Edmonds Waterfront for some photography adventures

My daughter’s soccer team had kind of a rough outing Saturday morning so I decided to get some fresh air and walk along the Edmonds Waterfront.  Although it was a beautiful day, we had some pretty thick smoke from the Cle Elum wildfires coating the air.  You can not only smell the burning wood, but it is irritating on your eyes and throat.  What should have been a pretty spectacular sunset was altered, noticeably, by all the smoke.  The sky was orange and kind of red, which transferred to the water, making it look like a polaroid photo.  It was interesting.  Really the highlight was this new photography toy I bought!  It’s pretty exciting!!  This one is a 3″ crystal ball.  Although it does not tell the future, it does alter the landscaping for some pretty cool photos.  I haven’t played around with it much, so I packed it in my backpack and headed for the waterfront.

Edmonds has kind of a unique waterfront.  Lots of restaurants, parks and the ferry dock. There were a few people out scuba diving in the area in dry suits.  Didn’t see them bring anything out, but not sure if it was just a class.  Lots of kids playing in the water, which I’m sure is a bit chilly right now!  I walked down the boardwalk and ran into about 10 people all huddled together tapping and swiping their phones.  Yep, playing Pokemon Go!  A little further down the walk was another group, mostly older individuals and that all had big binoculars and scopes.  Hoping they were watching a pod of orcas off the shore I started looking at the water, but didn’t see anything.  So I asked what they were looking at and it was just birds.  Apparently this weekend was a bird festival in Edmonds.  Not my idea of fun so I headed out on the fishing pier, which was packed.  Lots of people fishing and several people with crab pots, which I’m pretty sure is closed.  Saw a guy catch what looked like some type of cod and a heron finding lunch in the swallow water off the rocks.
I planned on walking through the marina for some sunset photos but all the dock gates are locked so I just kept walking.  I didn’t realize there was a big beach and park at the end!  Learned something new.  I decided to try out the glass sphere on the beach.  The box comes with a big warning sheet telling you not to hold it up directly to the sun and that is acts like a huge magnifying glass so be careful about where you use it so you don’t start a fire!  Great!

It was fun placing it in the sand and water just to see what different effects would show up.  Still not exactly sure how to hold it and take a photo.  I think it might try the 6″ sphere too as it will show a lot more scenery within the glass.  After a little bit of playing around with it, I like it!  You can come up with some pretty cool and interesting shots with it.  It’s a little heavy to carry in my backpack though for hiking as it is solid glass.  Maybe……We shall see!

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