Posts tagged “Urban

Lake City Way, Feb 01 2014, 11:31 AM


English Ivy, in the trees and covering the ground.


At the Gate


How about a little color for a change? I was thinking black and white when I shot this, but I like it better this way. (By the Glacier Northwest cement company in southwest Seattle.)

Lakeview Blvd E, Mar 08 2014, 10:01 AM


Below St Mark’s Cathedral on the west side of Capitol Hill — some very tony real estate. Mostly English Ivy with some Old Man’s Beard.

Rainier Avenue S, Feb 22 2014, 11:33 AM


Mostly Old Man’s Beard, also known as Wild Clematis.

Lake City Way, Feb 01 2014, 11:55 AM


Hope you’re not getting tired of weed photos, because I’m not. The “place and time” title of this photo is an experiment. I’m thinking of calling this project “Invasion” and giving all the photos titles like this to add a sense of immediacy and movement that we don’t normally associate with plants.

Give a Goat


We’ve given goats before, but unfortunately, I don’t recommend it if the person in whose name you’re giving tends toward conservatism. They may view the gift as more of a political jab. Just saying.

Anyway, if you’re celebrating Christmas today, I hope you have a merry one. Thanks for reading my blog.

South Substation and Charlie’s Produce Trucks

I don’t know much about Charlie’s Produce other than they have a lot of trucks and they keep pretty busy. They were coming and going the whole time I was here, prowling around Seattle’s South Substation looking for photographs. So far, nobody’s arrested me for pointing my camera at electrical infrastructure.

South Substation is the biggest in the city and receives juice from four high-voltage lines, stepping it down for distribution to, presumably, the southern half of the city. A line is a set of three wires. A generator outputs to one line. A six-armed transmission tower holds two lines. A step-down transformer in a substation like this one takes power from one high-voltage line and outputs it to several lower-voltage lines. Such a transformer is about the size of one of Charlie’s trucks and has three huge insulators sticking up to receive the incoming line. The output lines exit through underground conduit, so you typically don’t see them.