Seattle, WA – Space Needle

Seattle - Space Needle

NIKON D70S, Nikon 18-70

This is a photo of the famous Space Needle in Seattle.  Seattle is one of the best little cities in the USA.     Seattle is a medley of picturesque views of lush green hills surrounded by snowcapped mountains and sparking blue waters.   Mount Rainier stands the tallest mountain at 14,411 feet.   Seattle is nestled on a narrow strip of land between Puget Sound and eighteen mile long Lake Washington.  Seattle’s mild winters and cool summers work together to make the city lush and green, earning it the nickname, “The Emerald City”. 

Of course I have only visited in the summer when its been beautiful.  For those people that have or currently live in Seattle you can tell us how much it really rains there.   Some great sights to see in Seattle are; Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Waterfront, Pioneer Sqaure, Mount Rainier and you can take some wonderful  boats, cruises or ferries around Seattle.  And if you are there in the summer…see a baseball game – Seattle Mariners.  It is my favorite stadium in all of baseball!

Pike Place Market is the place to go to enjoy the Seattle experience.  To see the market workers toss the fish to each other is a wonderful sight to enjoy.   Here is some history I found on the net – Pike Place was founded on August 17, 1907.   A total of eight farmers brought their wagons to the corner of First Avenue and Pike and were quickly overwhelmed by over 10,000 shoppers!  By 11 Am they were sold out.  By the end of 1907  the first market building opened and every space was filled.  A century later Pike Place is known as America’s premier farmers market!  It attracts nearly 10 Million visitors per year!

If you are looking for scenic beauty, great food, music and some delicious coffee…stop in and visit Seattle!

Nurnberg, Germany – Spherical Dreams

Nurnberg, Germany - Globes

NIKON D300, Nikon 105 VR

While I was in Nurnberg walking around the Hauptmarkt (shopping area).  There were tons of little shops.   I stopped in one that looked fairly large.  I have heard Nurnberg is known for toys so I wanted to see what they had.  My goal was to find a cute toy for my little one (she is 4 years old).  Most everything was so wonderful!  Unfortunately they were all handcrafted items such as; beer steins, cookoo clocks (they were awesome!), plates, and amazing wood carved people (soliders, Santas, workers, etc…).  Everywhere I looked was a special sight to see!!   Not much for a 4 year old, but I did see these brilliant glass spheres hanging from the ceiling.  I thought to buy one, but I still had 1 week of travel left and a long plane ride…how would it survive without breaking?   I will go back later this year more prepared and pick one up!

German craftsmanship is tops in my book!   I was mesmerized at everything I saw. A wall of cookoo clocks brought me back to my childhood.  We had one growing up.  The steins were beautiful!  I luckily had my camera and took a few shots for fun.  The picture above had very nice bokeh.  For those that may not know what bokeh is…bokeh is derived from a Japanese word “boke” meaning blur or haze. Its a photographic term reffering to the appearance of a light sources in an out-of-focus area of an image caused by the camera lens using a shallow depth of field. 

I thought the image had a dreamy feel to it and I opened it up on Color Efex Pro 3.0 and added a soft focus effect to it.   Hope you enjoy!