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Old November 23rd, 2011, 07:07 PM   #21
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Damn mang, I didn't realize that there was new stuff. Great pictures, and welcome on these rainy days!
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 08:37 PM   #22
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I think Seattle's many waterways are what makes it such a livable and fab city.

I love the house boats on Lake Union.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 01:05 AM   #23
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Great photos! I got engaged in Parson's Garden on Queen Anne and I didn't even know the name of it! I live on Queen Anne and you did a good job of displaying all the neighborhood has to offer.
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Old November 26th, 2011, 05:32 AM   #24
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Heading back into Portage Bay:










The University of Washington has a large medical center. Unfortunately when the first buildings were going up, brutalist architecture was in vogue. Thankfully, many newer buildings on campus reflect an earlier, more graceful style or have a nicely done modern look with a lot of glass. I'll visit the UW in spring when the cherry trees are in bloom to take some more extensive pictures of the beautiful campus:






Fremont Bridge with the Aurora Bridge beyond:




Underneath the University Bridge re-entering Lake Union












Gasworks Park:


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Old November 26th, 2011, 07:44 AM   #25
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Seattle looks great from the lake.

I particularly like Montlake Bridge. How lovely, it must be, to have a home along one of the waterways.
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Old November 30th, 2011, 06:34 AM   #26
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Continuing where I left off at the Ballard Locks. The lock complex was built with a fish ladder allowing mature salmon to return to Lake Washington and from there into the tributaries which flow into the lake. In those streams, they spawn and die. Underground windows allow for viewing but the day I was there there wasn't any activity:


The young salmon heading to the ocean where they spend their lives before returning to spawn are sent through these slides:






The concrete locks administration building may look plain on the outside, but the inside is richly adorned with dark wood--floors, walls, staircases, moldings:


More of the gardens:








The large lock is pumped dry every November for cleaning and maintenance; the small lock in the spring:








Heading eastward on the north side of the canal. Besides the touristy, Salmon Bay, as Lake Union, is lined with workaday maritime businesses including boat building, drydocking, maintenance and supply facilities:






And some, such as this gravel works, not directly related to the maritime industry but which receives its raw product via barges:


A century ago and more, Ballard was heavily Scandinavian, primarily Norwegian. While no longer the case, the Nordic flags still fly proudly in the neighborhood. Ballard is also home to the Nordic Heritage Museum: http://www.nordicmuseum.org/
Scandinavian names still abound throughout the area:








Ballard Bridge, connecting Ballard on the north with Interbay, Magnolia and Queen Anne on the south:


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Old November 30th, 2011, 09:54 PM   #27
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More interesting Seattle pictures. I've got to visit.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 06:46 AM   #28
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Continuing eastward along the north side of the Ship Canal from the Ballard Bridge to the Fremont Bridge.

14th Avenue NW public boat launch:




Burke-Gilman Trail, site of former railroad track (rails to trails):








Approaching Fremont Bridge with the Aurora Bridge behind:




Fremont Bridge built in 1917:


Crossing Fremont Bridge looking west out over the Fremont cut. As mentioned earlier, the Fremont and Montlake cuts were dug in the teens of the last century to allow ocean-going vessels to access Lakes Union and Washington:


Looking east toward Lake Union:


Now heading west on the south side of the canal on the Ship Canal Trail, also a former railroad:








Seattle Pacific University. An anomaly in very liberal Seattle, this conservative university was founded in 1891 by--and still operating under the aegis of--the Methodist Church:

http://www.spu.edu/







Seattle is so laced with waterways that the Seattle Police Department has a fleet of police boats. Here is one plying the Fremont cut:


A rare find: old style "poor man's" houseboats the way they all looked years ago. Vastly different from today's very expensive ones. These are on an out-of-the-way dock off the Ship Canal Trail:




Ballard Bridge, also built in 1917, looking north:


Fishermen's Terminal, just west of the Ballard Bridge up next.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 01:16 PM   #29
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Love the new pictures.

I reckon I'd need at least four weeks to do more than scratch the surface of Seattle: explore its waterways, and get out into the national parks.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 07:54 PM   #30
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Love the new pictures.
I reckon I'd need at least four weeks to do more than scratch the surface of Seattle: explore its waterways, and get out into the national parks.
So very true. Within three hours drive of urban Seattle there are three tremendous national parks, sometimes referred to as the "Golden Triange": Mount Rainier (the fifth park so designated), from 1899; Olympic National Park (also an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site), from 1938 and North Cascades NP (the "American Alps"), from 1968. In addition, there is Mount St. Helens Volcanic National Monument, which we are trying to get named a national park as it would afford more protection. These parks are all different in some ways, yet all meet any requirement for national protection. Of course there are any number of Washington State Parks and other nature gems close to the city. Four weeks indeed!
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Old December 11th, 2011, 10:02 PM   #31
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Fishermen's Terminal on recent a gray day. The terminal is home to Seattle's Pacific fleet, with boats fishing all the way up to Alaska:






Monument to those from the fleet lost at sea:








I am always amused by the smart play on words some of the boat owners come up with, many using the word 'sea':


Then there are Alma and Kimberly...:


...and Deirdre and Heidi:


The Port of Seattle of which Fishermen's Terminal is a facility, is celebrating its centennial in 2011. Of course there was a port, small "p" before then, but the docks were privately owned and the waterfront a warren of not very coordinated activity. The voters of King County (of which Seattle is county seat) voted to establish the Port to make some order out of the chaos:

http://portseattle100.org/













With the number of fishing boats declining over time, the terminal found itself with empty slips. After some controversy, yachts and other pleasure craft were allowing to rent space at the Terminal for the first time:






Ballard Bridge in background:


Just as the police department has a fleet of boats, so does the fire department. Here is one of its fireboats, this one based at the Terminal:


A very long way from home:


An even longer way from home:
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Old December 11th, 2011, 10:11 PM   #32
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Small commercial maritime....I love the flavor it gives to this city.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 02:23 AM   #33
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Some of the boats registered in Alaska spend the winter in the protected waters of Fishermen's Terminal:










Discarded nets and other gear as [almost] art:


Continuing on the Magnolia (south) side of the Ship Canal westward toward the Locks. Street is once again lined with small maritime-related businesses:












I fully recognize the need for rules and regulations, but this seems like overkill:














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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:25 AM   #34
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Nice new pics from Seattle....thanks for sharing.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 08:01 AM   #35
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Great updates from one of my favorite cities Thanks for sharing
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Old December 16th, 2011, 08:14 AM   #36
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The conservatory in Volunteer Park atop Capitol Hill is truly one of Seattle's gems. As is the case with many Seattle institutions, it is not large in comparison with other cities', but it makes the most of its small space. It will be 100 years old in 2012.







The cactus house has some terrific cactus and other succulent specimens. The conservatory is an official repository for confiscated plants brought in the country illegally. Some of those plants are among these:































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Old December 16th, 2011, 12:32 PM   #37
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Thanks for the new Seattle pictures.

Seattle looks to have some wonderful parks and open spaces.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 02:41 PM   #38
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Wonderful photos again, thank you! Somehow, Seattle reminds me a bit of Zurich.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 04:05 PM   #39
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Beautiful colours in a beautiful city Thanks for sharing

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Old December 16th, 2011, 05:55 PM   #40
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Thank you for your kind comments.

The palm house (in center of conservatory) has palms, sago palms (actually related to cycads), banana, bird-of-paradise, arthurium. Also orchids. I'm saving the latter to the end of the conservatory pictures:









The fern house has various ferns, cycads, flowering tropical plants and carnivorous plants, plus a great water feature:

















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