It WAS a Sunny Day

Sunday was my weekend day at home.
Except that I started it out working from home – so what is the difference.

The difference was that we had a potential destination for the day.
AND after the fog burned off it was SUNNY!

Of course, by the time I got to the point where – I was not done, but needed to leave – the sun was about to be covered by a cloud bank. (Not a cloud that might cover for a bit, and then leave – but a bank of clouds that was continuous.) We continued on anyway. It was dry, and the sun had not been adding too much warmth.

Our objective was on south Capital Hill near the Seattle University Campus.
We took a bit of a different route than we had before and finally found the I-5 Colonnade Mountain Bike Park.

Be Careful Out There

Be Careful Out There

We had been close on several different routes, but never directly adjacent.

Bike Park2

Bike Park3

Since we didn’t have bikes to play in the nearly deserted park, we took off on a Pedestrian Park – otherwise known as one of the many sets of Seattle stairs.

The initial view

The initial view

This set of stairs should be named Progressive Disclosure.

Around a curve

Around a curve

You know from the start it is a long set of stairs, but every time you reach a slight change in direction even more steps appear.

End in sight - we think

End in sight – we think

In the end we climbed 300 steps. It was not the full set as there are steps below the Bike park as well.

Here is a Garfield pic for the kids. (Aren’t Garfield folks so serious)

Note the G hat

Note the G hat

Five miles later we reached our destination, the Photo Center Northwest.
The primary reason for the visit was to view the Vivian Maier exhibit. This selection is from the Wilmette beach – kids under an upturned boat.

"Partial View of Feet", Wilmette, IL, 1968

“Partial View of Feet”, Wilmette, IL, 1968

From the Vivian Maier Website (linked above)

There is still very little known about the life of Vivian Maier. What is known is that she was born in New York in 1926 and worked as a nanny for a family on Chicago’s North Shore during the 50s and 60s. Seemingly without a family of her own, the children she cared for eventually acted as caregivers for Maier herself in the autumn of her life. She took hundreds of thousands of photographs in her lifetime, but never shared them with anyone. Maier lost possession of her art when her storage locker was sold off for non-payment. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 83.

My personal favorite.

Her story started us on our trek, and the pictures were worth the effort. As it turns out some were taken in locations that Carl frequented as a youth – doubly interesting.


3 Responses to “It WAS a Sunny Day”

  1. RegenAxe Says:

    Are you sure that isn’t Carl’s great-grandmother?

  2. Margaret Says:

    Pretty sure I’ve been on those stairs!! (or ones similar to them) Capital Hill/Central District. My dad is 84 and looks way better than she. 😉

    • raincharm Says:

      Completely different subject. I know Patt’s function is on the 17th. Do you have anyone watching your house while everyone is away? Under the heading of, “people can be jerks,” there are jerks that target houses when they know services are going on elsewhere. This happened to a coworker recently. Just checking. Jay

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