Cloud Cover

March 6, 2013

"Cloud Cover" by Teresita Fernandez, Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park

“Cloud Cover” by Teresita Fernandez, Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park

I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers,
From the seas and the streams;
I bear light shade for the leaves when laid
In their noonday dreams.
From my wings are shaken the dews that waken
The sweet buds every one,
When rocked to rest on their mother’s breast,
As she dances about the sun.
I wield the flail of the lashing hail,
And whiten the green plains under,
And then again I dissolve it in rain,
And laugh as I pass in thunder.”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, from “The Cloud”

We have so much natural cloud cover in Seattle, it seems fitting that one of the installations at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park is called “Cloud Cover,” a walkway with laminated and colored glass.  I like the overlay of images as I take in the views through the colored panels.  The shifting light offers different views of our urban scene.

"Cloud Cover" with Spaceneedle

“Cloud Cover” with Spaceneedle

"Cloud Cover" with Seattle's Big Wheel

“Cloud Cover” with Seattle’s Big Wheel

Apartment building through "Cloud Cover"

Apartment building through “Cloud Cover”

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)

“I have never found a city without its walkers’ rewards.”
— John Finley, “Traveling Afoot”

Common sight on urban walks, waiting for the walking sign

I so enjoyed my first long urban hike across the I-90 floating bridge (see yesterday’s post), that I’ve planned several more.

I set out on my second long walk, a journey of 8-1/2 miles, from my home to the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.  I hiked 3-1/2 hours, including stops for photos and coffee and a picnic breakfast, along a route with scenic trails.  Here are some highlights:

6:00 a.m. on the path at Green Lake: notice my long shadow in the early morning light

Summer morning at Green Lake

First stop: the Woodland Park Rose Garden at 50th & Fremont Ave N (unfortunately, the gates did not open until 7 a.m.)

I could still enjoy the roses viewed through my zoom lens!

Tree-lined walk down Fremont Avenue N

Waiting for the Interurban sculpture at Fremont & N 34th Streets. It's a Seattle tradition to decorate these statues.

Trees line the Ship Canal between the locks and Lake Union. My walk took me along the Ship Canal Trail.

Rowers on the Ship Canal

I crossed over the train tracks on W Dravus Street after stopping for coffee at Starbucks.

Mount Rainier seen from the Elliott Bay Trail

I took a short detour off the trail to check out the Amgen Helix Bridge.

The Amgen Helix Bridge is a pedestrian bridge to the Amgen campus.

Looking across Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains from the Elliott Bay Trail

Totem pole along the Elliott Bay Trail

Small rose garden along the trail, with Spaceneedle in the background

Lovely yellow roses

The trail runs along the Olympic Sculpture Park.

I walked along Seattle's waterfront to the Hill Climb to the Pike Place Market.

Flower vendor at the Pike Place Market

Truck at the Pike Place Market

More Winter Than We Need

January 30, 2011

Spaceneedle emerging from the morning fog

“There seems to be so much more winter than we need this year.”
     — Kathleen Norris

“Winter lies too long in country towns, hangs on until it is shabby and old and sullen.”
     — Willa Cather, My Antonia

Winter hangs on too long in cities, too!

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.