Commencement Bay
Commencement Bay
Watercolor
Lane Landry

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This view of Commencement Bay is from Gig Harbor overlooking the southern mouth of Colvos Passage, which is the body of water between Vashon Island and the Kitsap Peninsula. Did you know that the passage was named by Wilkes for Midshipman George W. Colvocoressis but was shortened to Colvos for the official charts? Anyway, I was intrigued with the contrast of the early morning light illuminating the fog-shrouded Mt. Rainier in the background and the very dark west side of Vashon Island in the foreground. The lights in the distance look to be in and around the Tacoma Steam Plant, which generates electricity by burning solid wastes. The constant steam is more noticeable in the cool air of early morning.