Laundry strung above Post Alley, Seattle

Laundry strung above Post Alley, Seattle

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What a surprise to stumble upon this scene in Post Alley, just one “street” up from the Pike Place Market in Seattle.  It immediately brought to mind the narrow streets of Europe’s old towns and the tenements of New York City, olden days when it would have been completely normal to see the family’s laundry strung on clotheslines that criss-crossed the street, out the apartment windows, high over the dank ground below.

The laundry was the background for Jacob Riis's famous photo, "Bandits' Roost, Lower East Side, NYC, 1888" (collection Museum of the City of New York)

The laundry was the background for Jacob Riis’s famous photo, “Bandits’ Roost, Lower East Side, NYC, 1888” (collection Museum of the City of New York)

I loved seeing the pegged clothes, all white for some reason, on high above one of the most heavily touristed Seattle areas.  I think this idea should spread.

Ink and watercolor sketch of hanging laundry

Ink and watercolor sketch of hanging laundry

The blue-ribbon days of summer!

Hydrangeas in blues and purples

A bush of blue hydrangeas

Garden art: blue plate in a garden gate

I love the blue stems of sea holly

Borage

Nothing but blue skies (Just kidding — this is Seattle, after all!)

Chihuly Garden and Glass sculpture brings this quote to life: “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” (Vincent Van Gogh)

Blue window trim, Post Alley

Love-in-a-mist

Sweet blueberries, just picked

Sandra Cintro’s Encontro das Aguas (Encounters with Water) at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle

Seattle’s Gum Wall

September 6, 2011

Gum wall in Post Alley, Pike Place Market

In all the years I’ve lived in Seattle, I had never been to this unique tourist attraction — the gum wall in the Pike Place Market.  You can find it in Post Alley down from the Information booth at the market.  It was an amazing site, and if you bring a wad of gum, you can contribute to its growing mass.  From now on, I’ll bring all of my out-of-town guests to see it.

The gum must be inches thick in some places.

Seattle icons, a ferry and the Spaceneedle, rendered in gum.

Preparing to make a new deposit.

Braiding blue gum for the wall

Young gum chewer and budding artist

Outdoor dining in Post Alley at the Pike Place Market

After enjoying lunch at Maximus-Minimus in downtown Seattle, I took a stroll through the Pike Place Market.  Here are some photos of my visit:

Vendor selling mini- Tom Thumb donuts

Flower stall with many varieties of vibrantly colored tulips

Flower vendor making up a bouquet

Painted table outside Three Sisters in Post Alley

Chef at Piroshky, Piroshky preparing a new batch for the oven.