Ahoy there!

The last few weeks seemed to be a string of mechanical failures: from the car to multiple doctor visits by two members of the family, one also kind of caused by the car. (Annual reminder: the one time you don’t tell your kid to watch their fingers when shutting the car door will be the one time you need to rush them to the ER for X-rays. Nothing was broken, but it was still a very traumatic, expensive lesson.)

Thanks to my co-parent’s brother, the car/ a.k.a. “finger smasher” is working again. In an attempt to take a break from the chaos while also doing research for a few projects, I signed us up for a family trek on the Lady Washington.

Lady Washington docked in Tacoma. 6/25/2021. Photo by Suzanne Skaar. All rights reserved.

This was the second time I have ever been on this ship. The first was during a Nisqually Middle School oceanography field trip to look for whales. I didn’t see any. As I recall, the trio of nerds of which I was a part spent much of the day struggling with sunburns and motion sickness. It was still such a cool experience, so when I found out the ship was docked in Tacoma, I wanted to share it with my daughter.

My child threatening a random insect by the waterfront: 6/25/2021. Posted here with her permission. Photo by Suzanne Skaar. All rights reserved.

We didn’t tell her where we were going, but when she figured it out, she was excited, too. I came prepared with an OTC children’s motion sickness med, which she and her dad decided to take just in case. I also loaded my camera bag with snacks and cans of 7-Up. Although the ship didn’t leave Commencement Bay, the little one had a rough time up until right before came back to the dock. So in essence, I did share my experience with her, but not in the way I had hoped.

My child on the Lady Washington, June 2021: posted here with her permission. Photo by Suzanne Skaar. All rights reserved.

I need to accept that our Scandinavian ancestors were most likely landlocked farmers and not fearsome, seafaring Vikings.

Concept illustration of what the artist’s great-grandparents’ journey from Norway could have looked like, originally included in April 2019 Tripod Series slideshow presentation by Suzanne Skaar, 2019. All rights reserved.

The crew did their best to help make kiddo feel better and recommended hanging out in the back close to where the Captain was stationed in order to not minimize her seasickness.

Lady Washington Crew: 6/25/2021. Photo by Suzanne Skaar. All rights reserved.
The Captain of Lady Washington. 6/25/2021. Photo by Suzanne Skaar. All rights reserved.

In between juggling parenting duties and documenting the experience, the outing was a great chance to learn about history,

History Talk on the Lady Washington: 6/25/2021. Photo by Suzanne Skaar. All rights reserved.

enjoy the sea and the sun before the Pacific Northwest heatwave hit,

Bell on Lady Washington. 6/25/2021. Photo by Suzanne Skaar. All rights reserved.

and look at our city from a different perspective.

Tacoma Marina. 6/25/2021. Photo by Suzanne Skaar. All rights reserved.

Kiddo said she enjoyed our day despite not feeling well, but our next adventure will be on a much smaller vessel: like a pedal boat.

Springtime

While gathering reference shots in South Tacoma for my game’s environmental design, I caught this little one pulling blossoms off a cherry tree and chucking them at the sidewalk.

Bird in cherry tree. Photo by Suzanne Skaar, 2021. All rights reserved.

Tacoma on a Gray Day

I took advantage of yesterday’s moody weather to shoot photos in downtown Tacoma.

Here’s a selection.

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East 21st Street Bridge, Tacoma. Photograph. Suzanne Skaar. 2019. All rights reserved.

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Tacoma rail yard. Photograph. Suzanne Skaar. 2019. All rights reserved.

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Last of the leaves on a tree. Photograph. Suzanne Skaar. 2019. All rights reserved.

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Tacoma Glass Museum and Downtown Marina. Photograph. Suzanne Skaar. 2019. All rights reserved.

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View from under the Glass Bridge, downtown Tacoma. Photograph. Suzanne Skaar. 2019. All rights reserved.

I’ll post more later. Stay warm.

Suzanne

Flash Mob

In January of this year, I got back into Argentine Tango classes at Tacoma’s Studio 6 Ballroom. As a result, I have had the chance to meet and learn from some really awesome dancers. Last Saturday, I tagged along and documented the West Coast Swing dance students and coaches preparing for then doing flash mobs all over Tacoma.

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September 2019 Flash Mob

Studio 6 dancers
September 2019 Flash Mob

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Dancers at Studio 6 Ballroom in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

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Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob on a roof top overlooking the water in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

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Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob on a roof top overlooking the water in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

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Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob on a roof top overlooking the water in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

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Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the KNKX grand opening in the Broadway District — Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

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Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the KNKX grand opening in the Broadway District — Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

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Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the Glass Museum in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

Studio 6 September 2019 Flash Mob
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the Glass Museum in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

Thank you, Natasha Thayer (and crew), for making this event happen and for the invitation! It was a fun day, and I now permanently have the following song seared into my brain.

If you’re up for something new, check out their classes! For more of my photos, click here.

 

Happy Friday!

Suzanne

 

 

Hat and Boots

Never underestimate the power of a favorite hat and boots, even when it’s approaching summer. My kid’s fashion is on point.

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Isobel on a mission. Suzanne Skaar, 2019.

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My hat looks way better on her. I’m okay with this. Suzanne Skaar 2019.

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Playing in the rhodies at Wapato Lake. Suzanne Skaar 2019.

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Isobel gathered fallen flowers and brought them across the field one at a time. Suzanne Skaar. 2019

I think I’ve spent enough time on the computer today. Time to go play outside. If you’re reading this, I hope you take the time today to go do the same.

 

Cheers,

 

Suzanne

Photography

Despite studying photography as an Evergreen undergrad, and documenting many of my adventures around the globe, I am just now starting to update my portfolio and get back into taking pictures regularly. Click on the link above for a quick glimpse into some of my work. This page (like my work) will evolve with time.

Cheers!

Suzanne Skaar

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