Seattle Space Needle Reflection at Night

The Wildlife of South Lake Union

Having lived in the city for most of my life, I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot much wildlife.

Sure, I’ve gotten the odd shot of an orca in Elliott Bay, not to mention several photos of the Wild Bremelo in its native habitat. Oh, and who can forget my footage from the midst of the Canadian Thug Goose invasion?

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So, sure, I’ve gotten some “wildlife” footage, but when it comes to photography, most of my stuff trends toward the urban.

This being the case, when I saw a Blue Heron hanging out with a Big Ass Turtle

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The Beach, Some Dogs, and My Broken Ankle

Factually Accurate Sign

When you get down to it, I’m a liberal guy.

I support abortion, gay rights, universal healthcare, true civil rights equality, rent control, increased rights for the poor and working-class, antitrust legislation, drug legalization, etc, etc. Sure, I think the third wave of feminism is a selfish crock of psychopathic ass, and identity politics are a smokescreen for rampant classism which is the source of most bigotry, but still, only the most pre-programmed of the programmed would even think to call me conservative.

This being the case, some people are truly surprised to see me taking

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Floatplanes

Seattle is probably the only large city in the US where floatplanes are a common sight. In fact, people often forget, but because of Lake Union, we actually have a commercial airport not more than 2 miles from the Downtown core.

Excluding the transplants, it’s just another one of those things that makes Seattle generally better than everywhere else.

I mean worse. Worse than everyplace else because it, you know, never stops raining.

That’s why we have so many floatplanes. The regular airports are always flooded from the non-stop rain. Planes that can’t float have no chance of landing

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A Rare Quirky White Girl Sighting

What is that?

That …

That thing over there …

See it? Do you see it?

Right there, that thing in the water …

It’s a white woman on a surf board striking some strange look-at-me-no-don’t-look-at-me-you-creep-no-really-look-at-me pose …

Wait … is it, could it be … oh my God, it is, I can’t believe my eyes …

It’s a quirky white girl! In Seattle no less! IT’S A QUIRKY WHITE GIRL IN SEATTLE! And I actually have my camera on me! Can you believe my luck?!!

While this may not sound like a big deal, a little perspective in

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The Jump

It’s a Seattle right of passage.

The bridge in South Lake Union Park.

Cherries popped in 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 …

 

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The Greatest Picture of The Space Needle Ever Taken

I’ve been busy and therefore somewhat off of the ether. I like to think that this one makes up for 8 post-free days, though.

Too bad I shot it with a cellphone.

Then again, it’s still way better than the bikini shots I got to look at when I first discovered the Internet.

 

Summer in the City

 

 

“They aren’t growing up with a back yarrrd! Won’t they miss not having a back yarrrrd?”

Nope.

They have one.

As far as my kids are concerned, Lake Union is their personal over-sized swimming pool, complete with a diving board shaped like a bridge. Not to mention, a lawn sprinkler on crack.

On a different note … it’s a shame, but ever since this incident, I’ve been paranoid to take photographs with kids in them. I guess that’s the whole point, though. Fear.

Stay scared, everyone. Your country depends on it.

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The MEattle, er, Seattle 2014 July 4th Fireworks

 

When I realized that Washington would be one of the first states in the union to legalize marijuana, I had some concerns.

Not because I thought it should remain illegal, no, the War on Some Drugs When Used by Poor People is nuts. Instead, I was concerned because I didn’t think the least considerate state in the country would be good torchbearers for the new policy.

The nation’s eyes are on our fair state to see how legalization will play out in normal, polite society, and as I stood outside with my family watching the fireworks last night,

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“You Geese Don’t Look Like You’re From Around Here”

“If you ask me, you look like a couple of them ‘Canadian’ geese.”

I took this photo moments before they got taken in for obstruction.

 

 

Summer Break in Seattle

Jumper

Jumper

When I get the standard reply from suburban soccermoms, I just politely concede my children’s disadvantage.

“They don’t have a yard? They share a room? You don’t have a car?”

“You’re right”, I say sheepishly, “You’re right. Next year, we’re going to.”

I lie.

They don’t understand, they can’t understand, nor do I want them to. Instead, I play up the “poor us” angle. It makes honkies feel better about themselves.

Two generations of white flight has left the vast majority of suburban Americans completely ignorant of urban life. “What if they get mugged?”, is another oft-repeated question,

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