Finding Red in Washington

Who doesn’t love red?  Not me.  So I went looking through my archives and came up with lots of red from travels in my home state, ‘the other Washington.’


I saw this one day as I was walking to the Sculpture Park downtown and immediately thought of badminton. Wrong!  It’s an umbrella turned inside out from the wind, about right for Seattle.

I had no such trouble identifying this one correctly. Popsicle anyone?


Ninety miles north or so you will find ‘For Handel’ at Western Washington University in Bellingham.  I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for this charming town and college campus and still find the sculpture as wonderful as when I attended school there, sometime in the last century.


Let’s cross the mountains now and find some more red at Apple Annie’s Antique Gallery in Cashmere.  Though we’re mostly ‘de-collecting’ these days, it’s still fun to look through the gallery, wax nostalgic and grab a chocolate milkshake at the Fifties Diner.


While we’re on the other side of the mountains I might as well finish up in the tiny town of Zillah.  Remember the Teapot Dome Scandal?  Don’t worry, nobody else does either.  The corruption scandal involved the U.S. Dept. of Interior leasing government oil reserves in exchange for bribes. This gas station was built in 1922 as a memorial to the scandal but the real Teapot Dome was the location of one of the oil reserves in Wyoming

Are you seeing red yet?

For the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Find Something Red.

~ Susanne

32 Comments on “Finding Red in Washington

  1. I’m not familiar with first two “red” images found in WA state, but am certainly familiar with Apple Annie’s in Cashmere as well as Teapot Dome station in Zillah. What a lovely trip you’ve had!

    • Yes, it was fun finding the red! I hadn’t seen the first two in Seattle until I took a walk downtown a couple years ago. I think they’re relatively new on the scene! 🙂 I’m glad you’ve been to Cashmere and Zillah as both are off the beaten path but have fun things to offer! 🙂

  2. When I was in high school the state theater competition was held at Western. Schools from all over came to compete in various categories like one act plays, monologues, etc.

    One of my strongest memories of that weekend (other than being theater kids running loose on a college campus 😂) is of that sculpture. I’d never seen anything like it up til then and it was quite imposing. Now whenever I see a big red metal sculpture similar to it I can’t help but think, “what a rip off.” 😀

    I wish I’d known that gas station was there when I passed by Zillah in November on my way to Boise. I’ve seen pics of it before but it never stuck in my head where it was. I would definitely have stopped to take photos!

    • Aw thanks for sharing your memories! The sculpture at Western is definitely cool!

      The Teapot Dome is fun to see. We stopped by on a road trip to Boise first, then Yellowstone. It’s definitely something to stop by on the way to somewhere else. 😊

  3. Oh my gosh that teapot gas station is so kitschy, I love it! One wonders what they were thinking when they designed/built it :-). Loved your response to the challenge.

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it! I don’t think many people know about the teapot dome scandal.. too many other ones have followed! 🙂

  4. Good to see splashes of red when it is dull and wintry. The teapot is always fun to see!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks Pete. 🙂 Red really brightens things up, doesn’t it? I love the teapot dome gas station too! I’d heard of it for years and only saw it once on our road trip to Yellowstone.

  5. Hi, Suzanne. I love the teapot shot. I do remember the Teapot Dome Scandal from history class, but the details were fuzzy. Thanks for reminding us!

  6. I have never heard of the scandal – but that teapot station is just wonderful! Put a smile on my face.

  7. My grandmother remembered the Teapot Dome Scandal. During Watergate she reminded me of it, saying government corruption is nothing new!

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