Near Snoqualmie Falls, we passed a nice railroad museum
They have a nice rotary snow blower
Terry explaining the Rule of Thirds in photography.
He also said that if you set Portrait
Mode on your camera, it turns on the flash, and the Landscape Mode will
give the whole scene in focus. He suggested taking photos of
signs along the way, such as the sign for theSnoqualmie Falls so you
can remember how to spell it. Take vertical panorama to get the
bottom of the falls in your photo.
The spectacular Snoqualmie Falls.
It is so far to the bottom that logs look like toothpicks and one
barely realizes the red at the bottom center of the photo is a person.
Following Terry's Rule of Thirds, I took a photo of Matt.
Snoqualmie Falls is a 268 ft
(82 m) waterfall on the Snoqualmie River between Snoqualmie and Fall
City, Washington, USA. It is one of Washington's most popular scenic
attractions, but is perhaps best known internationally for its
appearance in the cult television series Twin Peaks.
[Niagara Falls is 167 ft.]
Most of the river is diverted into
the power plants, but at times the river is high enough to flow across
the entire precipice, which creates an almost blinding spray.
The Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric
Plant is at Snoqualmie Falls, currently operated by Puget Sound Energy.
It is made of two power houses, Plant 1 and Plant 2. Plant 1 was built
in 1899 and operates at the base of the falls embedded in the rock 270
feet (82 m) below the surface. It was the world's first completely
underground power plant. Plant 2 was built in 1910 and further
expanded in 1957, and is located a short distance downstream of the
falls. Approximately 1% of Puget Sound Energy sales comes from the
plant. These two power plants provide 44,000 kilowatts of electricity,
which is enough to service 16,000 average homes.
Terry told this legend: For the Snoqualmie People, who have lived for centuries in the
Snoqualmie Valley in western Washington, Snoqualmie Falls is central to
their culture, beliefs, and spirituality. A traditional burial site, to
the Snoqualmie, the falls are "the place where First Woman and First
Man were created by Moon the Transformer" and "where prayers were
carried up to the Creator by great mists that rise from the powerful
flow." The mists rising from the base of the waterfall are said to
serve to connect Heaven and Earth.
Spiritual Mist rising past the lodge, setting for "Twin Peaks". Water on the right is from the power plant overflow.
Terry Divyak, takes a family portrait of tour members.
Didn't see any, but evidently this area has peregrine falcons.
I like my iWatch for the location, temperature, date, time, and sunset time.
Shirt in the gift shop.
Vegetation around the falls.
Terry Divyak, ready to head for the next stop.
The van we traveled in.
Google home office in Seattle
Statue of long time radio personalities in Seattle.
This Troll was selected from applicant drawings for an art piece under this bridge.
Terry pointed out that a real VW was under the troll's left hand.
Before stepping off the bus, Terry
reminded us of some photographic concepts: Photograph boats and
people in the locks from a high angle. Shoot salmon in the ladder
under water and through glass at an angle so if flash goes off, it is not reflected in the glass.
He mentioned that he learns a lot of facts about Seattle from reading
many books which he purchases from Half Price Books (hpb.com).
He has two 12-passenger buses and 3 drivers. As you will see from his website, he takes Tulip Festival trips as well.
Nearby heron rookery.
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A railroad draw bridge near the locks.
Dam next to the locks.
Terry pointed out a Great Blue Heron for me to photograph.
Salmon going up the fish ladder to lay their eggs, never to return.
During our time at the Ballard Locks, the bridge was lowered for a BNSF
freight. As it turned out, we crossed this very bridge later that
afternoon on the Empire Builder.
There is an agreement with the local Indians that they can take a certain number of salmon.
Best Seattle View
Terry showed us where to take this unique photo of the Space Needle.
Terry passed this photo book around the bus as a promotion of his African Photo Tour.
North Entrance to Pike's Market
South entrance to Pike's Market
Terry took me, and our luggage, back to King Street Station in time for our 4:40 pm departure on the Empire Builder.
The interior has been refurbished and looks perfect.
Across the street is the restored Union Station.
Union Station has an equally impressive restored interior.
Across the street from Union Station is Chinatown at Weller St. and 5th Avenue.
The Sounder commuter train stops at the Amtrak Station as well as Amtrak's Empire Builder and Coast Starlight.
Century Link Field just south of the Amtrak Station. While
watching the Seattle Mariners playing baseball here on TV, you often
hear train horns.
For a slide show of all Seattle photos, click: http://trainweb.com/slideshow/carl/AmericaByAmtrak/Seattle