Seattle Blogs in 2016

Throughout the year 2016 I have enjoyed reading Seattle bloggers’ perspectives of life in the city as portrayed through photos, sketches and writings.

Portraying the Life of the City:  from Nature to Architecture

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Looking southward on Fourth Avenue, we see the frantic construction boom in downtown Seattle. At right foreground is the Rainier Club built in 1909. At center is The Mark, a hotel and office building under construction at Fifth & Columbia Streets. At lower left can be seen the round red-tile roof of a former church at Fifth & Marion which is being absorbed into The Mark. The former sanctuary will be used as meeting space accessible from the new hotel.

I was born here in Seattle (how many people can say that???) but there are still places in and around the city that I have never visited.  Many times when reading Park Preview I have been intrigued to learn of hidden gems, with excellent descriptions of how to get there.

The adventures of Mongolope give us a good laugh along with West Seattle views.  Tony of Mountainstroh takes us along with him on urban bike trails with a sharp eye looking out for wildlife along the way.

Fred of BlueStar2012 takes photos in south Seattle along the Duwamish River, South Park and Georgetown.  This year Fred added out-of-this-world views along Route 66, which he called Dispatches from the Mothership.

I love downtown Seattle and my enjoyment of its history and architecture has been enhanced by Paul of Feeding Squirrels and Orion of Traveling Orion with their photo views and their tales of commuting by bus and rail.

For another way of seeing Seattle, how about sketching?  Red Harp Arts is part of a group, the Seattle Urban Sketchers, who get together to draw Seattle with pen, pencil, water colors and charcoal.

Seattle’s urbanites are also nature lovers and many bloggers take wonderful photos of our lakes, mountains, and wildlife.  Joe Sweeney, a resident of the Wedgwood neighborhood, is an expert bird guide and photographer.  He leads bird walks with the Seattle Audubon Society and I was fortunate to go on one such walk this year to enjoy spotting birds along the Yesler Swamp Trail.

2017 Perspective:  the Ship Canal in Seattle’s Life and History

What could be more iconic to Seattle than the view from one of the bridges which cross the ship canal?  Barbara the bridgetender, a transplant from Florida, writes of her adjustments to the culture of Seattle and the daily rhythms of the View from a Drawbridge.

waterway-book-coverIn 2015 David B. Williams wrote a book, Too High and Too Steep, about Seattle’s many regrading projects.  In June 2017 a new book, Waterway, by David B. Williams and co-author Jennifer Ott of HistoryLink will tell the story of Seattle’s locks and ship canal.  The book release is timed for the hundredth anniversary of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

I (Valarie) am participating in the ship canal centennial with the Making the Cut 100 group.  Some of my blog writings in 2017 will be about this wonderful event.

 

About Wedgwood in Seattle History

Valarie is a volunteer history writer for northeast neighborhoods in Seattle, Washington.
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7 Responses to Seattle Blogs in 2016

  1. Susie says:

    That’s a great angle on the new building downtown! Also thanks for these recommendations. I’m always looking for more good Seattle things!

  2. I took that photo because I was trying to emulate the style of Paul, the blogger of Feeding Squirrels! And I am glad you caught the drift of what I was trying to do: let the world know about these great bloggers whose work has cheered and inspired me throughout 2016. Love these Seattle bloggers! Long may their creative juices flow.

  3. bluestar2012 says:

    Thanks so much for including my blog(s) in your post!
    All best for the New Year!!!!

  4. Paul says:

    Thank you for the shout out, Valarie! Happy New Year!!

  5. Thanks for sharing my blog, Valarie!

  6. Seattle Park Lover says:

    I’m getting caught up on blog reading that I let slide, so just seeing this now. Thanks for mentioning me and so many others. Now I have a bunch of new blogs to check out because I love reading about others out and about in Seattle too. I didn’t realize Mr. Sweeney was one of your fellow Wedgwoodians since he’s always posting bird sightings in Edmonds and Shoreline.

  7. I am glad you noticed, too, that Joe Sweeney seems to be in love with the dock at Edmonds! I do tease him about that. But he is also a dedicated member of Seattle Audubon Society whose office is in Wedgwood, and Joe leads bird walks in nearby areas like Magnuson Park.

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