Seattle Day & Night

My favourite place to view Seattle is from Kerry Park. With the sun slowly setting on a good summers day like this recent one, you can get a spectacular view across the city, the Space Needle, Elliot Bay and the mighty Mount Ranier off in the distance.

Seattle from West Seattle

Here comes the sun! Seattle, Washington in all it’s glory on a sunny Spring day today, as viewed from the West Seattle waterfront.

Happy 50th Space Needle!

On April 21st, 1962 the Seattle World’s Fair and the Space Needle opened for the first time. So today marks the 50th anniversary and there are lots of celebrations going to be happening for the rest of the year as part of the “Next 50”. Back in 1962 the Space Needle was painted in a…

The Allure of Seattle for an Aussie Kid

Growing up in Australia there was always one city that stuck in my mind that I would like to visit someday, that city was Seattle. Originally it wasn’t high on my priority list as there were so many amazing places to visit, but it was always in the back of my mind. I first visited…

Smith Tower – Seattle’s Gothic Skyscraper

In Seattle the most iconic structure is the Space Needle, the tallest is the Columbia Center (76 floors) but for me the most interesting is the Smith Tower. An old school 42 floor skyscraper with a pyramid shaped gothic tower. Construction of the Smith Tower started in 1910 and it opened in 1914. The tower was built by Lyman Smith…

Kerry Park – Seattle’s View

Kerry Park is a small park located on West Highland Drive on Queen Anne Hill and is the place to go for photographers and sightseers alike. It provides probably the best view of the Space Needle and Seattle’s city skyline. On a clear day you can add Mount Ranier into the mix too. Different seasons, different times but always a…

Happy New Year 2012 at the Space Needle

January 1st, 2012 To ring in 2012, Seattle’s iconic Space Needle put on a spectacular 8 minute fireworks display that was started with a countdown like a NASA rocket take off and all timed to music (mostly space themed including music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek – The Next Generation, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”…

Seattle Christmas lights are go!

November 25th, 2011 Seattle Center Christmas Lights How quickly a year goes by! There is only one month to go before Santa Claus pays a visit and tonight the Christmas lights started to go on in Seattle. I had planned to watch the tree and star lighting and fireworks downtown, but there were thousands of people there, and crowd movement…

City Icons: Seattle’s Space Needle

When I travel I always like to take a look at the landmarks that make a city instantly recognizable around the world. Some of the more famous ones that spring to mind include the Sydney Opera House (constructed 1959-1973) and Harbour Bridge (1928-1932), Berlins Brandenburg Gate (1788-1791), London’s Big Ben (the tower 1843-1858), the Eiffel Tower in Paris  (1887-1889 for…

Spooky light & fog over the Space Needle

August 28th, 2011 Seattle Centre Even though it ultimately was a warm and sunny day, a strange fog hung over parts of Queen Anne on this morning. As the sun was rising this created some rather spooky yet cool light effects through the fog and superstructure of the Space Needle which added an extra dimension to the…