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Pike Place Market parking garage, Seattle


The Comfy Monster

A mess of geometry at Pike Place Market, Seattle. I love the duct painted to resemble brick. I love the bright hank of twine slumming it on the electrical pipe. And, to paraphrase Colonel Kurtz, "The patina! The patina!"



O Little Town of Everett

Mangers are not to be had for love or money in Everett, Washington, so Mary and Joe make do with a vacant used-car pavilion. Kris Kringle augments the three kings.



View from the bow of the Whidbey Island ferry on a night-time run...

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea--
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish--
Never afeard are we";
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
And Nod.

- Eugene Field

From poetry.literaturelearning.org


World in Grain of Sand Department

Minimalist or maximalist, depending on how kozmic your point of view:

The subtle radiating colors here (well, ebbing waves, but hey) remind me of what I see when I press my fingers into my eyes after a long hard day. Also slightly reminiscent of, say, the shockwaves from a supernova.

This could be one of many beaches but just happens to be one near Westport, Washington.



Sea-wrack Descending a Beach

With this I've managed to put myself in mind of some of the Northwest School artists from the '50s such as Guy Anderson, Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, and Morris Graves.


Things That Make You Go "Hmm"

Concrete box of mystery, Lake Chelan, WA 2011.

A careful reading reveals the proto-sandcastle on the shore as well as the intriguing curve of floats demarking the swim area.

(Why is there a word ["cube," obviously] for a three-dimensional square but not one for the equally common three-dimensional rectangle? [I could say "rectangular parallpiped" but it's nowhere as succinct, now is it?])


Storm Brewing: The Identity Parade

I've probably been watching too many TV police procedurals, but this array of antique implements near Maltby, Wasdhington, looked like a lineup to me.


Alleyway Boogie-Woogie (Study in Blues)

An eye-catching backdoor melange from otherwise drab Eastern Washington.

Yakima, WA 2011

Apologies to Mondrian.



Continuing after a lamentable day's lapse with my daily December posts (in my defense, I did post on my other blog), today's festive photo is my parting view of Microsoft Corporation, whose ivied halls I flounced out of this summer after a fifth of a century toiling for the corporate behemoth.



A Foggy Day

I'm going to try to do a daily post to wrap up the year. Here's today's photo, taken at Seattle's Pike Place Market...



Kicking off the end of the year with some archiportraits from the industrial no-man's land between Magnolia Bluff and Queen Anne Hill in Seattle.

Danger: Remote control locomotives!