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The beautiful Pacific NorthWest

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Bring your camera. Seattle plays like a seasoned musician.....
when she's on, she's really ON.

With a little help from Mother Nature in the weather department Seattle and PNW in general can be one of the most gorgeous places in America.

The occasional rain only makes it more beautiful when it stops and the light comes up.

Picture top/right: A gull flying over Elliott Bay in front of the Olympic range shot from window of my hotel room.

Fondest memory If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I could surely do worse than come back as this little guy in the pic.

For a soundtrack, if you ever get a chance, give a listen to one of my favorite singers, Candy Givens from Zephyr sing the song "High Flyin' Bird" on their album Sunset Ride

(You can hear a little piece of it at the "Sunset Ride" link above ... scroll down and click on "high flying bird")

We all miss you Candy

♫♫ There's a high-flyin' bird, way up in the sky
and I wonder does he look down
as he flies on by
Flyin' so easy... way up in the sky...

Lord look at me here
I'm just rooted like a tree here
Got those sit down, can't cry
Oh Lord gonna' die blues ♫♫
© Billy Edd Wheeler

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Aug 27, 2010

Seattle from Space

Favorite thing What does it look like right now?
Space Needle Webcam

What's the weather gonna' be like when I get there tomorrow?
Seattle Weather Forecast

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Mar 05, 2009

Putting things in Perspective

Favorite thing Most of the time Mt. Rainier is hazed/ fogged out or behind low clouds so you can't see it.
Every once in a while things clear up and we get lucky enough to see how huge and potentially powerful it really is.

As people we build these big beautiful cities with all creature comforts and I wonder if (without trying to be all cosmic and sanctimonious) sometimes maybe we forget or overestimate our place in all of this.

(There was no editing of this foto, Mt. Rainier really looks this big & beautiful when it is visible and you are north of the city on the Kingston ferry)

Fondest memory In July 2001 my buddy Dwight and I were taking the ferry across the sound from Kingston to Edmonds, when looking south towards Seattle we saw this. Luckily Dwight had his little digital camera with him.

When I see Mt. Rainier like this with Seattle in the foreground it kind of puts things in perspective as to where imho we stand on the power scale with nature.

Consider how small you are
Compared to your scream
The human dream
Doesn't mean sh#t to a tree

© Jefferson Airplane / Grace Slick - Paul Kantner

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Mar 05, 2009

Water, water everywhere

Favorite thing Here's a view of Puget Sound from the Space Needle.

This body of water is part of the Pacific Ocean stretching inland from the Canadian border to western Washington. It encompasses Seattle, the San Juan Islands and Hood Canal.

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See the city skyline from a boat.

Favorite thing The best view of Seattle is from a boat.

Fondest memory This is me wearing my new coat bought in Alaska. But this day was hot and sunny.
Great view to be had from the boat.
They take your photo when you go aboard.

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Jul 13, 2003

Water everywhere

Favorite thing It's great to be so close to the water, and to see it used for transportation so much.

Fondest memory Mountains and Water in every direction

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Elliott Bay Waterfront

Owned by the Port of Seattle (not the regular city of Seattle park system), the park runs through port owned property right along the Seattle waterfront. Combined with the Olympic Sculpture Park and...
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Columbia Center Sky View Observatory

When it was built, the Space Needle was certainly the dominant feature of the Seattle skyline. However, over the past 40 years, many newer and very tall buildings have been built in Seattle. Today,...
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Speaking of successful ventures, it's hard to believe that the mega coffee company Starbucks started out as a small coffee store located at the heart of Pike Place Market. The first store actually...
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Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill (so named by a developer with political aspirations) is the counter culture heart of the Northwest. It's also the most densely populated neighborhood. The streets are lined with midrise...
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Frye Art Museum

Since I was already planning on visiting the Portland Art Museum, I decided to skip the Seattle Art Museum and visit the Frye Art Museum instead. This museum located in the First Hill area first...
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Smith Tower Observation Deck

A historical landmark, the building was the vision of Lyman Cornelius Smith, a New York tycoon, back in 1909. He did not live to see it open in 1914 but his son did. There is an observation deck you...
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