There’s something soothing I find when walking through the neighborhood in Seattle where my friend lives. Perhaps it’s the familiarity of it. After all, I have visited several times and I once worked at the University of Washington, which isn’t too far.
Perhaps it’s the houses that beckon you to come in for a spell, have a cup of tea or some cool lemonade, and relax on the porch. Each house has its own individuality and personality, with a splash of quirkiness. And each seems to welcome you in its own fashion. I could walk through this neighborhood for hours on end, finding solace in its natural beauty.
My friend, who has lived in this neighborhood for many years, doesn’t see it as I do. She takes a walk when there’s a purpose–to either walk the doggies or run an errand to the grocery store nearby. But for me, God help me, all I want to do is capture the neighborhood’s vitality and color through my photography.
The key,of course, is to look about as you walk, with an eye for detail. Look up, look down. Look across the street. What do you see? Look ahead, and even look behind you. You’ll find there is so much to see. Sometimes, it’s about seeing what’s around you in a different light or from another angle. Even if you don’t take snapshots, the experience can be so eye opening. You can learn much about the people who live there by keeping a keen eye out for the ordinary and the extraordinary.
So, please indulge me as I share here some photos I took during a recent stroll. I’ve grown rather fond of this neighborhood, where the density of flowers and trees excite me with every step I take, every pulse of my beating heart. Indeed, my cup runneth over when I reflect on this lovely section of Seattle.
Such a cozy, inviting porch, don’t you think?
I crossed the street just so I could get the cherry blossom tree into the photo. I think it frames the house rather nicely.
Seattle must be a very literary city. I came across several Little Free Library installations in front yards. These libraries are designed so that anyone can take a book to read–it’s free!–and once a book has been read, return it or add a new book to the collection. This library in particular was hands down my favorite.
This bed of tulips and other flora offered me a quiet moment.
Each Little Free Library has its own unique character, much like the neighborhood does.
The magical whimsy of Cherry Blossoms!
I love how the cherry trim on the windows and front door give this house a cheerful and homey look.
A bird in the hand is nothing compared to this little one keeping guard of its garden.
March of the Wooden Soldier? As I said, each house has its own individuality.
An ideal garden for reflection.
This bird sculpture overlooks a rather colorful street mural.
Tulips dancing in the breeze set my heart aflutter!
I first discovered Bleeding Hearts many years ago when I first moved to Seattle and I rarely see them anywhere else. They are stunning in their grace and beauty and the name suits them quite well. They’re absolutely breathtaking!
And one more…
…A most unusual sight awaited me in the front window of this abode. What do you make of it?