Photo of a professional football player during a game

Arizona Cardinals Karlos Dansby celebrates after he made an interception against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Seattle. The Cardinals beat the Seahawks 17-10.

On Sunday, the unthinkable happened for the first time in more than two years the Seattle Seahawks lost at CentutyLink Field. The Cardinals came in and defeated the Seahawks to keep their playoffs hopes alive and keep the Seahawks weren’t able to clinch home field advantage for the playoffs. It was quarterback Russell Wilson’s first loss at home. Here are some photo, including a few features. Many more after the break.

A photo of football players during a game

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

 

Photos of a football place kicker before a game

Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4) warms up near Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals cheerleaders before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Seattle.

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Photo of Amazon.com protestors in Seattle

Protestors from local labor organizations wear boxes during a protest at Amazon world headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA, 16 December 2013 to support workers in Germany. Protests and strikes were also scheduled at Amazon locations in Germany where Amazon has refused to negotiate with Ver.di as workers seek to have a voice in wages and working conditions at the online retail giant.

Just days before Christmas German labor organizers and and at least one Amazon worker from Germany came to the company’s Global headquarters in Seattle. German warehouse workers have been trying to negotiate a contract with Amazon for some time and held a protest to draw attention to the situation. Local labor groups were also on hand to show there support. Here are some photos

Photo of protestors at Amazon headquarters in Seattl

Markus Hoffmann-Achenbach, right, a German labor organizer, speaks during a protest at Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA, 16 December 2013 with the support of local labor organizations, at left. Protests and strikes were also scheduled at Amazon locations in Germany where Amazon has refused to negotiate with Ver.di as workers seek to have a voice in wages and working conditions at the online retail giant.

Photos of members of local labor groups in front of the Amazon Global headquarters in Seattl.

Members and supporters of local labor organizations show their support for German Amazon workers during a protest at Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA, 16 December 2013. Protests and strikes were also scheduled at Amazon locations in Germany where Amazon has refused to negotiate with Ver.di as workers seek to have a voice in wages and working conditions at the online retail giant.

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Photo of football players during a game

John Timu #10 of Washington celebrates a his game-clinching interception with teammate Travis Feeney #41 of Washington late in the fourth quarter of a game against Washington State at Husky Stadium on November 29, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Washington won the game 27-17.

The first Apple Cup was played at newly renovated Husky Stadium in Seattle with UW winning 27-17.  As all Apple Cups seem to be, it was close, with UW pulling it out in the end. For the first time in years both UW and WSU are bowl eligible. It seems both football programs are headed in the right direction. Here are few photos from the game with a pair after the break. We also saw runningback Bishop Sankey break the University of Washington all-time record for career rushing touchdowns and total rushing yardage.

Bishop Sankey #25 of Washington rushes the ball as Tana Pritchard #33 of Washington State tries to make a tackle during the second half of a game at Husky Stadium on November 29, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Washington won the game 27-17. Sankey broke the University of Washington  all-time record for rushing touchdowns and total rushing yardage.

Bishop Sankey #25 of Washington rushes the ball as Tana Pritchard #33 of Washington State tries to make a tackle during the second half of a game at Husky Stadium on November 29, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Washington won the game 27-17. Sankey broke the University of Washington all-time record for rushing touchdowns and total rushing yardage.

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Photo of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in front of a Microsoft logo

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer address shareholders during the Microsoft Shareholders Annual Meeting November 19, 2013 in Bellevue, Washington. The meeting was the last for Steve Ballmer as CEO. Ballmer is one of two CEO’s in Microsoft’s history.

This year’s meeting of Microsoft sharesholders was the last with Steve Ballmer as CEO. It was somewhat unceremonious, until Microsoft Chairman and former CEO spoke and pointed out that Microsoft, in its 30-plus year existence, existence has only had two CEOs. Given the fleeting nature of the computing (for lack of a better word) industry is pretty remarkable. And for a moment Bill Gates choked up, but only for the briefest moment. Here are some pictures. Also worth noting and something I found a little amusing, given that it is Bill Gates, is that his notes were on paper, a personal preference I’m sure, but shouldn’t he use a Surface for such occasions. Here are some pictures from the meeting.

Photograph of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates takes out his notes before addressing shareholders during the Microsoft Shareholders Annual Meeting November 19, 2013 in Bellevue, Washington. Gates spoke about the search for the next CEO to replace current CEO Steve Ballmer.

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SEATTLE, WA - September 28, 2013: Stanford wide receiver Michael Rector, left, and running back Anthony Wilkerson celebrate a touchdown during play against Washington State at CenturyLink Field. Stanford won 55-17

SEATTLE, WA – September 28, 2013: Stanford wide receiver Michael Rector, left, and running back Anthony Wilkerson celebrate a touchdown during play against Washington State at CenturyLink Field. Stanford won 55-17

I photographed the game between Stanford and Washington State at CenturyLink Field. WSU stayed with Stanford for almost the first quarter. But Stanford ended up crushing WSU in the end 55-17. Lots of scoring made for some great photos. I also got to be in pretty good position when a defensive lineman returned an interception for a touchdown. The rain also made for a some nice frames. More photos after the break.

