I mean really, Pearl Market is nice but when you can breeze through in 25 minutes (I've done it a couple of times) then it just doesn't compare.


White/Yellow Corn

Seldom Used Deck Chairs

Seldom Used Deck Chairs

So we ended the cruise back at pier 90 in Seattle. This was taken on Friday morning just before we left the ship. The one cool thing that Holland America does is pre-check your luggage on your flight so all we walked off with was our carry on bags. This allowed us a few hours to tour Pike Place some more before we came home.

Several members of Diane's family have done these cruises and all raved about them. I was equally impressed. I'm sure it's nice to go to the Caribbean, sit in deck chairs in your bathing suit and drink all day. That's just not necessarily my idea of the great vacation. We are already discussing what we plan to do the next time we take this cruise. And, we're also talking about other cruises. I think either New York city to Quebec City or the Baltic states will be next!

Victoria Harbor at Sunset

Victoria Harbor

And we close the Victoria portion of our trip with this shot of the harbor at sunset. With the kayak in the middle ground and a beautiful sunset, I just couldn't resist this picture. After we left here we drove over by Diana and Patrick's apartment and then went to a "Tim Horton's" coffee shop (they swear it's better than Starbucks - what do I know?). I went to pay for our coffee with a $20 bill and the counter girl looked at it like it was some piece of trash. About then Diana grabed my arm and said, "You don't want to pay with that! Your change will be Canadian money you can't spend!" Ooops, forgot I was in another country.

At about 11pm we headed back to the Zaandam for our last night on the ship. When I woke up early on Friday morning we were already docked and the HAL workers were unloading suitcases.

BC Parliament Building

British Columbia Parliament Building

As it gets dark in downtown Victoria you start to notice the parliament building starting to sparkle. Seems they have outlined the building in lights and the darker it gets the more impressive it gets (and it gets more difficult to take a good picture).

Diana C.

Diana (M.) C.

And this is Diana. Talk about a trooper. When I emailed her in May saying, "Hey, we haven't seen each other in 20 years but I'll be in Victoria next month!" She was like, "Tell me when and where!" I was so excited I took her several cans of Ro-Tel because it's nearly impossible to find in Canada. We had a great evening even if it was too short.

Patrick

Patrick in Victoria

This is Diana's husband, Patrick. He was a great sport driving us around town and visiting.

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, B.C.

We got in to Victoria on our last night of the cruise. Unfortunately we arrived at 7pm and had to be back on the ship before midnight. Not near enough time to do some real sightseeing. But, since I have a life-long friend who lives in Victoria, she and her husband met us and took us around town for a few hours. We had a great time. This was the view from the first place we stopped. Diana told me she loves coming to the park just to sit quietly and enjoy the scenery. I can see why.

More from Victoria and Seattle tomorrow!

Lamb Chops on the Zaamdam

Lamb Chops on the Zaamdam

Diane is not a big lamb fan so I make sure and order it whenever I can. The only better meal I had was the next night when it was "surf and turf" night and I got lots of lobster! Our table mates were a little weirded out by my taking a picture of dinner - silly foreigners. Don't they know that's all the rage right now?

Bug on Flower

bug

I was trying to get a good shot of the "fly" but I think the flower turned out pretty good too. This is one of the reasons I have and love my "macro" lens.

Fushia

Fushia

This is one of Diane's favorite plants but every time we buy one the summer heat just kills it. We found these all around in Alaska and the plants were huge!

Lupine

Lupin

Surprise! I'm back! Between summer lethargy, getting a new "smart" phone and celebrating Diane's birthday I just got out of the habit of posting pictures. I've been TAKING pictures just not cleaning and posting them. So, here I am on Labor day weekend trying to catch up. I've formally given up on the 365 project. I knew from the outset that it would be difficult for me to complete. I've gone from "taking and posting a picture every day" to "posting at least 7 pictures every week" to "at least posting 365 pictures this year" to (now) "I'm gonna post as much as possible." This doesn't really mean you are going to get fewer pictures. It's just that I'm going to quit numbering and categorizing my shots as if I'm going to finish this project.

Lupine - closer

So, these lupines...or Bluebonnets as we know them in Texas. We saw them everywhere we went in Alaska. At first we were surprised but then it became pretty common place. I later found out that this plant is grown all over the northern hemisphere and some are FAR larger and bluer than the ones we see here at home.

Lupine - closest

I especially liked this shot. Trying to get a "macro" (really, REALLY up close for you non-photo people) shot while hand-holding your camera is darned near impossible. Especially when you are as old as me!

More pictures to come. Today! I promise!

Acorns


I found these on a tree outside my building. Last year I noticed them and kept thinking I should take some pictures but never got around to it. I think this might become a series this year.