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I've lived in Edmonds since 2003. Before that, I lived in Bellevue for a number of years. A friend moved to Edmonds in 2000 and, when I came to visit, I was always impressed with the friendly, small-town feel of Edmonds. I "fell into" a fixer-upper that needed a lot of work, and thought it would be a good deal. I figured it would take me about five years to get it done. Of course, I should have known better! I got the major repairs done so that it is structurally sound, but it has a long way to go... I'm a native Washingtonian. I have lived in western Washington since 1978. I grew up in eastern Washington (Colville), then went to college and worked in Spokane for a while. I have a B.S. in Physics and Math. I went straight from college into the computer field. I have worked for American Sign & Indicator Corporation (in Spokane), Digital Equipment Corporation, and Washington State Ferries, and am now retire (at least part-time ). I have owned my own businesses and have done consulting and contract work. This site is mostly about Edmonds. However, I have a wide range of interests, including photography, reading, hiking, cross-country skiing, bicycling. Some friends say I have too many interests! Because of all of my varied interests, I never seem to have time to complete everything I want to. But, I am never bored. I will add pages about some of my interests as I have time and find things I think may be "of interest" to you. Gary

Rebuilding this Website

This site has been rebuilt in WordPress. After many years using Sitesell for this website, I decided to rebuild it using WordPress. You will notice some things will change as I experiment to get things the way I want them.

Many URLs on this site have changed slightly. If you are having troubles finding a particular page, use the Menu on the left to navigate to it.

[updated January 16, 2019]

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Sunset Over Edmonds Waterfront

The evening of July 13 (2014), I walked out my front door and was struck by the odd lighting. Looking up at the sky, I saw what appeared to be a spectacular sunset approaching. I grabbed my camera and jogged down to the Edmonds waterfront (a few minutes away). There was a storm approaching from the south, which provided the interesting clouds to go with the brilliant colors.

Spectacular Sunset from Edmonds, WA, Waterfront
Spectacular Sunset from Edmonds, WA, Waterfront

Coyote near Shell Creek

I’ve heard for years that there are coyotes along Shell Creek. I didn’t doubt that, but never saw one until several weeks ago. This healthy guy (or gal) was splashing through the creek, no doubt hunting, then stopped for a photo op in this grassy area. If you live near Shell Creek, this would be a very good reason to keep your cats indoors! (August 22, 2015)

Coyote near Shell Creek, Edmonds, WA
Coyote near Shell Creek, Edmonds, WA

International Space Station

This photo is of the night skies over Edmonds as the International Space Station (ISS) passed over June 10, 2015. It is actually 5 photos combined. Each photo was shot at ISO 1250, f/5.6, approximately 30 seconds, using a 10mm lens on a Pentax K-3 (35mm equivalent 15mm) then combined in Photoshop. You can clearly see the big dipper (cup down) just left of the middle of the photo. You can find out when you can see the ISS at your location at NASA’s “Spot the Station” site.

International Space Station from Edmonds, WA, Waterfront
International Space Station from Edmonds, WA, Waterfront

Milky Way from Edmonds

Who says you can’t see the Milky Way from Edmonds? It may be hard to see with the naked eye, but it’s there. This is a photo I shot of the Milky Way from my driveway (in the Edmonds Bowl) on August 3, 2014. Exposure was 30 seconds at F/2.8 at ISO 1600 with a 17mm lens. I did some post processing in Lightroom (Adobe Photoshop Lightroom): increased contrast, lightened the light colors (stars), darkened the darks and a few more things to make the stars stand out a bit more, but just increasing the contrast made the Milky Way obvious in the photo. The light at the bottom is from downtown Edmonds.

Milky Way from Edmonds, WA
Milky Way from Edmonds, WA

Olympics from Edmonds

The Olympic Mountains really stand out when seen from Edmonds. This photo was shot at about 8 am on January 1, 2011, just after sunrise. The best public place I have found for viewing the Olympics and the Ferries crossing Puget Sound is from the plaza behind the library. Maybe I’ll see you there one day.

Olympic Mountains and Ferry from Edmonds, WA
Olympic Mountains and Ferry from Edmonds, WA

Mushrooms, Anyone?

I was looking for fall colors and found myself at Hickman Park. The trees in Restlawn Memorial Park cemetery across the road from the park caught my eye, so I strolled through there. These mushrooms were as brilliant as any of the trees. (November 2, 2012)

Mushrooms