Great blue herons can be found in many Seattle neighborhoods. The majestic birds fly with slow wing-beats and stand quietly along bodies of water where they feed mostly on fish — steelhead smolts are a favorite.More
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Sketched April 23, 2014
For those who work in the local maritime industry, boating season doesn’t start today. It’s a year-round occupation.
Once every three weeks, for example, Capt. Brent Bierbaum and the crew of the Arctic Titan load up their tugboat with food provisions and embark on a 1,400-mile journey to Alaska. The job: to transport a barge the size of a football field all the way to Whittier, a rail-yard outpost on Prince William Sound. From oil-train cars and refrigerated containers with frozen bread to machinery and even boats, the barge’s deck is packed five-stories high. Imagine maneuvering that load through tides and narrow inlets along the coast of Canada. “It’s a huge responsibility,” Bierbaum said.More
Sketched April 1, 2014
I took my sketchbook to Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle for its 100th anniversary, looking for some signs of history.
And, boy, did I find some.More
Sketched Oct. 17, 2013 In Seattle’s beer alphabet, “R” is for Rainier. But the beer hasn’t been brewed or owned locally since 1999. Another ‘r’ – this one lower case – brands the new toast of the town: Reuben’s Brews. In only three years, owner Adam Robbings has gone from concocting beer recipes in his garage to…More
I’m not as crazy about pizza as some, but I appreciate the art of making food, especially if you mix in a bit of spectacle. The open kitchen at Ballard Pizza Company becomes a stage when the pizzaioli start tossing the dough into the air. The centrifugal force makes the pies perfectly round and spreads…More
Sketched Oct. 16, 2012 The door of the gutted house was cracked open, but I didn’t see Edith Macefield’s ghost roaming around. You may remember her story. When Macefield died at age 86 in 2008, a five-story retail and commercial center was being built around her little Ballard house. Despite a $1 million offer from developers, she…More
Sketched Sept. 2, 2012 Not many Seattle locations are as visually stimulating as the Ballard Locks. Just think of everything you can see there: fine engineering in action, boats of all shapes and sizes, a bascule bridge, trains, the cycle of salmon life, public art, people, gardens, you name it. During my most recent visit, I…More
I was sad to find out that Bertha Davis, the longtime Ballard school teacher and neighborhood advocate I sketched for my Saturday column back in March, passed away several days ago. Bertha, 97, had recently rallied the community to make the Ballard Tower bell toll again. An obituary written by my colleague Jack…More
Sketched March 1, 11:46 a.m., 3:08 p.m. The bell inside the Ballard Centennial Bell Tower has been silent for almost 20 years, but 97-year-old advocate Bertha Davis is clamoring for it to toll again. The 1,600-pound bell hung above Ballard’s City Hall when the neighborhood was an independent city at the turn of the 20th century….More
June 16, 11:01 a.m. [Click sketch to view larger] Unless he’ll already be on a boat, consider taking dad to the Ballard Locks on Father’s Day. From kayaks to luxury yachts and fishing boats, the steady flow of vessels between Lake Union and Puget Sound is enough to keep a guy like me entertained. They go…More