Reader photos offer new glimpses of world

The Herald posts readers’ photographs online at

It’s a fun way to see work from folks all around our communities.

Thanks to John Schmitt for submitting a photo of the moon during a recent eclipse.

“My son, Chris, and I enjoyed watching a rare total lunar eclipse this morning in a beautiful cloudless sky,” he wrote last week. “We clutched hot mugs of coffee as we stood out in 26 degree temperatures that morning for an hour and a half, but it was well worth it to take in the beauty of the Moon changing from its brilliant full moon brightness to a dark copper-red color over the Olympic Mountains.”

Unfortunately, a photo just doesn’t do justice to the colors and beauty of the eclipsed moon over his Marysville home, he wrote.

Schmitt wrote that a total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the shadow cast by the earth, and therefore can only occur during a full moon.

“Lunar eclipses are quite rare, with the next one visible from this area on April 15, 2014. The fully eclipsed moon takes on a copper-red color due to indirect sunlight illuminating it after bending through our atmosphere on its way to the moon. Without our atmosphere, the Moon would not be visible at all during a total eclipse.

See Schmitt’s and other reader photos at

West Seattle dogs now have a direct route to Camano Island. Rose Egge, a community reporter from West Seattle, says the owners of Camano Island Kennels, a 5-acre dog training and boarding center, bought Stella Ruffington’s Doggy Playcare in West Seattle.

Stella Ruffington will keep its name and offer the same services.

Egge wrote that Jason and Dianna Young, who own the Camano kennel, bought Stella Ruffington on Dec. 5 after searching for three years for a Seattle location to expand their business.

The Youngs will offer group obedience classes and private lessons on behavior modification. For more intensive training or long-term boarding, dogs can be dropped off at Stella’s and taken to the Camano Island Kennel where they have more room to roam and play.

When you see Airporter Shuttle on I-5 heading through Snohomish County, there could be some unusual passengers aboard. The company is participating in Sea-Tac Airport’s Raptor Management Program, helping save birds of prey and aircraft from potentially dangerous air strikes.

The program is a partnership between the Port of Seattle and Skagit Valley’s Falcon Research Group. As part of the Port’s Wildlife Management Program, wildlife biologist Steve Osmek and staff monitor and trap raptors (hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, etc.) and transport them to Skagit County aboard Airporter Shuttle buses. At the Falcon Research Group, Bud Anderson and volunteers measure, tag and release the birds into the wilderness of the Skagit Valley.

“We are very pleased and excited to be involved in the program,” said Larry Wickkiser, of Airporter Shuttle. “It’s great to be able to help save these majestic birds and also reduce the danger to aircraft.”

Airporter Shuttle has transported almost a dozen raptors so far, including red-tailed hawks, Cooper’s hawks, and a great horned owl.

Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451;

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