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Posted November 18, 2008
It's difficult to express the sheer beauty of these photographs, from ferry boats to Mt. Rainier, from sunset to sunrise, from the Seattle skyline to the Olympic Mountains. They are stunning. The accompanying text is somewhat lyrical in its approach, appropriate for the photographs. Anyone who is an aficionado of the Washington State Ferry System, or ferries in general, will love this book. You will spend hours with it. <BR/><BR/>However, the subtitle: 'On the Ferries of Puget Sound' is somewhat misleading. This book is almost exclusively about the Seattle to Bainbridge Island run. The few times we see a ferry headed for Bremerton or Vashon Island, it is from the deck of a Bainbridge ferry. We never see a ferry from Kingston to Edmonds, from Vashon to Tacoma, from Vashon to Southworth or Fauntleroy. Port Townsend to Keystone? Not there. Mulkiteo to Whidbey? Absent. Anacortes to the San Juans? Well, technically that's not really Puget Sound, so I guess you can get away with it. These other runs also have their beauty. What could be more beautiful than the winding passage past Manchester to Bremerton? What could be more challenging than a ferry attempting to get into the shallow bay and narrow passage at Keystone? <BR/><BR/>Certainly the Seattle to Bainbridge run is spectacular in its own right. It also gets the biggest and newest boats, the Supers and Jumbos--never the Klahowya or the Evergreen State. None of this takes away from the art of the photographs, but people expecting Crossings to be about more than Bainbridge to Seattle will be disappointed.
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