Local photographer Gerald Wiley

Now through September

I am a Washington state native, born in Sunnyside. Our family moved often to different towns in eastern Washington. Part of those years were spent living on a farm where I developed a love of animals. During my teenage years I had some interest in photography having a darkroom for developing and printing black and white photographs. After graduating from high school I joined the Navy attempting to become a photographer. Unfortunately, I was trained in the rate of Intelligence Specialist, where I analyzed photos taken of Soviet vessels and of merchant shipping in Asia. Looked at lots of photography but none taken by me.

After my Navy years I found employment with the Postal Service and have worked there for over 30 years. I pursued other hobbies and except for the occasional vacation, put my interest in photography on hold. Approximately seven years ago my wife asked if I could take some pictures of our cats. I purchased a pocket sized 6 megapixel camera and my interest in taking pictures was reborn. Years and several better cameras later I am an avid photographer who almost always carries a camera and takes lots of photos. My favorite subject is still animals although I will capture images of anything that catches my interest.

I enjoy taking photos for other people, who seem to like my work, and as I am nearing retirement hope to devote more time in that endeavor. I especially like taking pictures of people with their pets.

Visit Gerald's photostream on Flickr

Hounds on the Hill Charity Dog Walk & Street Fair

Bradley Lake Park, Puyallup

Saturday, August 23rd

Hounds on the Hill will benefit Puyallup Parks and Recreation and Puyallup South Hill Rotary. More info here. This is a family friendly event, there will be vendors, dog contests, face painting, a raffle, demonstrations and more!

Pooch Pool Party hosted by Metro Parks Tacoma

Dogs rule the pool at the Pooch Pool Party!

Dog owners can treat their furry friends to a swim in Stewart Heights Pool from 10 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday, September 6. 

  • Session 1: 10-11:30am
  • Session 2: 12-1:30 pm

$10 first dog, $5 the second, humans are free

Tickets are available at the door. (No advance ticket sales). Approximately 125-150 dogs will be allowed during each session.

Stewart Heights Pool, 402 E 56th St., Tacoma

Visit Metro Parks Tacoma for details

Tacoma's Farmers Markets

6th Avenue

Now through September, Tuesdays 3-7pm


Now through October, Thursdays 10am-3pm


Saturdays 9am-2pm

South Tacoma

Now through September, Sundays 11am-3pm