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How do I have a clue this is so? Well, turn 180 degrees with me via the picture below and you will see the talisman it left behind in this street scene in the Wedgwood neighborhood.
No, that's not human landscaping in front of of two houses on this otherwise ordinary residential street in the Wedgwood neighborhood. That is Big Rock (called Wedgwood Rock by geologists), the second largest glacial erratic in Washington (the largest is in Coupeville on Widbey Island). It was left behind by Vashon Glacier thousands of years ago. The area around it was forested when it was a well known landmark to the native people. It stands 9 feet tall and over 75 feet in circumference. Boy Scouts, rock climbers and even famous mountaineers such as Jim Whittaker practiced their technical skills here decades ago; but, there has been a city ordinance against climbing on it since 1970. I was glad the woman in the blue coat walked by to help you get a sense of its scale. And yes, that is ice on the road and snow was falling when I shot this. For more photos from several angles around this rock, see my More Seattle Stuff page.