Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ramp to Nowhere


Ramp to Nowhere
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There is a park in the Montlake neighborhood that wanders through an abandoned half-finished maze of on- and off ramps to the 520 freeway and floating bridge. You can read here about how the neighborhood fought and voters finally scrapped this project mid-build in the 70s. The area is adjacent to the Arboretum and the park is mainly traversed by runners and walkers of dogs on land, and kayaks and cones on water. If you look on a Google Earth map at these structures from above, you can tell the unused roadways from the used by the huge paintings and graffiti visible on the pavement in sat photos and the abrupt unfinished ends of ramps to nowhere. It was raining when I went for a walk there, and I liked the brooding light, colors, and curving reflections of the structures.

16 comments:

brattcat said...

Yes, this makes an intriguing composition. In addition to the very noir feel you've caught here, there's that rectangular thingy that appears to be a window in the sky. Fascinating.

Gwyn said...

Wow, who would have thought that on and off ramps could look so beautiful. Love the reflection. Love the bit of green emerging from the earth too.

lewi14 said...

It's an impressive photo. Wonderful lights. By the way: I have given you an award on March 10, 2010! Please stop by my blog (stuttgart-daily-photo.blogspot.com) to receive it. Greetings.

Wayne said...

I don't know if it's the same ramp or if Seattle built more than one truncated freeway ramp. For years there was a ramp visible on the east side of I-5 that climbed steeply and stopped in mid air. I'm thinking back a lot of years, I don't remember exactly where it was.

I'm pretty sure it was Seattle but after so many trips over so many years down I-5 I could be confusing Seattle and Portland.

Kim said...

Brattcat, your powers of observation never cease to amaze me. You are in good company with Nathalie and Jilly in that you really seem to look closely at all elements of an image. Thanks for that!

Gwyn, it is strange, and despite the incursion into the natural beauty, nature seems to make the most of the pairing :-).

Lewi14, you are too kind. Thank you very much for such a lovely gesture! Right back atcha!

Wayne, The structure you describe is maybe 100 yards from these, so this is the place you've seen from I-5. I kinda like the Google maps view, which shows the whole layout.
-Kim

Stacey Dawn at "Addicted to The Click" said...

Very nice perspective on this...

Small City Scenes said...

An interesting place. I have walked around there and kayaked too. although the kayaking was a long time ago.

About the whales. The Grays have been seen already in Saratoga Passage which runs up by Langley and Grays have been seen at Langley already. They are about 1 month early.
There was a siting of Orca this past week by West Seattle. % Orca in all.

I don't think what we see by the small boat are whales. But who knows. MB

Pam said...

Kim, thanks for checking out my Downey Daily blog. I have friends and co-workers in the Seattle area, so I'm really enjoying checking out yours. And, I love your photos! Great color, perspective, and variety. Looking forward to much more.

By the way, I like how you handle the overflow of pictures. Good idea!

Marina T. said...

I love this one. It's beautiful.

Don and Krise said...

Great tones and reflections here Kim. This really came out nice.

Carolyn said...

Lovely range of tones and composition balance. Is this related to the "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska?

Bibi said...

This is a stunning shot. Odd that the builders weren't obliged to take down the structures. Way outside of Belgrade off the highway there is a section of highway off to one side that leads....nowhere. It's elevated, too, and kind of surreal. I must remember that when up that way again,and when the lighting is good!

Andie said...
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Andie said...

you are genius!! well photographed! i love this pic!

T. Becque said...

You've got great graphics in your photos! I'm very drawn to shapes, lines, colors, moods too, and your photos are lovely. I've really enjoyed looking at your blog.

Jim&Nicol said...

I'm out East now, in NH -- but when living in Seattle, friends and I would kayak through this area, noting a particular piling that could be climbed using climbing holds someone had bolted on. Thank you so much for all the memories your photos bring to me!