Smith Hall grotesque (2-Feb, 33/366)
Several buildings on the UW campus have gargoyles, but Smith Hall's have a twist. There are several different characters, including a fish, a person with a lot of books, and this one with a gas mask.
Rainy commute (3-Feb, 34/366)
My window at work is over what must be one of the busiest Seattle intersections during commute hours. Used to be you were guaranteed to hear honking but it seems that the intersection is blocked less often than before by people not clearing the intersection when the light changes.
20th Avenue footbridge (4-Feb, 35/366)
I walk across this bridge on the way home each day. It's well-used by both bikes and pedestrians.
Wall walking (5-Feb, 36/366)
The “vertical dance group” BANDALOOP presented Man Walking Down the Side of a Building on the side of Meany Hall today. It was performed by Rachael Lincoln and choreographed by Trisha Brown. There were quite a few people gathered around, but I was able to get a pretty good place to watch.
Rainbow quinoa (6-Feb, 37/366)
Quinoa has earned a place in the bulk bins at the store.
Swing and rock (7-Feb, 38/366)
The Wedgwood Rock (which is technically outside the Wedgwood boundaries) is a glacial erratic which was probably carried 55 miles from Fidalgo Island by the Vashon Glacier. It's hard to imagine its size unless you're standing next to it.
Stop and go buses (8-Feb, 39/366)
The transit tunnel in Downtown supports both trains and buses. The far bus on the right had problems, which is why there were so many backed up. There was also a train waiting in the tunnel just south of the station.
Obelisk perch (9-Feb, 40/366)
This morning was very foggy, which gave an interesting texture to Red Square on the UW campus. Broken Obelisk by Barnett Newman is one of four installations of the object (others are in Houston, New York's MOMA, and in New Windsor, NY). In the background is Suzzallo Library, the central campus library. The crow at the top of the sculpture didn't stay very long; it flew off not long after this shot.
Indoor ravens (10-Feb, 41/366)
The lobby at the ground floor lobby Allen Library includes many ravens flying overhead, both applied to the ceiling and hanging. This work, Raven Brings Light to this House of Stories, is actually a collective work, with the ravens, a cedar table, peoms, study desks, a book, and the title on the wall in large print (both in English and Lushootseed, the language of Native Americans ancestral to what's now known as Seattle. It's pretty easy to overlook the ravens as you're coming into the lobby.
Blue power (11-Feb, 42/366)
Northgate Mall installed power stations so people could charge things, mostly phones.
Brutally nuclear (12-Feb, 43/366)
The More Hall Annex used to be a nuclear research facility, which included a small reactor. The Brutalism architecture is very striking with its liberal use of concrete, especially in contrast to the brick and glass of the Allen CSE building.
View from the hill (13-Feb, 44/366)
Arguably boasting the best view of the city, Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill is a popular destination. Just as iconic as the view, Changing Form by Doris Totten Chase can be found framing the Space Needle in many photos from the park.
Crocus (14-Feb, 45/366)
Our crocus are the first blossoms of the year. We have them in planter boxes near the front door, as well as scattered through the yard.
Origami crane (15-Feb, 46/366)
I folded cranes for my son's birthday, and this is one of the few that are left over. I folded several cranes for my son's wedding last year. For one set, I used a different kind of paper (several solid colors) to make an arrangement of 1,000 cranes, and the 1,001st was a patterned one similar to this. I also folded others like this one to decorate the reception tables.
Morphological rings (16-Feb, 47/366)
Sitting near the School of Law, Cris Bruch's Department of Forensic morphology Annex is made of small panels tied together,with a partial understructure of rings and rods, sort of like Tinker Toys. As a whole, the piece looks almost like a Frank Gehry building. I've always found it hard to get a good shot of the whole piece, which is why I decided to focus on one part of it, looking through the inside to the opposite wall.
Camellia detrius (17-Feb, 48/366)
The winter has been so warm that things are starting to flower early. The camellias near the University Bookstore have been flowering long enough that the blossoms which got knocked down by the rain have decayed quite a bit.
Twiggy chandelier (18-Feb, 49/366)
There used to be a Häagen Dazs store near work, but it suddenly closed a while back. A new ice cream shop opened in its place recently, and the interior design seems a lot like things were picked because they were interesting. This is the ceiling, and the floor is covered with pennies with a sheet of acrylic over them; other than having metal in common, they don't really seem to go together.
Bass strings (19-Feb, 50/366)
I started playing the piano in second grade, and this particular piano has been with me for almost 40 years.
Painted red (20-Feb, 51/366)
We took our nephew and niece to Gas Works Park today. The weather was great, but there weren't as many people there as I would have expected. The park has lots of old machinery and piping, painted bright colors.
Old math (21-Feb, 52/366)
My dad's slide rule has a lot of features, many which could be done using a more basic slide rule. The features enable shortcuts and remove a lot of the need for trig and log tables. This computation takes inspiration from today's date; if you need to look 21° (read on the scale on the slide which as “45” on the right) up from the ground to something which you know is 2 (or 20, 200, etc., read on the top scale on the bottom section) units tall, you know it's a bit over 5.21 (or 52.1, 521, etc., read on the same scale as the “2”) units away from you.
Sundial (22-Feb, 53/366)
The UW astronomy department has a sundial buff on its faculty, and he designed this sundial for when the new Physics/Astronomy building was built. Due to construction, the best view is from across the street. The extra shadows are from a construction crane which was behind me.
Brick monoliths (23-Feb, 54/366)
Red Square sits above a parking garage, and the vent comes up through one of these towers. Two more were added for aesthetic reasons. The shadows change throughout the day, and are almost always interesting.
Quiet study (24-Feb, 55/366)
The façade of Suzzallo Library is well-known. Just behind the windows is this reading room, which is pretty well-used considering how it's not of the way of the main areas.
Shadows on brick (25-Feb, 56/366)
PACCAR Hall has a lot of interesting angles, which is why this isn't the first photo I've used of the building (and I expect to use it again as the year goes on). These awnings are interesting because they aren't solid, which is why their shadows are so interesting.
Early rhododendron (26-Feb, 57/366)
As I was walking exiting the Grieg Garden on campus I noticed these small rhododenron blossomss, which are even flowering before the azaleas.
Dirty filter (27-Feb, 58/366)
It was time to change our furnace filter, and this is what the old filter looked like. It's a pretty fine filter, which is why it collects so much dust and makes it look like a black and white photo, even though it's color. The most interesting part was trying different ways of lighting the filter to bring out the texture; I ended up with a flash on the other side from the camera.
Cactus offshoot (28-Feb, 59/366)
There are a few cacti which I've had for over 30 years, including this one. It grew way too large for the pot it was in (it was flowing way over the side), so late last year we cut it way back and repotted it. So far it's surviving. I believe it could be a member of the Echinopsis genus.
Steel and Glass (29-Feb, 60/366)
Near Thornton Place (a retail/residential complex next to Northgate Mall) is a set of sinewy columns which have discs made of crushed glass. There are also several smaller versions of these discs embedded in the concrete that goes through the residential areas.