14 Jun 17 Today's touring of the area was to visit two of the three forts, Forts Worden and Flagler, both on this side of the pond, that were part of the Triangle of Fire. The third fort, Casey, is on the other side located on Whidbey Island. (A portion of that property is owned by my Alma Mater, Seattle Pacific University.) These three forts provided protection from non-friendly marine traffic on Puget Sound from 1897 - 1953. They have a very colorful history and for those with the time to visit all three make for a very interesting lesson in modern history. It is basically a two day excursion if you plan to spend any time at all in the parks, all three forts now being state parks. In addition to the forts themselves, there are several interesting sights to capture your eye along the way. On top of all that, Fort Worden is located just outside the town of Port Townsend, a day trip all in itself. I had planned to spend some time in the town but as we pulled up to a parking spot in Fort Worden, a gentleman in the spot next to me, upon seeing the camera draped around my neck, asked if I had come to shoot the boats. I had no idea as to what he was referencing so I asked him what he meant. He said the Tall Boats were sailing to the fort, should arrive around 1400 and were going to put on a show. No longer using a watch, removed mine in 2004, I got back into the SUV to see the time. It being about 1330 we decided to stick around and see what might transpire. While we waited we walked the shoreline taking in some brightly colored grasses and wild flowers accentuated by some showy storm clouds. Also found some time while walking the beach to get a good position for watching the ships to look - unsuccessfully - for some beach glass. Our wait was worth it and we got to see two nice Tall Ships as well as several smaller sail vessels. They even treated us to a few booms, which Miss Maggie frowned upon, with billowing smoke just to make it seem a little real. Had we timed our travels different by even one minute today we would have missed the whole shebang.
I've straightened the horizon appropriately, adjusted some of the color to remove the blues in the island in the background, and added a tiny amount of micro contrast. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO500; 1/3200 sec @ f / 8.