In an attempt to meet people as well as finally explore the downtown Seattle waterfront that overlooks Elliot Bay, I joined a photo walking tour. Was it a fun way to get out and see the touristy spots of downtown Seattle? Yes. Would I do it again? Maybe.
Editor’s note: this post will be more photos and less travel tips and fun narratives.
The start of the tour
If you’ve never done a photo walk before (I found mine on meetup.com), they’re exactly what they sound like: a group of people with cameras of varying levels of bells and whistles meet in a common area and we all talk pictures of the same things. Some users are better than others and if you look at the log of all the photos (here’s the Flickr page), you can see the varying levels of photographers represented.
We met in Pioneer Square though I didn’t start taking photos until we got to Occidental Square. There, I found wooden totem pole art pieces.
There were no descriptions, so I don’t have much to say about them. Again, this is more about “pretty pictures” and less about how I got around.
And as if I needed more pictures of Smith Tower than I already had, I tried my hand at framing it a little differently.
From Occidental Square, we went down a side alley. I don’t think it wasn’t just some alley that we happened to venture down but was instead an alley with an art history degree. Most of the walls were decorated with miniature statues, slogans, and other artsy touches.
Out over Elliot Bay
As we walked, the group got more and more spread out. I was with my people, but the common tread of conversation was “Where is the group?” and “Which way are we supposed to go?” Eventually, we gave up the group walk and we meandered our own way up the piers that look out to Elliot Bay.
From these piers, ferries go across the bay to Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, West Seattle, and more. One of the things on my “List of things I must do” that’s growing ever longer is to go across the bay. Right now, my list is about a thousand miles long, but I’ll get through it all. Someday.
There was an art installation. It was a bunch of square stones with water flowing over them. I have to explain it because I didn’t get a wide angle of the whole fountain. I got wrapped up in taking pictures of the water.
Before we left the waterfront, I snapped a picture of what I jokingly called “The Bridge to Nowhere”.
“About that time…”
There was no set end time for this photowalk in the same way that there was no set path. As the afternoon pressed on and we all had other places to be, we decided to end our walk at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
From which, I caught my first glimpse of the Space Needle.
I didn’t go up because it’s like $30 and it’s cloudy so you can’t see the Olympic Mountains, but when it’s warmer, it’s on the list.
So this update was a bit light on content, but I wanted to share some of my photos from here. For better examples of my content, I encourage you to do three things:
a) click on the link at the bottom of this page that’ll take you to other places that I’ve been
b) click on this icon to go to the Faraway Files linkup (I actually missed adding my blog to this linkup, but it’s still worth reading):
c) click on the icon below to go to The Weekly Postcard:
And because I want to share it, here’s a picture of my cat:
See you next week.