West Seattle Blog... » Seen around town http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:05:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Military aircraft over West Seattle? Probably for Marine Week. P.S. Blue Angels! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/military-aircraft-over-west-seattle-probably-for-marine-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/military-aircraft-over-west-seattle-probably-for-marine-week/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:52:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280667 ORIGINAL REPORT, 11:52 PM: Texter this morning asked about Ospreys seen over West Seattle – the kind with rotors, not feathers, most recently mentioned here three months ago during preparations for a Presidential visit. This time, we are fairly certain they’re part of Marine Week, a new addition to Seafair. Here’s the schedule. No specific aircraft mentions, but the Museum of Flight at nearby Boeing Field is expecting some for its part of Marine Week, with arrivals Tuesday night, according to its website. Add all this to the Blue Angels‘ impending return, and the sky’s going to be a lot busier than usual this week.

BLUE ANGELS UPDATE, ADDED 6:59 PM: It seems they’re keeping a different schedule this year. Seafair is showing one Blue Angel arrived today, and TV stations are reporting more coming in tomorrow, reportedly a 12:30 pm downtown flyby. We’re checking…

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Seen from West Seattle: P-51s’ D-Day anniversary flyover http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/seen-from-west-seattle-p-51s-d-day-anniversary-flyover/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/seen-from-west-seattle-p-51s-d-day-anniversary-flyover/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:53:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275723


Thanks to Gary Jones for sharing photos from the P-51 Mustang flyover previewed here last night – scheduled to wrap up right about now at the Snohomish County home of the Historic Flight Foundation, which coordinated it in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day today. The warplanes flew over downtown around noontime:

Click the top photo to open a similar view at twice the size. (And thanks again to Bob, who gave us the heads-up about this!)

ADDED 5:48 PM: A view from Jim Clark:

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Video: About the Ospreys’ flyover … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/video-about-the-osprey-flyover/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/video-about-the-osprey-flyover/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:03:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270960

Did you see/hear the V-22 Ospreys flying over the city a bit earlier? We were downtown when we saw them, but a couple notes say they passed over West Seattle too. We and others had been searching for info for a while – and then, the video above turned up. It was tweeted from Snohomish County by Tyler Brunkhorst, who described it as the Presidential helicopter fleet preparing for President Obama‘s scheduled visit to the Oso mudslide zone on Tuesday. This CNN.com story suggests the Ospreys just joined the Presidential fleet last year.

P.S. In what so far as we know is just a coincidence, an Osprey flyby was reported here exactly three years ago, on April 19, 2011 – Anne and Doug dug up the WSB link.

P.P.S. While trying to find info about today’s sightings, we noted that NEXT Saturday (April 26th) is the Mariners’ Salute to Armed Forces Night. In years past, that’s brought flyovers. The pre-game events next Saturday are scheduled for 5:30 pm.

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West Seattle scene: Beach art rocks! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-scene-beach-art-rocks/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-scene-beach-art-rocks/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:57:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268981

Thanks to Judy Bentley for sharing photos of the rock art near the north end of Constellation Park, south of Alki Point. Earlier in the week, Patricia O’Connor‘s photo of the sun/star formation was shared on the WSB Facebook page; today, Judy’s photo showed patterns beyond the sun/star:

As Judy put it – “artist unknown.”

(P.S. Judy didn’t mention this when writing to us but we happen to know she too is an artist – with words – and one week from today, on Friday 4/4, she’s the next featured author in the Words, Writers, West Seattle series – details here.)

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West Seattle weekend scene: ‘Keep(ing) clam’ on the sand http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-keeping-clam-on-the-sand/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-keeping-clam-on-the-sand/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:11:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268521

As explained by commenter Jane following our Friday note about no-parking signs for a Saturday “production shoot” on Alki, it did indeed turn out to be an Ivar’s production. Via the WSB Facebook page, Athena shared photos (including the one above) after happening onto the Saturday scene. Last Ivar’s production we recall in the vicinity was the notorious 2009 underwater-billboard yarn. The restaurant chain’s founder Ivar Haglund, of course, was an Alki native, and this past Friday (March 21st) was the 109th anniversary of his birth.

