Space Needle Photos @ Kerry Park in Seattle

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I took this picture at Kerry Park in Seattle.  There are a few others on my flickr set Seattle Skyline. Kerry Park is one of my favorite photo spots in Seattle because it has a great view of the Space Needle and the Puget Sound with plenty of room to take pictures. The park is located on West Highland Drive, Seattle, WA between 2nd Ave W and 3rd Ave W. To get there simply go up (North) on Queen Anne Ave N and take a left on Highland Drive which is about half way up the hill. Be prepared with a jacket or other warm garment because the park is fairly exposed and can get quite cold at night. The great view is also great for dates so you had better be prepared to deal with some PDA. Small price to pay for such great shots.

There is usually parking on the street with people coming and going frequently. I’ve been there many times and never had an issue with parking, sometimes you will need to wait a few minutes for someone to leave, however.

In the winter of 2012 some adventurous skiers decided to create a ski jump to drop the Kerry Park ledge. To get speed they got toed by an SUV. I thought it was interesting so i’m sharing the video:

Adding Flickr Photostream Widget to WordPress (RSS Missing/Broken)

My Goal

The new Flickr interface is sweet and I can’t really complain about 1TB of free storage.  I wanted to add my photostream to my WordPress blog at mikekennewick.wordpress.com by enabling the Flickr Widget which requires your Flickr RSS feed URL.  Check.

I Couldn’t Find RSS in New Flickr Interface

If you are having trouble figuring out how to get the RSS feed for Flickr you are not alone.   I spent 10 minutes hunting around for a little orange RSS icon that is nowhere in the new interface.  Even after Googling I couldn’t easily find it.  Eventually dug into the page source.  I right clicked on the page at  http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikekennewick/ and clicked view source.  Then searched for RSS.  Interestingly in the header there is a link to the photostream RSS feed:

<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”Flickr: Your Photostream RSS feed” href=”/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id=94802687@N06&amp;lang=Array[intl_lang]&amp;format=rss_200“>

I pasted it into the browser with the root Flickr page and to my surprise it worked: http://www.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id=94802687@N06&amp;lang=Array[intl_lang]&amp;format=rss_200

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If you want to get your RSS Feed you will need to know your ID, you can either get from source or use this service and type in your photostream URL: http://idgettr.com/  when I did this it returnedidGettr

If you want your RSS URL simply take the below URL and replace {InsertYourIDHere} with your ID.

http://www.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id={InsertYourIDHere}&lang=Array[intl_lang]&format=rss_200

My WordPress Blog with Flickr Widget

After finding and pasting the right URL and enabling the Flickr Widget it worked!  Check it out below.

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Eventually I Found RSS Feed but its broken

Later I did find an RSS feed conveniently hidden under You -> Recent Activity.  However at the time of this post it appears to be broken and is pointing to a different URL.

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http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/activity/all?user_id=94802687@N06&secret=lIF0Yf%2B1JRZcDmvYKpj7aNPcaDY%3D&lang=en-us&format=rss_200

Its likely a bug and will hopefully be fixed soon.  You can contact me at mikekennewick.com or @mikekennewick if you need any help getting this working.