Seattle in December

Some of my favorite images from a December visit to the city by the sound.

 

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Red Smoke – Wildfire Patina

In the Northwest, wildfire plumes paint the evening sky.

p8010186 Another day, another new fire in the Pacific Northwest. It seems as if each time one wildfire is contained, another is ignited. Over the weekend, three new blazes erupted in Washington alone. Towers of smoke from the Eastern Cascades can be seen from as far away as Seattle. The one silver (or better yet, crimson) lining in these smoke clouds is the spectacular array of hues incubated by their presence. Watching the sun set through forest fires, in this terrain, means you are on the wrong side of the wind. But with pragmatic vigilance and a little luck, worthy shots can be captured. Enjoy. p8010187 p8010168 p8010179 p8010177 p8010183 p8010172

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

I really enjoy Dutch Bros coffee but …

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I really enjoy coffee from Dutch Brothers. But a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room is well worth the effort, no matter what your java preference. It’s as if Willy Wonka decided to open a coffee factory. See for yourself, just don’t tell Slugworth.

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Days of Salmon – Issaquah Salmon Days

The salmon return to Issaquah well before the festival has started.

 

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Each October, the salmon and the tourists return to Issaquah, the latter in order to enjoy the annual Salmon Days Festival. We snuck in a week early, allowing us to enjoy the spectacle of the spawning fish without the accompanying throng of humanity. Here are some pics.

 

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To learn more about the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival, click here.

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Lower Snoqualmie Falls

The lower trail offers less familiar views of the iconic waterfall.

 

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For more pictures of Snoqualmie Falls click here.

Snoqualmie Falls Delight

Thirty minutes outside of Seattle, Snoqualmie Falls puts on a show.

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Due to warm weather and early runoff, Snoqualmie (Sno-qualm-ee) Falls, just east of Seattle, is running high and loud – its misty plume enveloping its northern wall like sea rain.

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Panoramic Seattle

More fun with my Olympus SP-810UZ.

Here are some shots from our recent weekend getaway to Seattle. I had fun with the panorama feature.