September 27, 2013 at 5:42 PM
Sketched Sept. 19, 2013
How fitting for a city with a reputation for rain and clouds to have a park where you can learn all about the weather as it unfolds before your eyes.
For example, did you know the shape of a raindrop changes 50 times per second as it falls through the air? It might look like a jelly bean, or a pancake, or a peanut, or a hot dog or a football.
I learned this and other timely meteorological facts at Weather Watch Park, a tiny pocket park tucked between waterfront condominiums along Beach Drive Southwest in West Seattle.
Designed by local artist Lezlie Jane in 1990, its centerpiece is a concrete bench that curves around a pole topped with a weather vane. “Weather Words,” photos of clouds and information about the site — a mosquito-fleet ferry dock in the 1910s — turn this artful spot into both a science and a history lesson.
Daily visitor Steve Kendall likes its design because it prompts you to look up to the big, open sky.
As we enter the Season of Grayness, may that remind us that clouds can also be fun to watch.
June 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM
Sketched June 23, 2013
What good timing! My Sunday sketch outing with the local urban sketchers group coincided with an exceptional low tide in Edmonds.
I set out to draw under the ferry dock with fellow sketcher Chandler O’Leary, a Tacoma-based artist and printmaker. Here, the water usually reaches almost to the top of the pilings, but because of the low tide, the space was open and walkable. We sketched for about two hours as dozens of families tiptoed through this unexpected marine cathedral, taking photos and yelling with excitement at the sight of every gooey creature. “Look, sweetie, it’s a baby sea star!” (Be sure to check Chandler’s drawings on her blog. They are amazing!)
If you can get to the Puget Sound shoreline on a low tide day, I recommend it. Unless you are one of those intrepid scuba divers or visit an aquarium, when else can you ever see marine life this close?
The pocket sketchbook spread shows drawings I did at the same location a couple of weeks ago.
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