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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Some Seattle Shadow Shots during the heat wave






                       Photos by Richard Schear and Kay Davies

We were in Seattle during the Great Heat Wave of 2009 when shadows were greatly appreciated, particularly from that little old sun-avoider, me. (Hard to believe, when I just brought the dog in from the snow now, and had to brush her, then get ice-balls off her feet.)
However, there I am, adjusting my hat beside the totem pole in the third photo. I loved the deep shade there, with little dapples of sunlight in the foreground. When I found deep shade, I just wanted to stay, and never venture into the sun again, but we were on our way to Safeco Field to see the Toronto Blue Jays play the Seattle Mariners, so Dick hustled me along. Never try to stand between a man and his baseball game!
Temperatures in Seattle reached a record 103F (39 Celsius) while we were there.

Posted for  Shadow Shot Sunday,
the nice, cool, shade-loving photo meme hosted by Tracy at Hey Harriet.
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32 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

What a beautiful day there!
I'm enchanted by so beautiful pictures, mainly that "street lamp"among the lovely flowers!
A nice SUnday for you!
Léia :)

Sylvia K said...

Well, you have to know that I love these! And they show that Seattle does indeed have sunshine -- every now and then at least! Really terrific captures, Kay! Hope your weekend is off to a good, if snowy start!!!

Sylvia

Sheila Araujo-Vaz said...

The photos are beautiful! I can't wait for it to be summer here again. Though we don't have snow, it's rather cold, especially in the mornings.

Ralph said...

These pictures seem the anthesis of a very cold and snowy Alberta. It feels warm, naturally the place to be for us who are less charitable toward this season. We could all use some sun, more in the winter and less in the summer...

Julie said...

Ugh! This Wednesday is 'Australia Day' and our western suburbs are predicted to reach 39C. However, I live in the East (closer to the ocean) and we will only reach 33C. I am going out very early and will be forced indoors by noon.

EG Wow said...

I could use a heat wave just about now. :) Well, not really. But it does look tempting!

sarayutouched said...

yikes...that is hot!! love the clock photo.

Beverley Baird said...

Love your shots of Seattle. We got to Vancouver 2 years ago but never made it to Seattle.
Now that was mighty hot!
Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Beverley Baird -- Well, I might be rather prejudiced, because I'm a third generation British Columbian (living in Alberta now) but I think Vancouver is even nicer than Seattle. LOL
-- K

Karen said...

Ohhhhh...a heat wave, the shadowy shade would be welcomed.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous shadow shots!
My shadow shot, hope you can come by.

Dimple said...

I really like the plaza and ivy covered building, it looks like a wonderful place to be shade-bathing!

Sally in WA said...

I'd like a little of that heat right now!

Gengen said...

I like the place it reminds me of something...happy SSS!

Hey Harriet said...

Lovely photos! It's so nice to see blue skies in Seattle. I always think of Seattle as being overcast for much of the time. Yes 39 celsius is rather hot. That's not an unusual temp for summer here in Queensland. We often reach a few 40+ celsius days. And this is exactly why I could never survive a snowy winter! Extreme heat I can deal with. Extreme cold...not way!

I think your indoor tip re the basil is spot on. Quite a few people have suggested the same thing. I just don't have any ideal indoor spots. I've had some helpful suggestions though so I'm feeling a little more confident :)

Kay said...

We really loved Seattle and your gorgeous photos brought back such fantastic memories. Thank you, Kay. You really hit the theme perfectly.

Mara said...

I was wondering whether you realised it was winter! Perhaps you had fallen and hurt your head.

Andy said...

Today it is -17 Celsius and here I am looking at your photos taken during a heat wave. I got a chuckle out of the patio people sitting in the hot sun. I thought humans were suppose to be the intelligent species. Excellent photos. Keep on clicking.

Crafty Gardener said...

Oh, what a great collection of shadow photos. I can just feel some of that heat. Right now it is absolutely frigid here in my part of Ontario.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Love the patio cafe. Well, you got me...I love ALL the photos you've shared.

SHELL SHADOW

http://hootin--anni.blogspot.com/2011/01/shadowy-existence-amongst-dust.html


Hope your weekend has been treating you well.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Oh my goodness Kay ! You and I are the same .. but is just too funny for a gardener like myself to hate the heat/humidity but love to garden so much that I can stand it for the sake of my garden .. and you are traveler!
So right about the baseball game and men .. same thing applies to hockey games! haha
Love that totem pole and the quality of the shade .. phew !!
Joy : )

Jenn Jilks said...

You know, I seldom post summer photos in winter. It's a great idea, though. That eternal hope of spring! (After 54 years of confirmation, I know it's coming!!!!)

Thank you for visiting my Oliver !

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi
mi è piaciuto molto il Totem !
Buona giornata :)
Myriam

Crafty Green Poet said...

gosh it certainly looks hot there!

your dog got iceballs on her feet? Wow, she must be hardy to put up with that...

jabblog said...

Phew, too hot but the shadows you caught are wonderful - so sharp and clear. I'm a sun-avoider, too, so can sympathise with you.

Phil said...

A good shot of the tall building Kay and I could quite manage 103 degrees right now I think.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The totem pole in Pioneer Square is such a welcoming presence!

Martha Z said...

I remember this, we went camping in Oregon and Washington hoping to get out of the Sacramento heat. If I remember correctly the last night of the trip we gave up and got a room so we could have air-conditioning.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yes -- you were in the Pacific Northwest during an untypical summer. Beautiful shadows and Seattle is always beautiful, whether in the rain or heat. Who won the baseball game ? ;>) (Just kidding, but Bill misses seeing the Mariners on TV)

Paula Scott said...

Love it there in Seattle. Not sure if I would live there, but fun to visit! I stayed at the Pioneer Hotel. Love the architecture!

Boonie S said...

Great photos. I love the one of the diners.
Nice hat by the way.

All the best, Boonie

Greyscale Territory said...

Intriguing street scens! Love that shadowy courtyard in the first photo!