Birch on blue (2-Jan, 2/366)
I enjoy our birch trees all year, but especially so in the winter when you can see all the branches, especially on a clear (and thus cold) day.
NE 95th Street stairs (3-Jan, 3/366)
Seattle is hillier than people realize, and we have public stairs all over the city. We use this set often going between home and Northgate.
After the rain (4-Jan, 4/366)
We got a little bit of rain, so the water drops were pretty small. Guess there are also some active spiders.
Renovating Clark (5-Jan, 5/366)
As with probably any other university, the UW has a lot of construction. This particular building is getting its masonry joints repointed.
Holiday lights (6-Jan, 6/366)
Several homes leave their holiday lights up for quite a while into the new year.
Old-school Starbucks (7-Jan, 7/366)
Seattle is known as the home of Starbucks, and the fifth store (third oldest one still open) is about a block from work. The original logo hangs inside.
Crisping lettuce (8-Jan, 8/366)
We got some lettuce delivered in our produce bag this week. We usually soak it in cold water for a while, then spin it dry, put it in paper towels, then bag it up. Usually keeps fresh through the week.
Fogged trees (9-Jan, 9/366)
We don't often get fog in Seattle, but it gives everything a greater sense of depth when it does.
Loaves (10-Jan, 10/366)
We almost always have bread around. Parmesan/rosemary/olive in front, walnut/cranberry in back.
Waiting for Star Wars (11-Jan, 11/366)
We waited a while before seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, since we wanted to get relatively good seats at the Cinerama (where you purchase individual seats).
Odegaard (12-Jan, 12/366)
Odegaard is the undergraduate library at UW. It was remodeled several years ago to open it up; there used to be a small floor between the first and second levels.
Lighted Bricks (13-Jan, 13/366)
The Allen Center (Computer Science & Engineering building) has an installation named Nocturnal Flow by Erwin Redl, an interior brick obelisk with LED lighting along the mortar. The lights are coordinated so it looks like they're flowing up the column.
Construction worker (14-Jan, 14/366)
There was police activity up the street from this construction site, and there were several workers trying to see what was going on.
Bittersweet (15-Jan, 15/366)
Fran's Chocolates is an excellent source for chocolate confections. Their bittersweet truffles are marked with a gold fleck.
Wawona in a bottle (16-Jan, 16/366)
We were able to walk around the real Wawona when it was at the Center for Wooden Boats at the south end of Lake Union, but due to lack of funds, it has been decommissioned.
Punch spigot (17-Jan, 17/366)
Today was my aunt's 100th birthday, and everyone gathered for a party. Punch was served from a fountain which had graceful spigots.
Leaving LAX (18-Jan, 18/366)
I usually fly at least a couple times a year via LAX. I mostly fly Alaska, which is in Terminal 6 (to the right), but there's better food in Terminal 7 (to the left), so I often walk over there.
Illumination (19-Jan, 19/366)
To avoid harsh lighting in my office, I turn off the fluorescent lights and use a swing-arm lamp. I like how the raking light brings out the texture of the wall.
Heavenly Bamboo (20-Jan, 20/366)
One of the few shrubs remaining from when we moved into the house is the heavenly bamboo. It gives the yard a nice splash of color in the middle of winter.
Wood and glass (21-Jan, 21/366)
The Husky Union Building was completely gutted and renovated several years ago. This glass entrance was added to the side of the building.
Mezzanines (22-Jan, 22/366)
The Seattle Public Library's central branch has very striking architecture. Just as its outside is interesting, its interior is very striking.
Space Needle (23-Jan, 23/366)
The Space Needle is the best-known Seattle landmark. It's especially well-lit in the dark.
Geoducks (24-Jan, 24/366)
While they look like largish clams, geoducks are even larger than you'd think if you hadn't seen one before. They're surprisingly quick at digging into the sand.
Cloud reflections (25-Jan, 25/366)
I try to take advantage of reflections when I see good ones. I liked how the clouds and tree came together.
Keep out (26-Jan, 26/366)
The mechanicals of our building are on the roof, right next to the roof level of the parking structure. Access is limited.
Persistent Leaves (27-Jan, 27/366)
Although most of the trees became bare on schedule last autumn, some are hanging onto dry, brown leaves.
Clear skies (28-Jan, 28/366)
The weather can swing pretty widely in Seattle. Yesterday it was raining a lot, and today it was sunny.
Crane (29-Jan, 29/366)
There's a lot of construction near work, because they're working on an underground light rail station. In addition, there's lots of new high-rise apartment buildings in the area, probably because of the future station.
Kumquats (30-Jan, 30/366)
Kumquats actually come in several varieties. Regular kumquats are in front, orangequats (kumquats crossed with a mandarin orange).
Foam (31-Jan, 31/366)
Every now and then I make tofu, which is actually not that difficult. When you first cook the puréed soybeans, a heady foam forms.