September 23, 2011

Seattle As Rarely Seen

Early Morning SeattleClick to enlarge

Here's a far too rare moment in life in Seattle. Clear almost pellucid in the early morning light. The great god Mt. Rainier loom over all and the clouds part. In rare moments like this it does seem like the Emerald City, but then the rain returns and...

Photographer Thatcher Kelly:

This photo was taken out the window of an Alaska Airlines flight into Seatac airport. I was noticing how beautiful of a morning it was, decided to ignore the "turn all electronics off for landing" announcement, and pull out my camera. As the plane flew over Green Lake I was impressed with the view. I waited for the plane to start turning again so that the wing and jet exhaust wouldn't obstruct the view. I smashed my face against the seat in front of me to get both the Space Needle and Mt. Rainier in the shot without also getting the wing, and snapped away. I have to thank the ever-patient passenger in front of me who probably thought a restless 3 year old was behind her. -- Thatcher Kelley Early Morning Seattle

Posted by Vanderleun at September 23, 2011 3:42 PM
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The reason it's the "Emerald City" is all the rain. It's a blessing as well as a curse.

If the weather was better three more months a year, it would attract far too many more Californians looking to Californicate the place. Got too many of 'em now.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at September 23, 2011 4:00 PM

When I was much younger, MS Flight Simulator started by default at Boeing field, the airport in the distance, and you took off toward Mt. Ranier.

Posted by: sherlock at September 23, 2011 6:24 PM

By far the best picture I've seen of the city, but - what is the flat-topped mountain to the far right?

Posted by: The Old Salt at September 24, 2011 1:23 PM

Could be Mount St. Helens, but I'm not sure.

Posted by: vanderleun at September 24, 2011 3:04 PM

The posted picture looks unnervingly like some shots of Hiroshima I've seen.

Posted by: monkeyfan at September 25, 2011 10:25 AM

The distances are about right for that to be Mount St. Helens.

Last year I was on I-90 going west—not for the first time—but it was the first time I'd ever seen Rainier from the east. Very impressive.

Posted by: B. Durbin at October 5, 2011 9:44 PM