Summer Sky

Finding pleasure on a warm summer evening while sheltering in place. Turning our gaze upward in search of the comet, stars, satellites, and the International Space Station. These uplifting occurrences reassure us of the creative pursuits and scientific genius of humanity. This 30 second exposure captures the football-field-sized ISS as a dot of light streaking across the sky, during a six minute window of visibility traveling at 5 miles per second.

Additional photos from the series can be seen on my Flickr album Night Sky

International Space Station, Big Dipper, Neowise July 2020 Pacific Northwest

International Space Station, 7/20/ 2020 at 9:15 p.m. Pacific Northwest.

the comet Neowise and the Big Dipper, July 2020 Pacific Northwest, South Salish Sea

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Children Say: Do Your Job

Another image from the nationwide 2018 March for Our Lives, Olympia, Washington.

Additional images from this event, and others sponsored by Indivisible, Move On, and Women’s March, can be viewed on my Flickr account.

p.s.- some of these “children” are now 18, doing their jobs, and looking forward to November 2020.

March For Our Lives 2018

All they want is for politicians to do their jobs

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Next Generation of Voters

This image is from the March for Our Lives, to end gun violence, when young people organized across the country, calling  attention to their concerns about gun violence and their future. This event was in March, 2018 at the State Capitol in Olympia, Washington.


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Seattle Art Museum – Olympic Sculpture Park

I’d been wanting to visit the sculpture park again for some time, to see new additions to the collection and to revisit works by three of my favorite artists, Serra, Calder, and DiSuvero. I went on a brisk, overcast day just before the new year.

I was reflecting on the first time I saw Richard Serra’s Wake, 2004, just after it was installed. It is first seen from a long distance, from above, and as you approach the work it grows and grows; by the time you reach it, you are immersed within it.

Seattle is fortunate to have a classic Alexander Calder, from 1971, Eagle. It is a sculpture worthy of repeated visits, to see how it captures northwest light in the different seasons and times of day.

It was exciting to see Mark di Suvero’s, Schubert Sonata, 1992, with Eliot Bay as a backdrop. As with all of DiSuvero’s signature work, it is like a drawing in steel, and I look forward to spending more time with it during upcoming visits.

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