Photo of the Week - February 19, 2014


Construction Site - Denny Triangle
Seattle, WA
February 19, 2014

Most of the time, my mind is like a sieve. Brilliant ideas and plans make a fleeting appearance before they disappear into the cosmos.

Every once in a while, something sticks.

Twenty years ago this week, I was driving westbound on Denny way between three and four in the afternoon. It was a magnificent sunny day like we get in Seattle around President's Day. I was on my way to an important appointment (long since forgotten) when I was stopped by the traffic signal at the base of Denny Way. My eye was drawn to an old industrial building to the right; large pieces of peeling paint cast long, textured shadows against the vivid, yet aged wall. I was mesmerized.

Lacking a camera and time, I vowed to return soon to photograph the wall.

When I returned a few days later, my window of opportunity had passed. The sun had traveled further North in the sky and no longer cast shadows on the side of the building. I decided to come back the next year.

It rained every day of my February photographic window the following year. When fate allowed me to come back several years later with perfect light, the building had been repainted. It has since been torn down.

Fast forward to 2014. I found myself on Denny Way on a late February sunny afternoon. The sky was clear, blue and bright. The light was angular. I was instantly transported back in time to the mesmerizing emotions I had felt before. The neighborhood has changed and is changing. But light remains the same.


Facing East - Facing West
Two views of a brick wall
Denny Triangle
Seattle, WA
February 19, 2014

Photo of the Week - February 7, 2014

Photos of the Week
February 7, 2014
A lovely sunny, cold day at NorthPoint
Port of Olympia
Olympia, WA 

The unusually clear and cold weather made for some terrific photo opportunities. When I first arrived, the tide was still high and the diving ducks – Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Scaup – were all near the shore. The Buffleheads were in fine form; the males were busy showing off in preparation for the mating season. Lots of chasing and displaying going on amongst them.

Further out in the bay, dozens of Common Mergansers could be seen swimming and fishing together. A Bald Eagle flew over my head, being chased by three gulls. 
Male Bufflehead taking flight

Male Bufflehead diving

Male Bufflehead in flight

Male Bufflehead taking flight
Killdeer on the beach
As the tide began to recede, three killdeer appeared on the beach. Next, a large flock of Western Sandpipers performed their aerial acrobatics before settling down on the rocky beach to feed. Periodically, the whole throng took flight to avoid a potential threat. 
Western Sandpipers on the beach and landing

Western Sandpipers in flight
Finally, the opportunistic neighbors – Ring-billed gull, Mew gull and Northwestern Crow – arrived to take advantage of the shorebirds’ skills at pulling worms.
Ring-billed gull

Mew Gull

Northwestern Crows

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