Friday, December 12, 2008

Traveling: Mukilteo, WA

Sunset on Puget Sound : Mukilteo, WA

After the Christmas parade on Saturday afternoon, I got ready to head up to Seattle for the night. To get off the island, you take a ferry from Clinton to Mukilteo. These are just a few photos from Mukilteo down around the ferry launch.

Some information about Mukilteo: With a population just over 20,000, Mukilteo is one of Seattle's most affluent bedroom communities. Median income is nearly $84,000/yr. Most of the boom came in the 1980s and 1990s, when the city annexed 1.2 square miles along the Mukilteo speedway for development. Population grew from less than 1,000 to more than 4,000. In 1991, a second annexation doubled the size of the city and increased the population to 10,000.

This seagull on the No Parking sign cracked me up! : Mukilteo, WA

Historically, Mukilteo is the point where Gov. Isaac Stevens and the chiefs of 22 tribes from across Puget Sound signed the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855. For many decades, the settlement was a fishing village, trading post, and port-of-entry. Today, the Washington State Ferry shuttles 3 million people per year back and forth across the sound. There are plans in the works for an additional ferry line to the east of the current line.

Mukilteo Light Station and the Mukilteo-to-Clinton Ferry : Mukilteo, WA

Mukilteo is also home to a light station, just west of the ferry building. Mukilteo Light Station was built in 1906 and has a Fourth Order Fresnel lens that has a range of 12 nautical miles. Of the 26 lighthouses in Washington, only six remain open to the public. This is one of them.

Today's entries are part of SkyWatch Friday.

Tomorrow's entry will be When Bloggers Meet: Seattle and will feature pictures I shot while hanging out with Seattle-based blogger, Maya of Maya Photography.

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 12/08


Greg said...

What a lovely photo with that light in the sky. Love it!

Virginia said...

Highly trained seagull poses for photos. And did they spray that grass green like that? Sunset is a knockout too.

simply divina said...

This is very nice,the sky is amazing.Color are so different.Have a blesseweekends!

Dusty Lens said...

I wonder if the no parking sign applies to the seagull parked up top. Lovely colors here, especially like the lighthouse. I wonder why we have such a fascination with lighthouses.

babooshka said...

Specatcular colours top shot. Nicley balance rancge of images again. Your photography is really stepping up a gear.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

lovely shots and interesting post...gull shot is cute.

D.C. Confidential said...

Greg: Thanks! It was a beautiful sunset.

VJ: I wondered the same thing about the grass, too. But no. It was real.

Divina: Thank you! The sky was amazing that evening.

DL: I wondered that, too. I think if I go back, I'm going to tack up a sign underneath it that says "Except Seagulls." As for lighthouses, I think it's the romance of light at night and a haven in a storm that appeals to so many of us.

Babooshka: Thanks! I hope my pictures are getting better.

GLV: Thank you. This is day three in my travelogue about my recent trip to Washington State. Come again tomorrow and see some more!

Gresham Photo Blog said...

Beautiful. Love the reflection of the colors on the water!

marley said...

First photo - frist class. I love it!

Maya said...

Nice sunset! That seagull better learn to read!

D.C. Confidential said...

Gresham: Welcome! Thanks for the compliment on the sunset. The reflection on water is always such an added treat and makes it doubly lovely.

Marley: Thanks! I love a good sunset. (Is there ever a bad one?)

Maya: What is up with the seagulls in Washington?! I took a similar shot on Monday morning at the beach in Ocean Shores. Obviously, the state needs to spend a little more on literacy programs for seagulls...

And yes, it was a lovely sunset.