A complex system of drivers and mechanics and planners and builders move people to work and the doctor and to shopping every single day.
The rhythm of the routes and deliveries owns this place.
I took this one at 2:10 am.
I stood on the deck in the cold and the only sound I could hear were sea lions barking in the sound a half mile away.
The day of the eclipse it rained.
Looking north over Interstate-5, Seattle’s Columbia Center and Seattle Municipal Tower appear to stand watch over the white and windowless King County Jail. What you might not think about looking at this photo is that in the 1950′s before the freeway was built, this 7-block wide, 20-mile stretch of chaos was just another quiet part of the city with houses and schools and firestations; some that dated back to the 1800′s. Dividing the city in two, I-5 forever altered the pedestrian nature and community feel of these estranged Seattle sectors.
I drive down Yesler Way once or twice a month and when I see this it makes me smile and sends me into a historical mind-trip. The Frye Hotel in the center was opened in 1911 and was once considered the finest hotel in Seattle. The Smith Tower, dominating on the right; opened in 1914. Built by the son of the typewriter magnate, it was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi and still employs human elevator-operators. Continuing down this hill drops you into Pioneer Square, where the Denny Party eventually founded Seattle in 1852 after a hard winter on Alki Point across Elliott Bay.
Through the gap of the football stadium the arches of Safeco Field’s retractable roof can be seen, protecting the opening day crowd.
Looking across Juanita Bay today from the east side of Lake Washington you can see north Seattle (in the sun, on the left). In the early 1800′s the shores of this lake were quietly occupied by various bands of today’s Duwamish tribe. In 1851 Seattle was founded (by others) and by the early 1900′s areas like Juanita, on the outskirts of Seattle, served to provide various resources for the growing city. The pilings you see in this photo are from a City of Seattle wharf used 100 years ago to load sand and gravel onto barges headed for the city. Around 1915, an incredible feat of engineering was completed linking Lake Washington with nearby Lake Union (through the Montlake Cut), and then ultimately to Puget Sound (via the Ballard Locks). This connection was an economic boon for the region however it lowered the level of Lake Washington nearly 8 feet. The resulting shallow waters of Juanita Bay prevented barge access, resulting in an obsolete and abandoned gravel wharf.
About a mile and a half from our home is this beach. There is a large community center where weddings and other events are regularly held. Last Sunday Lisa and I walked there and saw this couple and their entourage preparing for their big day. Sweaty uncomfortable dudes smoking cigarettes in tuxedos stood outside the building waiting for their photo op while the bride and groom had their moment on the beach. We walked out to the water, turned around and saw this. Nice.