Topic: Puget Sound
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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.
August 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM
Sketched July 31, 2012 [Click on sketches to see larger versions]
Even on the warmest summer day, swimming in the chilly water of Puget Sound isn’t quite as inviting as just looking at it.
If you are admiring the view near the Edmonds ferry dock, though, don’t be surprised to see scuba divers pop out of the water. Clad in wet suits, the divers emerge from the Edmonds Underwater Park, a network of submarine trails maintained by volunteers for more than 30 years.
From the shoreline, all you can see are the bright colored buoys that mark the boundaries of the 27-acre park. Under the surface, divers get an up-close look at sea life as they swim through sunken vessels, concrete blocks and tractor tires.
It’s a whole different world down there, Jaclyn Perry told me after a 90-minute dive with her buddy. “It’s very peaceful … You can only hear your own bubbles.”
Perry’s interest in diving doesn’t end with the sport. She starts college in the fall and wants to pursue a career in marine biology. Her dive buddy, Helle Hansen, said she got hooked into diving during a vacation in Guam 20 years ago.
The park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. See diving regulations on the park’s page on the City of Edmonds website.
What has drawn your attention around Seattle lately? Send me your suggestions of interesting places and people to sketch via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Have a great weekend!
April 28, 2011 at 3:50 PM
Sketched April 26, 12:42 p.m.
When I asked on Twitter what places in Shoreline I should consider sketching this week, everyone agreed on one location, Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, which used to be a sand and gravel pit for the railroad in the 1900s.
Of all the beaches along Puget Sound I’ve visited so far, this one drew me in with its wide open setting and winding road down to parking lots with astonishing views — I’m told people drive in just to watch the sunset from here.
A pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks leads you to the sandy grounds near the shoreline, where a 10-foot-tall welcome pole presides over this striking natural environment just minutes away from the buzz of the city. The bronze figure represents the Coast Salish Native Americans, the first people of King County.
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