Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dead Man Walking

Dead man walking by Seattle Daily Photo
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I saw this sticker art awhile back on a Capitol Hill pedestrian sign. Makes me think of how much I wish all the political despots and heavy-handed governments of the world would just get outta Dodge and leave common humanity alone.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Olympic Iliad

IMG_8677 by Seattle Daily Photo
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Alexander Liberman's bright red mammoth 1984 sculpture Olympic Iliad seemed a good candidate for today's photo with the 2014 Winter Olympic games winding down in Sochi. 1984's summer games were held on the west coast in Los Angeles the year this sculpture was installed at Seattle Center.  I don't know if that's what Lieberman had in mind for the title of this, his largest piece, or if it is a reference to the nearby mountain chain or to Greece. Liberman was born in Kiev, Ukraine, went to boarding school in London and was raised in Paris. He was a designer and art director at many publications and for 50 years was an editor at Cond√© Nast.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

All Blues

All Blues by Seattle Daily Photo
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Sunset reflection on the blue portion of Frank Gahry's flowing "melting guitar" design of the Experience Music Project's exterior at Seattle Center.The lanky image of the Space Needle is reflected in the shiny blue shingles. I'm kinda blue, and this image helps me reflect about a longtime friend who passed away this week, way too young. Dang cancer. He was 6 foot 4 inches tall and such a caring, wonderful man. He made a large, loving and lasting impression on all who knew and loved him, despite his sun setting so early on a winter day. So long, sweet Mayor of Curtis Street, it's been good to know you.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

More

More by Seattle Daily Photo
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I was heading down the stairs of the north base of the Fremont Bridge to the foot and bike path below when I noticed someone's comment written on the mossy structure. What do you think when you see, "More," written there? I walked away thinking of the lyrics to an old song, More Not More, by Canadian Bruce Cockburn. Off in the distance across the ship canal you can see a boat and floating home marina.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

History House

History House by Seattle Daily Photo
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Under the shadow of the Aurora Bridge in Fremont is History House. The whimsical metal work fencing and gate that surrounds it is inviting. Can you see a Humpty Dumpty figure holding the Fremont rocket and a salmon? From the funky Fremont troll model flying on a wall in the courtyard to detailed histories of each of Seattle's distinct neighborhoods, there's a lot to keep one interested and informed. Right now, "Current exhibits feature pictorial histories of the Wallingford, Georgetown, Madison Park, Fremont, Queen Anne and Ballard neighborhoods. We are also showing histories of the Woodland Park Zoo, Ross School, the Great Northern Railroad, and B.F.Day School. A special exhibit, created through a collaboration between the U.S. Corps of Engineers and History House, presents a step-by-step pictorial history of the construction of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks."

Monday, February 17, 2014

Seattlite Monday #7

Seattlite Monday #7 by Seattle Daily Photo
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This scene unfolded in a Cupcake Royale on a Valentine's Day Evening as I was sipping my coffee. Six or seven women came in together, each dressed to the nines in party attire. This lovely photographer among them started snapping photos of her companions. It's the seventh in a little Monday series of candids featuring Seattlites in their environs, and also adds to my long-running series called "shoot the photographer."

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Interesting Building

Interesting Building by Seattle Daily Photo
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Not quite a flatiron, maybe a boomerang shape? Whatever architectural shape it is, this building makes up its own little island in a sea of diagonal intersections and curving streets. I saw this unique corner looking down from the observation deck of Smith Tower in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. A lone seagull soars over the scene.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Heading For the Bridge

Heading For the Bridge by Seattle Daily Photo
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The scene from the Ballard Bridge while waiting for a boat to pass.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Snowy Seattle Valentine

Snowy Valentine by Seattle Daily Photo
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There is a house on Queen Anne Hill that always has elaborate Valentine's Day yard and window decorations. I showed you a night photo of the place a few years back. I happened to pass by it on last weekend's snowy day and just had to stop and take a few iPhone shots. The across the street neighbor appears to be getting into the spirit of things, too, and has decorated a bush in the parking strip with pink and red circlets.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Begonia Dreams

Begonia Dreams by Seattle Daily Photo
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Bright hot pink begonias enjoy the steamy interior of the West Greenhouse behind the Conservatory at Volunteer Park on a cold winter day. This is a view most visitors don't see. This greenhouse forms the physical boundary between Lake View Cemetery and the main Conservatory buildings. Seattle's Volunteer Park Conservatory is 102 years old. It's plant collections are claimed to be more rich an varied than any other on the west coast. Below is a view of the Conservatory's front and the statue of Seward that stands in the circular drive.


Seward's Monument at the Conservatory

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Outside Gallery 9

Outside Gallery 9 by Seattle Daily Photo
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Rainy day sidewalk scene from a day trip to Port Townsend, a charming community just a ferry ride and short drive north of Seattle. I loved seeing these folks just stopping and conversing on the street. You may remember a shot I took awhile back of a couple who own their fishing boat and who bicycle on custom working cycles with their line caught, flash frozen catch from Port Townsend via ferry to sell their salmon at the Ballard Farmers market in Seattle. There's a real sense of community among the people in Port Townsend that comes through even on the streets.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

ID Evening Pedestrians

IMG_9510 by Seattle Daily Photo
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The King Street Station clock tower looks out over this pedestrian scene in the International District. I took these the day after Lunar New Year after festivities were over. Restaurants and cafes like Piece of Cake and the Purple Dot were packed, but the streets were starting to look a little lonely.

IMG_9505Too Much New Year Fun
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