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West Seattle scenes: The ‘other’ Olympics http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/west-seattle-scenes-the-other-olympics/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/west-seattle-scenes-the-other-olympics/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:16:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=264799

More news on the way … but in case you don’t have a westward view, we didn’t want these photos of the Olympic Mountains, out this morning in all their sunlit glory, to go to waste. Thanks to Alia Ali for sharing the top view from Fauntleroy; the view below was caught from Duwamish Head by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand.

We’ll confess we can’t name the peaks in Alia’s photo, but we do know the WSB photo shows The Brothers, 6842 feet elevation on the south, 6650 on the north. And check out West Seattle photographer Long B. Nguyen‘s Olympics gallery!

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West Seattle scene: First full moon of 2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-scene-first-full-moon-of-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-scene-first-full-moon-of-2014/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:39:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261971

We are happy to be able to share this photo by Alki’s David Hutchinson. Just after sunset, we were walking along Don Armeni, where we found him staked out waiting to see if the moon would make this kind of appearance. No sighting by the time we moved on – but eventually, it showed up, spectacularly.

ADDED MONDAY MORNING: David shares this link with some trivia about last night’s full moon – and why it was nicknamed the “Minimoon.”

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West Seattle scene: No problem, just practice for Ladder 11 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-scene-no-problem-just-practice-for-ladder-11/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-scene-no-problem-just-practice-for-ladder-11/#comments Sat, 04 Jan 2014 01:38:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=260897

Thanks to Anand for sharing the photo of Seattle Fire Department‘s Ladder 11 at Link Apartments in The Triangle earlier this afternoon – right across the street from L11′s home base at Station 32. Noting that no fire calls were on the log for that area OR for L11, we checked with SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore, who verified that the crew was practicing: “Ladder 11 was drilling on aerial placement and rooftop ventilation. This is a relatively new building, so the crew worked with the building’s management to practice, in case a fire ever occurs at the property.”

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West Seattle Christmas 2013: From beginning to end http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-2013-from-beginning-to-end/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-christmas-2013-from-beginning-to-end/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2013 06:56:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=260208

A last look at Christmas Day 2013, beginning to end, in community-contributed photos. Above, our friend Rebecca Nelson from Ravenna Blog photographed West Seattle while passing on a Bremerton-bound ferry around 8:30 am.

Less than eight hours later, an anonymous reader captured the setting sun’s golden gleam on downtown high-rises, looking east from Seacrest:

Shortly thereafter, Annie Wynn tweeted the next image, observing, “Because when the sunset is this gorgeous in West Seattle, all you can do is stand and watch

Thank you to the photographers – and thank YOU for your collaboration and support. Since WSB was launched (originally with a very different mission) on December 24, 2005, we are beginning Year 9, and expecting this to be the liveliest yet.

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West Seattle scene: Birds of a feather, photographed together http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-scene-birds-of-a-feather-photographed-together/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/west-seattle-scene-birds-of-a-feather-photographed-together/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2013 00:27:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=260201

Thanks to Chris Frankovich for sharing another stirring scene, photographed Christmas Eve morning; he explains, “It was a little gray and hazy but caught two spectaular occurrences: Two eagles in the tree (a first) and the Kenmore airplane flying by.” Click the image for a larger view.

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Happening now: See the Wienermobile at Roxbury Safeway http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/happening-now-see-the-wienermobile-at-roxbury-safeway/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/happening-now-see-the-wienermobile-at-roxbury-safeway/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:38:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=258942

Had no idea until Elissa sent that photo from Roxbury Safeway – the iconic (well, depending on your age) Oscar Meyer Wienermobile is there today. Checked online and discovered the appearance is scheduled until 5 pm. While writing this, we received another pic – thanks, Lawrence!

The store is at 9620 28th Ave SW. Elissa says they’re giving away tchotchkes including stickers.

