January, the Hardest Month

January 13, 2016

Foggy winter morning at Green Lake

Foggy winter morning at Green Lake

“Is not January the hardest month to get through?  When you have weathered that, you get into the gulf stream of winter, nearer the shore of spring.”
—  Henry David Thoreau, from Winter:  The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 8, February 2, 1854

 

Memorial Day

May 26, 2014

 

A Memorial Day display at Green Lake

A Memorial Day display at Green Lake

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I love how someone’s private memorial is shared in a public space like this bench along Green Lake in Seattle.  This appeared in the early morning hours of the Memorial Day holiday.  I wonder what it means to its creator(s)?

 

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

The grounds and plantings at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden were so beautiful, I thought I’d share a few more photos from my visit:

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons

Rhododendron leaves

Rhododendron leaves

Double-link viburnum

Double-link viburnum

Garden bench under the viburnum blossoms

Garden bench under the viburnum blossoms

Rhododendron orbiculare

Rhododendron orbiculare

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Frosty benches at Green Lake

Frosty benches at Green Lake

“With frost again the thought is clear and wise
that rain made dismal with a mist’s despair,
the raw bleak earth beneath cloud-narrowed skies
finds new horizons in the naked air.
Light leaps along the lashes of the eyes;
a tree is truer for its being bare.
“So must the world seem keen and very bright
to one whose gaze is on the end of things,
who knows, past summer lush, brimmed autumn’s height,
no promise in the inevitable springs,
all stripped of shadow down to the bone of light,
the false songs gone and gone the restless wings.”
— John Hewitt, from The Poems of John Hewitt
from the blog Ancedotal Evidence

Spaceneedle on the horizon across Green Lake

Spring has sprung around Green Lake, and the sights from the walking path around the lake are just lovely.  Warmer weather brings more people out to our cherished city park.

Beds of long-blooming daffodils separate a parking lot from the lake path

Green Lake tree (photo with Orton-ish effect)

Cherry blossoms, Green Lake (photo with Holga-ish and HDR-ish effects)

Cherry blossoms at Green Lake (photo with Holga-ish and HDR-ish effects)

Park bench along the lakeside path, Green Lake

Victorian home overlooking the lake along Green Lake Way

Victorian house with Lomo-ish effect

Looking into the canopy, Green Lake (photo with Holga-ish effect)

Landscaped yard on a residential street I pass on my way home from Green Lake (photo with Orton-ish effect)

Here are some photos from a foggy December morning at Green Lake.  The obscured details make the images into silhouettes.

A pair of benches

Dog walker in the fog

Walking the dog on a foggy morning at Green Lake

Jogger on the lake path

Roosting crows

Frosty dock

Late sunrise in the fog