Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Seeing Green in the Emerald City


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Seattle loves St. Patrick's day and paints 4th Avenue green for a parade on the weekend, and lots of green beer specials can be enjoyed in all corners of town. Green is a predominant color in the pillars and lamps of the Emerald city's Pike Place Market (I think it's actually Nile Green, popular in the 30s, 40s, and 50s). And that's a genuine Irishman there in the background. He's a photo enthusiast and construction business manager named Derry that I met by chance when he was staying at a hostel on holiday here last July and and exploring Seattle with his camera. Here he was taking some shots of West Seattle through the window in a PPM day stall gallery after hours. He and I and a guy named John from California ended up on a photowalk together after all three of us arrived late for a Thomas Hawk walkabout with Seattle Flickerites. We never did catch up with the large TH group who had boarded a water taxi and gone to West Seattle, but we did our own exploring downtown and on the waterfront and talked photos and gear. John departed at about 8:00 PM to drive to Mt. Rainier so he could get some sunrise shots next morning before heading back to Cali. Derry and I caught a late dinner at Kells in Post Alley (sure to be crowded tonight!) and had fun talking current events and international politics with a couple recently back from the Middle East. Afterward we were walking back through Belltown when a group of slightly inebriated 20 somethings saw our cameras and stopped us to ask Derry to take a photo of them in front of a particular shop window. He gladly agreed thinking it was a typical tourist photo request. Then all six of the men and women proceeded to drop their pants and moon the shop (apparently they were expressing a grievance of some kind). I don't know how Derry held their little point and shoot still enough to get the shot, cuz we were cracking up while this brief impromptu "shoot the moon" went on. The group calmly zipped up, took back their camera, thanked us and walked away down the sidewalk. We laughed so hard. Something about hanging out with the Irish while they're traveling seems to bring about uncommon adventures! So, happy St. Patrick's Day to those celebrating today. Hope it's a lucky day for you!

12 comments:

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

Wow !!! I love everything in this photo but what makes it stunning is the contraposition between green and blue :-)

brattcat said...

Thanks for sharing this piece of the green. Great story. Fantastic shot.

Steffe said...

Ha ha, fun story,I wonder if that photo can be find online somewhere?

Small City Scenes said...

Happy St. Paddy's to you Kim. Yep, it always has been a big deal in Seattle. don't forget to wear green today. MB

Shell Sherree said...

I look at those colours and see the Seventies. I'm sure we had them in our home somewhere ... together with orange. 'Tis a beguiling story you tell, dear Kim! Happy St Patrick's Day, to be sure.

Chuck Pefley said...

Ah, Kells will be crazy crowded today. Fun adventure story LOL!

Regarding PeFFley, your informant is correct. Pfeffle, Pfeffley, Peffley and Pefley ... all derivatives and relatives of Jakob Pfeffley, a German imigrant in the 1500's.

You do find some of the most interesting conversations LOL!!

Bath Daily Photo Blog said...

Loving your Seattle photos, had no idea it was this great! (but we do live in a backwater in the UK!) We have favourited (if that is a word?) on our blog!

cieldequimper said...

Happy Saint Patrick's day!

Haitian-American Family of Three said...

What a great photo, I love the colors and softness. Happy St. Patrick's day!

Virginia said...

Gorgeous colors Kim!
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Taru said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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