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Video: West Seattle’s fall beauty, seen from above http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/video-west-seattles-fall-beauty-seen-from-above/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/video-west-seattles-fall-beauty-seen-from-above/#comments Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:41:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=257458

We feel fairly confident in saying that most West Seattleites are thankful for the beauty all around our peninsula. In honor of that, we’ve been saving this video shared with us earlier this week by Greg Daly, who explained, “I built a tricopter to get some cool ski footage … I’ve been practicing around West Seattle and the end result is pretty cool!” It is! See for yourself.

P.S. Greg in fact shared a skiing video here almost two years ago – Gatewood to Lowman!

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West Seattle sky scenes: Seen from above and below http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-sky-scenes-seen-from-above-and-below/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-sky-scenes-seen-from-above-and-below/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 02:55:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=256843

You wouldn’t have seen this view today unless you, like Bill Schrier – who shared it – happened to be flying. There were great views from the ground, too, some of them involving aircraft; WSB contributor Christopher Boffoli photographed this restored DC-3 from Seacrest:

Christopher reports, “A little research on the tail number (N3006) indicates that it is called the ‘Esther Mae’ and is a model year 1946 DC-3, completed in California in December 1945 under government contract, though it was too late to be used in the war and was only ever used for civilian flights.” Further research shows it owned by an Oregon/Florida company called DC Flying Circus.

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Followup: Another sunfish perspective, before its Alki display http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/followup-another-sunfish-perspective-before-its-alki-display/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/followup-another-sunfish-perspective-before-its-alki-display/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:07:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=254532 One day after we showed you the caught-in-Puget Sound ocean sunfish that was on display outside Alki’s Sunfish restaurant, a new look and perspective from one of the first to see it on shore after a Muckleshoot fishing crew brought it in. From journalist John Loftus:

Here’s a photo I took of the sunfish a few hours after it was landed on a dock on the Duwamish River.

Its weight has been estimated at 300-350 pounds. Wikipedia notes that the Monterey Bay Aquarium had a young specimen that arrived weighing 26 pounds and weighed 880 pounds just 15 months later, so it seems safe to say that, contrary to what one’s intuition may suggest, this is not an old fish.

You will also note a semicircular spot on its side where a pectoral fin used to be, apparently a healed-over wound. The fin, larger than a man’s hand, was present on the other side of the fish. It’s possible that the loss of this fin may have hindered the sunfish’s ability to navigate properly, resulting in its gradual weakening and disorientation. While very rare in Puget Sound, ocean sunfish are quite common all around the world and, unfortunately, are frequently caught in nets set for other fish.

I spent some time with the fish after it was moved to Sunfish on Alki, where it attracted a constant stream of curious visitors. Most found it fascinating. A few found it repulsive, a perception that was greatly exaggerated in KUOW’s report this morning. The owner of Sunfish and I both thought that the giant fish was very beautiful.

John Loftus, Editor
Muckleshoot Monthly

(Yes, that’s the 1st Avenue South Bridge in the background.) We looked but haven’t found a link to the KUOW discussion he mentioned; if you missed the link in the Wednesday report, The Seattle Times (WSB partner; paywalled) has updated its story. Here’s information about the species via National Geographic.

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West Seattle scenes: Moonrise; ‘Fill the Boot’; anniversary http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-scenes-moonrise-fill-the-boot-anniversary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-scenes-moonrise-fill-the-boot-anniversary/#comments Sat, 19 Oct 2013 04:16:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=253134 Three sights around West Seattle tonight:

We start with the mesmerizing moonrise, photographed by Carolyn Newman. (This means Saturday morning could bring a wonderful moonset IF the fog keeps its distance; you can check moonrise/moonset, and sunrise/sunset, times on the WSB Weather page.) Right before tonight’s moonrise/sunset, we were in The Junction, where we spotted firefighters from Junction-based Ladder 11 asking people to help them Fill The Boot for MDA:

(This photo & next one, by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
Their donation collections at California/Alaska were just steps away from where Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) was celebrating Anniversary #9:

Proprietors Frances and John Smersh were there until 9 pm with snacks and sips for everyone who stopped in to help them celebrate. It’s been three years already since they moved the shop south from the Admiral District to its current home at 4540 California SW in The Junction.

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