Washington My Home

My ‘place in the world’ undoubtedly starts with Seattle where I was born and raised when it was just a sleepy Boeing town. Now exploding with technology and traffic, it’s increasingly crowded and expensive to live in. No matter. What I like the most is not the city but the surrounding natural environment. And so I decided to zoom out and go with Western Washington for this week’s photo challenge, starting with Mt.Rainier, its most iconic symbol.

Mt Rainier

On a good day the mountain can be seen as a beautiful backdrop peering over and enhancing whatever lies in front.

And you can always drive the distance for a more close-up view of the mountain.

Can’t see the Forest for the Trees!

Trees, trees, trees, in our neighborhoods, forests, and parks. Can you see why Washington is called the Evergreen State?

Abundant Water

And I don’t mean rainfall, though we get our fair share of that too. Let’s start with the Pacific Ocean which forms the western border of our state. Did you know the northwest corner of Washington has some of the most rugged coastline in the country?

Of course there’s Puget Sound which is much more accessible. Just hop a ferry boat and see for yourself; we have the largest fleet of ferries in the country.

And how about more water moving in another direction at Snoqualmie Falls?

I could go on but I think that’s enough of ‘my place in the world.’  So now I leave you with a lovely rhododendron, the state flower of Washington, easily taken for granted since it flourishes everywhere.

Like everything else here I guess.

Place in the World

~ Susanne

16 Comments on “Washington My Home

  1. What a stunning glimpse of your place in the world. Superb! I hadn’t realised there had been so much recent change in Seattle itself.

    • Thanks so much for your comment. ☺ I still love Seattle too but the traffic in the area is pretty bad and the housing prices have skyrocketed the last few years.

  2. Great shots – when you fly in, it’s a sea of green surrounding the water, but once you land, it’s TRAFFIC

    • Thanks! Yes, I love the deep green and blue you see when landing here. But unfortunately the traffic is almost unbearable.

      • As you point out in your terrific story, the key is to find the places away from that traffic that show off the state

      • Thanks so much John. There’s so much natural beauty in the area it was hard to pick just a few highlites! 🙂

  3. A lovely tribute to your home state, Susanne. You have so much natural beauty close to your home, it is easy to forget how much it rains there. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Stunning! What a gorgeous place to call home!

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  7. I remember when Seattle’s fortunes rose and plummeted based on Boeing. Portland felt more secure with its timber base. Of course neither city is recognizable to those of us who knew them as small cities, with affordable housing and a solid working class base.

  8. I love this! I was able to get a glimpse of Seattle two years ago since I had a lay-over) but since then, I’ve been dying to go back and explore the city!

    • Thank you for your comment! Seattle is indeed a beautiful city and fun to explore! I hope you’re able to come back again! 🙂

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