The September Sun has been awesome. The transition to Fall feels almost seamless. I went to the fisherman’s terminal with intention to take good photos and came up with these. For some abstract images, check these out.
It’s been a hot summer for Seattle with temperatures hovering between 80-90F (26-32C) these past couple of months. The days have been cloudless with little breeze. I’ve never seen so much skin and sweaty people outside of a gym or a beach outside of this state. I’ve grown to love sun and maxi dresses. And though we can adapt, and we are thankful for the extra Vitamin D, for some Pacific Northwesterners who thrive best between Autumn and Spring, the sun’s unrelenting shine has gotten the best of us.
Minus a few years after college, I’ve lived here since the early 90s, and I don’t remember having to dodge the sun so much in a summer. It was a big deal that we bought an air conditioner for our bedroom. Until this year, we were able to manage with an electric fan. I do what I can to keep the sun out by drawing my blinds by 2:00 p.m. Because our living room and dining/kitchen area face west, the apartment heats up quick and we just bake until sunset, which isn’t until 8:00-9:00 p.m. these days.
I know. I know. I’m totally whining. Another negative side effect of being warm all day long. So, to prove I’ve been outside and enjoyed it, here are a few photos I took while driving my bro-in-law to some other neighborhoods he hasn’t yet explored. Below are scenes from Leschi, the East Portal Viewpoint, and Jefferson Park.
A few snaps from my quick walk through Discovery Park. I’ve been working on making sure I get out for a walk every day for at least a half-hour. I wouldn’t call myself much of a nature person. As Woody Allen once said “I am two with nature.” But a walk in the woods can bring a good amount of calm to me, even if it’s just for a minute or two. And though photographing in nature is not my forte, I’ve recently made the decision to push myself just a little bit more with my vision.
It’s been a while since I’ve gotten fish from the Fishermen’s Terminal. It’s right across the Ballard bridge from our place. They’re always really friendly, and there’s never a wait for attention to get some fresh fish. Today, I opted for a pound of the Coho Salmon. I typically dash off to get home and put away the groceries, but today I took a few minutes to visit the memorial just around the corner. On big slabs of rock the names of people who had “suffered the loss of life at sea” were listed over the decades. I was most struck by the sculpture of the fisherman at the top of a column. He looks like he’s wrangling up a good catch, his hair wind-swept, depicting a man who is hard at work! And I couldn’t ignore how lovely the water looked. Anyhow, I thought I’d highlight one of my favorite places in Ballard – the place that sells all the great fish with a smile.
I took the plunge and signed up to sell work at a Holiday Martial Arts & Crafts Bazaar organized by Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu. It’s been a doozy. I’ve spent the last month navigating sites and Costco to print, purchase packaging, deciding on what temporary branding I could use to include, and be okay with my amateur level of cutting mat board to showcase some of the work. Below are just a few photographs I worked on today. Here is a sample of what I’ll have up to show. If you’re in the Seattle Area, come check it out!
Yesterday, I went for a walk around town. I had to run a couple errands for myself, so that was my main motivator. The sun was out, but the wind had been blowing for two days straight, the flag across the street flapping uncontrollably. Winter has been kicking my butt, so a friend firmly recommended that I do two things: 1) Get a happy light and sit in front of it daily and 2) Get the strength to get out of the house for a walk regardless of the weather. I’m building a new routine. I’m working on the lamp (research), but am taking walks.
I started out by visiting a new cafe that opened up in town. It was pretty and its decor is European-inspired, but I wasn’t jazzed about the coffee. I was impressed by the fact that they have sparkling water on tap:
The walk down the main streets were full of trees shadows, once again:
And I felt like snapping store fronts today:
And some randomness:
It’s another sunny day, and a holiday. Perhaps we’ll go to a water front and check it out before the Thanksgiving eating starts.