Stanford wide receiver Michael Rector makes a reception against against Washington State at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Saturday September 28, 2013.

Stanford wide receiver Michael Rector makes a reception against against Washington State at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Saturday September 28, 2013.

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Seattle Mariners stand on the field during a moment of silence for the team's majority owner, Hiroshi Yamauchi before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Seattle. Yamauchi died Thursday Sept. 23, 2013.

Seattle Mariners stand on the field during a moment of silence for the team’s majority owner, Hiroshi Yamauchi before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Seattle. Yamauchi died Thursday Sept. 23, 2013.

This was the first home game since the death of the Mariners majority owner Hiroshi Yamauch. There was a moment of silence for him prior the game. Yamauchi is highly regarded in Seattle for keeping the team here, when there were other interests in moving the teams. The Mariners responded by losing to the Royals, though it was a more exciting game than most I’ve photographed this season. More pictures after the break.

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez tags out Seattle Mariners base runner Kyle Seager at home plate when Seager tried to score on a sacrifice fly during the tenth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Seattle.

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez tags out Seattle Mariners base runner Kyle Seager at home plate when Seager tried to score on a sacrifice fly during the tenth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Seattle.

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON  - SEPTEMBER 17: A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner taxis after concluding its first flight September 17, 2013 at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. the 787-9 is twenty feet longer than the original 787-8, can carry more passengers and more fuel.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 17: A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner taxis after concluding its first flight September 17, 2013 at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. the 787-9 is twenty feet longer than the original 787-8, can carry more passengers and more fuel.

I photographed the first flight of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The 787-9 is 20 feet longer that the 787-8. It carries more fuel and and passeangers When the plane landed at Boeing Field in Seattle and was taxiing, I was trying to get a photo of the plane with the a cleaner background. I set my camera on the ground with my 70-200mm lens on it and tried to use ‘live view’ to frame up the shot, but really couldn’t see that well. And I wasn’t willing to my the sacrifice and lay down on wet asphault. I got lucky with the reflection in the above photo. More pictures after the break.

EVERETT, WASHINGTON  - SEPTEMBER 17: Flanked by a pair of chase planes a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner lifts off for its first flight September 17, 2013 at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The 787-9 twenty feet longer than the original 787, can carry more passengers and more fuel.

EVERETT, WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 17: Flanked by a pair of chase planes a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner lifts off for its first flight September 17, 2013 at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The 787-9 twenty feet longer than the original 787, can carry more passengers and more fuel.

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The first touchdown at the newly renovated stadium was scored by Bishop Sankey.

The first touchdown at the newly renovated stadium was scored by Bishop Sankey.

I photographed the first home game at the newly renovated Husky Stadium against Boise State. On the shore of Lake Washington Boise State was nationally ranked and UW was not. And it looked like it was going to be a long night when Boise State intercepted QB Keith Price on the first drive and proceeded to march down the field, but things turned around when UW was able to block a Boise State field goal (below). UW ended up routing Boise State More 38-6. More photos after the break.

The Huskies blocked a field goal by Boise State

The Huskies blocked a field goal by Boise State

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Photo of a crowd on a construction site

Members of the public tour look at the tunnel boring machine before ‘Bertha’s Pre-Bore Dedication Event’ in Seattle Saturday July 20, 2013.

What are all these people looking at? The Tunnel Boring Machine (below) or Bertha, as it was nicknamed, was dedicated last week. Name for Seattle’s first woman mayor Bertha Knight Landes, the machine will bore a 1.7 mile tunnel underneath Seattle over the next fifteen months. This will all replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which will be torn down and turned into public space. As part of the dedication event, the media got a tour of the machine in the pit before it made its way North. It truly is an amazing piece of machinery. More photos after the break.

Photo of a tunnel boring machine drill head

The tunnel boring machine head is pictured before ‘Bertha’s Pre-Bore Dedication Event’ in Seattle Saturday July 20, 2013.

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A photo of a collapsed bridge in near Mt. Vernon, Washington

A boat cruises past the scene of a bridge collapse on Interstate 5 May 23, 2013 near Mt. Vernon, Washington. 1-5 connects Seattle, Washington to Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

 

After day of photography, I was at home finishing up dinner and got a call from an editor that a bridge had collapsed on Interstate 5 near Mt. Vernon, Washington. I-5 is the only major highway between Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle. I arrived about 90 minutes after it happened and with the sun going down, I made these photos getting elevation from a nearby bridge that provided nice separation for the background. The emergency flood lights balanced well with the ambient light, which reflected nicely off the water. Fortunately, no one was injured seriously and the plan is to have a temporary structure in place in a few weeks, which is quite impressive. More photos after the break.

Photo of men standing atop a collapsed bridge near Mt. Vernon, Washington

Crews survey the scene of a bridge collapse on Interstate 5 May 23, 2013 near Mt. Vernon, Washington. I-5 connects Seattle, Washington to Vancouver B.C., Canada.

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