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Photo of Port Townsend's Key City Public Theater - Dracula production
Outtake photo from Dracula publicity shoot

Port Townsend’s Key City Public Theater is staging a production of Dracula, adapted from the novel of the same name. The late Sy Kahn wrote the play. From the press release:

It begins with a screaming nightmare.

And, like any good horror story, the nightmare gets worse before it gets better.

Key City Public Theatre presents the Pacific Northwest premiere of the timeless tale “Dracula” as adapted from the Bram Stoker classic by long-time Port Townsend resident Sy Kahn. The show opens Friday October 7 and runs through Sunday October 30.

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Late Night at North Beach

Photo of North Beach, Port Townsend
Low Tide at 10:30 pm at North Beach

Sometimes we get the strangest ideas. I wanted to walk North Beach at low tide. The problem with that is that it happened after 11:00 pm. Of course the tide drops well before it hits the lowest point and I was able to get out on the beach by 9:00. I ended up taking photos until close to 11:00 anyway. This view looks west towards Sequim and Port Angeles, which I believe are the glows in the distance.

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Fog at the Point Hudson Marina

photo of a foggy morning at Port Townsend's Point Hudson Marina
Foggy mornings aren't great for sailing but make great photos

Port Townsend had a short fog season this year. It’s the differential between the warm air and cold water that causes most of our fog. It just never got that warm.

I did get out for most of our foggy mornings to take pictures. This photo was entered in the Northwest Maritime Center’s “On the Water” photography show, which, unfortunately, was canceled this year.

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Another Sunflower Photo

closeup photo of red and orange sunflower
Sunflower season in Port Townsend

K planted a variety of different sunflowers, both at home and in the community garden we belong to. The flowers fascinate me and nudged me over the edge into buying a focusing rail.

When you take pictures of things from  very close, only a small part of the image is in focus. With a process called focus stacking, it’s possible to combine multiple photos and use only the section of each picture that is in focus. A focusing rail makes that much easier. It slides the camera forward or backward, so a different part of the subject is in focus in each shot. The shift is done by turning a dial. With the tiny distances involved, it’s very difficult to move the camera and tripod in the same plane and evenly. This flower picture is made up of 12 photos merged together. Each image was taken 4 mm (about 5/32 of an inch) closer to the flower than the last.

Hurricane Ridge

Photo of the Olympic Mountains seen from Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge is located in the Olympic National Park. It’s a 16 mile drive from Port Angeles and over 5,200 feet in elevation. From the end of the road a trail runs almost a mile and 900 feet higher to the top of Hurricane Hill. This view looks eastward from the ridge toward the Buckhorn Wilderness area in the distance.

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Chimacum Farmer’s Market

Photo of Chimacum Farmer's Market
Selling artisan pickles at the Chimacum Farmer's Market

I’ve neglected rural Jefferson County this year and focusing mostly on Port Townsend photos. Last weekend, the local extension of Washington State University sponsored a tour of local farms. This isn’t one of them, I’ll post a photo of that tomorrow. The farm tour did get me out into the county, though.

This picture is of the Chimacum Farmer’s Market, which is under the umbrella of the Jefferson County Farmer’s Market organization. The JCFM also sponsors the Saturday and Wednesday markets in Port Townsend.

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Sorting Photos

photo of photos being sorted
Photos for an essay on Reno

Ray Ketchum, editor-in-chief of Rear Curtain an online photo essay magazine, has these photos laid out for sorting. Some of the photos will be used for an essay on Reno, Nevada. Even with digital photos, sometimes it’s just easier to lay everything out to look at and let the editing process sort itself out over time.

Here’s the description of Rear Curtain from its about page:

At its heart, Rear Curtain is about storytelling. Images hold the potential to share some of the most powerful stories that connect us no matter where in the world we live. Finding stories that link people to one another and that reflect how we are all the same can make the world a better place. Through sharing our lives and those of the people around us–our family, friends, neighbors, and our community–we can move others to new points of view by showing what we all have in common regardless of race, culture, religion or geography. These stories can improve understanding and influence behavior, all with the hope of–in some way–changing the future.

Our New Kitten, Thimble

Photo of new kitten, named Thimble
Our new Kitten, Thimble

This is Thimble Berry McKee. Okay, the photo is totally schmaltzy. But, it’s impossible to not take pictures of such a great new addition to our life, even if such photos are too cute and sentimental. Kittens are too cute. It’s part of their job description. Besides, this gives me an excuse to plug our great Animal Shelter.

We adopted Thimble last Thursday from the Jefferson County Animal Shelter, which is soon to be passed from the Sheriffs Office’s control to the Humane Society’s. You can view photos of the Shelter’s current adoptions here.