Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A Very Grand Avenue

Every workday for the past 7+ years, I have walked 2-3 miles during my lunch hour - that is unless it’s really pouring down rain - a rare occasion. I walk a street that isn’t far from my home and office and is just above our city’s waterfront. Sometimes my husband joins me when he doesn’t go to the gym. This area is filled with wonderful older homes, many large and historic, including the homes of some very important people. I like to walk here for lots of reasons - there are no traffic lights, little traffic, eagles and hawks fly right over your head, the Olympic Mountains are sometimes in clear view above Puget Sound and there is always something interesting to see. I’ve been doing this for so long that I know dogs as well as homeowner’s names, and am treated like I live in the neighborhood!

Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny, slightly nippy day. I took my camera along and this is what I recorded. This is the park at the beginning of my walk. It was recently remodeled - what a fantastic job they did! Where you see the two pillars on the left side, there is a mosaic that was completely hand laid by several local artists. It’s actually sort of a human sundial - you can stand in the center and the sun will cast your shadow on the time.

This is the view from the park - the Olympic Mountains are just under that bank of clouds in the distance.

Below are pictures from the mosaic sundial. This is the center - the earth surrounded by sailing rope. Since we are a seafairing community, the entire mosaic is entirely dedicated to this.
Here is the North Wind.
A local Lighthouse below.
A ferry - a means of travel we cannot live without in the Pacific Northwest.
A tall sailing ship.
Cargo ships frequently pass by.
Captain George Vancouver made a historic landing in his ship at the present day site of the park in 1792.
A tug boat.
One of the creatures of the depths!
Eagles, osprey and hawks are so common now that you will most likely see one fly overhead on any given day. One day I watched transfixed as several eagles flew over me!



Carrie P. said...

What a great place to walk.

PamKittyMorning said...

Wow so beautiful. I love walking in neighborhoods where you can see the day to day goings on, pretty landscaping, you have some great views there!

chris miller said...

Hi Candace,

Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! I loved looking at them. And I love the carrier in the background of one of them. Last summer I realized a dream while visiting our son in VA when we drove down to Norfolk and I got to see *three* at dock. You are so lucky!! I think you live in my Mom's hometown--she still misses it after being gone for over 60 years. Looking at your pictures, I can see why.

Chris in Idaho where we don't seem to get too many carriers! :-)

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Oh Candace, this is REALLY REALLY neat! A very grand view indeed. Thank you for taking the time to pull this together. What a feast for the eyes! ;>

Grand Love, *karendianne.

happy zombie said...

Oohing and aahing over your photos... love the autumn colors. The mosaics are beautiful!

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