The Seattle skyline and Mt. Rainier from our hotel roof.
Seattle skyline after dark
Thom Shanken (l.) and Dave Tuttle (r.) mounting the 1773 Leyden Pear Kite for photography, (photo: Ali Fujino)
Dave Tuttle taking a light reading in our makeshift studio at the Drachen Foundation, Seattle.
The 1773 Leyden Pear Kite at it's tail.
The penciled "1773" and initials written on the kite.
Preparing the kite for backlit photos. (photo: Ali Fujino)
Another Ali Fujino photo. Thanks to Ali we both got to get in the picture!
The backlit kite; showing both construction details and repairs.
The front of the kite under ultraviolet light; bringing out the details of construction and repair paste, mold, and water staining.
The back of the kite under ultraviolet light; showing the details of construction and repair paste, mold, and water staining.
Dave made up these great t-shirts for us.
Our lodging in Long Beach, Washington.
Our cottage. It was very nice.
The World Kite Museum, Long Beach, WA
Dave doing his 'thing' in the museum.
The museum was much larger than I had thought.
The museum does a very nice job of representing the culture of kites from around the world.
I had never before seen or heard of the kites from Yunnan Province, China.
A Yunnan kite.
Back view of a Yunnan kite.
The bridle set up of the Yunnan kite. Five kites were displayed, all the other examples had a two-point bridle.
The "Hall of Fame"
Heading out to the beach and the Washington State International Kite Festival (WSIKF), Long Beach, WA.
Kevin Reynolds had been in Long Beach since Wednesday, and said that his first two days were perfect. Friday was foggy and very windy.
On the beach at WSIKF, Friday, 19 August 2011.
Our friends from the UK, Karl & Sara Longbottom were this year's invited guests; seen here with Kevin Reynolds (in the hoodie). Kathy Goodwin and I are talking in the background.
The foggy overcast skies on Friday did not diminish the color of all the ground display banners.
Keving Reynold's kites spent the day appearing and disappearing into the sky.
Kevin and I getting a chuckle over the 'eyes & nose' ground display in the next photo.
Back at the World Kite Museum on Friday night for the announcement of this year's 'Hall of Fame' inductee: Homan Walsh.
Kay Buesing of the kite museum talks to WSIKF guest Bas Vreeswijk. The other WSIKF guest, Karl Longbottom, is in the background (can Dave Tuttle get the good pictures, or what?).
Saturday, 20 August 2011, at WSIKF. The skies were clear but the wind was wild!
Saturday brought out the crowd.
The kites of Robert Brasington and Kevin Reynolds.
The howling wind made me remember why I prefer flying on grass: the sand was not only in my shoes, my eyes, and my teeth, it was EVERYWHERE.
A very happy Kevin Reynolds.
Kevin's new 4' bols.
All three of the large kites Kevin brought to WSIKF.
Dave and I flew out to Washington. Kevin (who drove) was nice enough to take along a few of our kites for us to fly. The only kite I sent that was able to stand up to the wind was my Boreal 'Trickster' delta.
Saturday crowd at the Teddy Bear drop.
At the WSIKF banquet on Saturday night. Three, count 'em, three NYKE guys!
Good-bye Long Beach!