The morning we were slated to leave Orcas, I headed down to the beach one last time. The tide was the lowest I'd seen, and it exposed far more rocky shore than in any previous morning. Camera in hand, I found dozens of starfish. They came in the bright purple you see here, and in pinkish-orange. The kids said the orange ones reminded them of Patrick Star on Spongebob Squarepants.
After leaving Orcas, we had another several hours of travel---waiting for the ferry and then driving to Seattle once we reached the mainland. Lee was hoping to get back to Seattle in time to see the Chittenden/Ballard Locks before they closed for the day. We didn't get any pictures there. A couple of the kids were having drama about being there at all. There was nothing even remotely interesting about locks and fish ladders, as far as they were concerned. I thought it was pretty amazing that humans were even a little bit concerned about fish and whether they could still get upstream.
The next day was spent at the Seattle Center Complex. We spent time at several of the attractions. The picture above is the outside of the Experience Music Project. It reminds me of Darth Vader's helmet. The inside was full of hands-on music experiences and exhibits about musicians. The most interesting to me was the exhibit on Jimi Hendrix. Pretty amazing man, in spite of his early demise.
What trip to Seattle would be complete without a visit to the Space Needle. It was a fairly clear morning, so we could see for miles. Bonus points to anyone who can identify which movie I'm thinking of in this shot. Hint: Giant Cockroach.
I'm really trying to branch out in my picture taking. Nature is much easier to capture than human beings. This man was in the Seattle Center park. I wanted a picture of him that wasn't posed, so I was standing a ways off. Doggoneit, if folks didn't keep walking in front of him. Didn't they see me standing 100 feet away with my telephoto lens?
Again, picture out of order. This is a sculpture in the entry hall of the Experience Music Project. We weren't supposed to take any pictures of anything, so I stole this one off the internet. If you put on headphones nearby, you could hear the "music" it was producing. James is our guitar player, so we spent a lot of time looking at the different guitars and discussing the sculpture in general.