LAST Of thE TOURISTS,
photos and words by: shaneFx
Photos by: shaneFx
Bigfoot is the common name for Sasquatch say ancient tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Many in the Northwest have Sasquatch stories, sightings, and evidence some claim. Mt. St. Helens is legendary for Sasquatch lore. Growing up in this land, my friends and I would walk through the woods for hours looking. We camped, fished and caught frogs in the streams and lakes and we all remember a moment when it felt like we were being watched. Then stomping off could be heard in a way unlike local game. Breath, smells, and grunting are common reports from locals.
Here are some pictures from my latest adventure, looking, never giving up. Next time you hear something in the woods of Washington State, take a look at what might be watching you!
Some say, Big Foot was killed in 1980 at Mt. St. Helens when it erupted. Watch KOMO TV 4 clip attached at the bottom of this page! Watch the volcano erupt.
Using the Big Wheel on the pier as a reference for the starting point we head East then Southwest to Longview Washington along the Pacific coast. The floating bridge is a big attraction leading out of downtown. After an hour or two the wilderness to the coast seems endless in the morning mist. Eventually the coast and lighthouses signal the rocks below. Then back home to my friends on the back deck. Thanks for riding along. A day trip to the coast only takes a couple of hours. Be well my friends and take a mental vacation.
This pair of Crows had visited daily for about four years. What attracted them to the backyard? Persistence with treats in the form of unsalted peanuts. They would land on the lamp-post across the street. Tossing scraps of food at the base of the lamp caught their attention. Not wanting to just throw them anything, testing scraps of food I found they would eat peanuts. Unsalted made sense and eventually that is all they wanted. Healthy and fairly cheap crow food. Never over-feed or you could end up with a swarm. Crows do make noise, so consider if your neighbors would mind the noise and small messes on the fence. Done right, it’s rewarding in many ways.
These two were like having wild friends that interacted. So much, that when I went on vacation they would let me know they were not impressed. Ignoring the food for a while, they stood on top of the light pole, not budging to get the food. At times leaving the peanuts for up to twenty-four hours, was their signal. Normally they would sit on the fence, wait for me to come out, chat and snack. Close enough at times to see their eyes as they would pause and look. It was clear communication over time.
The University of Washington has a very good study of crow behavior conducted at various locations around the City of Seattle. Google it and take a look, the study is fascinating. Meanwhile, play the clip below made up of sessions from last winter. I would set the camera and leave for the day or just watch from the door or window. It was like loosing friends when I recently moved.
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Powerful sun burning through
Mist holding on
A call from the flock
gliding, direction clear
Carry on this day
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One of my favorite locations on the port of Seattle. It takes some searching to find this spot and, “No,” not giving directions. For this one place, photographers must work for it if they want the shots. That’s all I’m going to say about that topic.
Just look at her curves on this gloomy day. I know it’s spring, Seattle is just playing shy. When the weather changes around here it gets dramatic in the skyline. I was feeling a little down and the weather expressed that for me yesterday. Have a good rest of the week, friends!
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This is an update from a previous post about Victor Falls, near Seattle and close to Mt. Rainier.
I love this scene for escaping.
Earth communication happens here ~ balance those biorhythms.
One of my favorite places to kick back. Nothing formal here, nothing other than the great resorts. The grand structures are luxury. Most come for the slower life mixed with northern american touches. Sammy Hagar of the 1980’s rock band Van Halen owns Cabo Wabo Cantina. (Click here for History of the Cantina)
( click here Google Map of Lands End Baja California) Cobo is a tourist town, you can expect the trappings that go along with that part of the resort town atmosphere. The port town is small and informal. Best friends have a home there so it will always be special. The food was great, found a place the locals love, and it was amazing. You too will find them, but I’m not going to disclose their exact location for the sake of the local families. Learn a small bit of Spanish, you will be appreciated. The resorts are world-class.
WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST
William Randolph Hearst, the man who conceived Hearst Castle, was a media genius whose influence extended to publishing, politics, Hollywood, the art world and everyday American life. His power and vision allowed him to pursue one of the most ambitious architectural endeavors in American history, the result of which are viewed at the magnificent grounds and structures of Hearst Castle.
Mr. Hearst was born on April 29, 1863, in San Francisco, California, as the only child of George and Phoebe Hearst. His father, a wealthy man as a result of relentless work and creativity in his various mining interests, allowed young William the opportunity to see and experience the world as few do.
At the age of ten Hearst toured Europe with his mother. Inspiration rose from the grandeur and scale of castles, art and history. This experience fueled Hearst’s life long aspiration to recreate this majesty for his own enjoyment. Back in the United States, Hearst was enrolled in St. Paul’s Preparatory School in Concord, New Hampshire at the age of 16. Hearst continued his education at Harvard where he showed the first signs of becoming a future publishing tycoon. At Harvard, he excelled in journalism and acted as the business manager of the Harvard Lampoon. His election to the “Hasty Pudding” theatrical group revealed his talent and interest in drama.
During his time at Harvard, his father George acquired the San Francisco Examiner as payment for a gambling debt. Soon after, the young Hearst pleaded with his father to turn over the paper to him. In 1887 the older Hearst relented and relinquished control to his ambitious son. Shortly after, William Randolph Hearst purchased another newspaper, the New York Journal, which would become the second in a long list of newspaper holdings that he acquired in the next decade of his life. At his peak he owned more than two dozen newspapers nationwide; in fact, nearly one in four Americans got their news from a Hearst paper.
In 1903, Mr. Hearst married Millicent Willson in New York City. The couple had five sons together during their marriage: George, William Randolph Jr., John and twins Randolph and David.
Their honeymoon drive across the European continent inspired Mr. Hearst to launch his first magazine, Motor. Motor became the foundation for another publishing endeavor that is still known as Hearst Magazines.
Hearst’s interest in politics led him to election to the United States House of Representatives as a Congressman from New York in 1902. After reelection in 1904, he unsuccessfully pursued the New York Governorship in 1906.
In the 1920s he started one of the first print-media companies to enter radio broadcasting. Mr. Hearst was a major producer of movie newsreels with his company Hearst Metrotone News, and is widely credited with creating the comic strip syndication business. His King Features Syndicate today is the largest distributor of comics and text features in the world. In his career, William Hearst produced over 100 films including, “The Perils of Pauline,” “The Exploits of Elaine” and “The Mysteries of Myra.” In the 1940s he was an early pioneer of television.
In addition to his brilliant business endeavors, Mr. Hearst amassed a vast and impressive art collection that included American and European Old Master paintings and sculptures, tapestries, oriental rugs, Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities, silver, furniture and historic ceilings. Much of this collection found its home at Hearst Castle and five other sumptuous properties, while the remainder filled warehouses on both the East and West Coasts. Like many of his contemporaries, Hearst voraciously collected art and established a museum quality collection.
Throughout his life, Hearst dreamed of building a dwelling similar to those he had seen on his European tour as a boy. Hearst Castle was to become the realization of this dream as he and architect Julia Morgan collaborated for 28 years to construct a castle worthy of those he saw in Europe. During construction Hearst used the Castle as his primary residence, and it was here that he continually entertained the elite of Hollywood, politics and sports. Hearst left his San Simeon estate in 1947 to seek medical care unavailable in the remote location. While the Castle was never completely finished, it stands as the remarkable achievement of one man’s dream.
William Randolph Hearst died in Beverly Hills on August 14, 1951, at the age of 88. He was interred in the Hearst family mausoleum at the Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma, California. All of his sons followed their father into the media business and his namesake, William Randolph, Jr., became a Pulitzer Prize-winning Hearst newspaper reporter.
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