Crossings: On the Ferries of Puget Soundby Michael Diehl
Seattle's ferries handle about 24 million passenger trips each year - the ferry system provides both/i>
Crossings portrays the vibrant experience of traveling on the ferries of Puget Sound. The book weaves together factual information, images, and insights gathered during more than two years, presented in 304 pages with more than 375 original photographs.
Seattle's ferries handle about 24 million passenger trips each year - the ferry system provides both a commuter transit service and an adventurous outing. A voyage across the Sound can offer spectacular views of the Seattle skyline to the east, wooded shorelines to the west, and an ever-changing interplay of light and color created by the skies and water. Around the Sound tower the Olympics Range, the rugged Cascades, and Mount Rainier.
Crossings enhances the experience of a transit across the Sound both for area residents who ride the ferries frequently and for visitors who wish to remember their own voyage.
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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.
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?
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.
This book is stunning on many levels. The photographs are gorgeous and displayed to great effect because of the high-quality paper and reproduction. I've been riding the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry for almost 15 years and the photographs fully capture the glory of this unique passage, the effect of the changes of season, and the often subtle alterations produced by changes of light even in the course of a single day. The photos reflect a true artist's eye. The layout and juxtaposition of the photos throughout the book also show great care, thoughtfulness, and creativity, enhancing the stand-alone beauty of the individual photos. And the text -- a combination of fascinating facts about the ferries and the Sound and eloquent meditations -- rivals the photography in beauty and emotional power. Whether or not you have ever lived in or visited this part of Puget Sound, this is a book that deserves to be read and viewed.
I have to comment that 'm mystified by the quibbles of a previous reviewer. Yes, this book is about the Bainbridge-Seattle passage, which is the route traveled by the vast majority of riders on the Washington State Ferries and visually the most spectacular, and yes, there is more to the ferry system as a whole than the Bainbridge-Seattle route. But I don't think anyone who reads about the book would be misled, or in the least bit disappointed with what they would find between the covers. Undoubtedly, there are fascinations about the other routes in the system that might be good subjects for another book, but that doesn't detract in the slightest from the marvels of this one. We are lucky to have it.