Old trees, Volunteer Park, Seattle

Old trees, Volunteer Park, Seattle

One of the pleasures of having out-of-town guests is that you get to re-visit your favorite spots while you give them an insider’s view of your home town.  Volunteer Park in Seattle is one such place.  The rhododendrons were in bloom on this most recent visit, and the stately old trees stood in green grandeur.

The rhododendron is the official state flower for Washington

The rhododendron is the official state flower for Washington

Old cedar tree

Old cedar tree

Under the canopy of a horse chestnut tree

Under the canopy of a horse chestnut tree

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My niece in the donut hole of Isamu Noguchi's sculpture, "Black Sun," in Volunteer Park

My niece in the donut hole of Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture, “Black Sun,” in Volunteer Park

Early Sunsets

December 10, 2009

Spaceneedle framed in Black Sun sculpture, Volunteer Park

Black Sun by Isamu Noguchi, Seattle

Watching the sunset from Volunteer Park, Seattle

Spaceneedle through the donut hole of the Black Sun

Flaming sky at sunset, December 9th

Sunset was at 4:18 p.m. yesterday.  I was returning home from grocery shopping and decided to bypass my regular exit and drive to Volunteer Park to watch the sunset.  It had been a clear, cold day — the high temperature was only 34 degrees!  How glad I am that I took the time to savor the splendid setting of the sun behind the Olympic Mountains!  The Black Sun sculpture by Isamu Noguchi provided a dramatic point of view from which to enjoy the colorful spectacle.