Sunday, October 1, 2006

"I'm Back!"

I'm back and I have 214 pictures to look over. I did get to 64 of them tonight, before succumbing to weariness. Twenty of those passed my stern (hah!) editing skills and have been sent up to the web. You probably can't tell where I've been, but later on, it will be unmistakeable. For now, I just share two of the best:

I love the gentle and aware expression on this little fellow...

Yes, I've been to the zoo, and a few other places. More details later. For now, I go to bed.

Monday, October 2, 2006

"View From Hotel Roof"

I've sent many photos taken at the zoo up to the web, but I'll save those for another day. Right now I'm focusing on the view from my hotel roof. There were six floors of rooms, so this roof would count as the seventh. In these, it is unmistakeable where I went, for where ever you go in Seattle downtown, the Space Needle serves as a sort of watchful alien device.

(Don't forget, you can click on them to see them larger.)

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

"Views of Space Needle"

All around the grounds of 'Space Center', the Needle looms:

I like this view of the 'natural' and 'unnatural'. (zoom detail underneath)

Directly underneath...

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

"View from Space Needle"

Oh, the house is hot. I woke up sweating. I did go to bed early, 7:30pm early, so my middle of the night wake up won't sleep deprive me too much. I don't deal well with sleep deprivation, um, falling asleep at work for instance, (I did that yesterday, the head just nodded off...), so I'll be headed back to bed shortly.

But for now I'm awake. So now you're wondering if I actually got inside that 'needle'? (Why do they call it a 'needle', sure couldn't sew with it. But the elevators go up and down like a needle in a sewing machine.) So there's some similarities, I suppose.

Yes! I did go up in that 'space age' contraption, I and my lovely group of companions, who heard me howling on the way up. That thing goes FAST, very fast, 10 mph(16 km/h), and it feels like you might just keep on shooting through the heavens. Once off the elevator, I regained my cool to enjoy the view. Sadly, my camera didn't capture it well. I think it's because there's some kind of vibration always going on with the rapid movement of the elevators. Although my camera has an image stabilizer, it couldn't do much:

That's a very blurry view of what I saw...

And I sure didn't see anything that looked like the above...

I'm not sure how the camera produced that. Perhaps it was the experiment with the 'fireworks' option. I tried 'night scene' and 'fireworks'. Clearly, 'fireworks' didn't work. But even though my camera couldn't capture the view, I won't forget it. That adventure up the 'needle' was the perfect topper to a great week.

I have tons more pictures to share in the days, um, weeks? to come. Now, however, I return to bed for more shut eye. Good night, all.

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