Here’s a typical sight in Seattle. This ugly wall is home to even uglier moss.
Seattle, Washington, version 2016, has become overpopulated. Some of the culprits were actually born here. (Including me; however, I was raised in the Eastern Washington desert, and had to wait until 1974 to return to my birthplace.) Where was I? Oh, yes: we don’t need any more people. Buying houses or paying rent has gotten too expensive for many Seattlites. Our traffic problem, which has always been bad, has only become worse.
I don’t know why anyone would ever want to move here! It’s cold, damp, gray, and moss-covered. If you are planning to relocate, and you need help making the decision to look elsewhere, then please consider this as my gift to you — a photo essay deliberately calculated to dramatically bring you back down to Earth. A very wet, gray Earth.
I went for a walk near my house, through Kinnear Park, where I took these shots, on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. It was a totally normal day in Seattle. I barely managed to find a window between rainstorms.
I took this photo at 3 pm. It looks more like 3 am. You’d expect to see some sunshine at 3 pm. Well, keep looking….
This poor old Doug Fir tree…. Sooner rather than later, it will be completely overtaken by the ever-present moss.
Dirt. What you are seeing here is the result of soil erosion. So much rain water has flooded the hillside that nothing is left, other than dirt.
As my continued on my walk, I hoped the sun might come out a little. I’ve lived here long enough to know that wasn’t going to happen.
Here we are; it’s almost Spring, and nothing is leafed-out.
More of the same. However, the dying Madrona tree adds a touch of color to the scene. (Note that all of the trees are tagged, in the event of theft.)
Now this is lovely….
Another dead tree log. I’m not sure if it’s the insects or the weather who get the credit for the bark being slowly peeled from the log.
Down below, at the Port of Seattle, a cargo ship is taking on more of our Precious Natural Resources, which will soon be transported to China.
Give me a break! I wanna see something growing. Leafing. Budding.
Now, this is really strange. I can only imagine someone was so needing a bit of color that they brought this dream catcher to the park and actually hung it on a tree.
The Emerald City seen through bare branches of our ubiquitous alder trees. In Seattle, alder is considered a “weed tree”.
Seattle parks come equipped with all the modern conveniences.
This was creepy. I felt like I was in the movie, “The Birds”.
Wouldn’t you know? Right when I finished my walk through Kinnear, the sun came out!
Well, if my little photo essay hasn’t convinced you to avoid Seattle; if you insist on coming — I have good news for you: they’re building your new home as we speak. I know, because it’s located about a hundred feet from my senior citizens apartment, where none of us old fogies has had a moment of peace in a year. As in: Bang! Bang! Bang! Thud.
And I don’t know what the tubes show below are for, but I’m sure one of them is connected to your unit! (I hear unit #5 will be a real palace!)
And now, for some happy, home-grown music. I was in a band with this group’s drummer, so I am prone to hype their tunes. See my blog story on that….