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Captured this flying seagull today at Seattle harbor. Sharing for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

 

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During one of our local sightseeing cruise last summer we took this picture of Lake Union in Seattle. The seaplane, the boat, the birds are all apt for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week.

Space Needle New Year Fireworks

The beginning of the New Year 2015!

We visited Space Needle to spend the last few hours of 2014 and welcome 2015. Every year on New Year’s Eve  the Space Needle celebrates with a fireworks show that is synchronized with music. Sharing few pictures of the evening.

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Happy New Year 2015!

Street

“There’s nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.”

This is the street of a busy and famous public market in Seattle called ‘Pike Place Market’ and is my response to the Photography 101 challenge with the theme of Street today.

Photo 101, day 2 assignment: Take a wide angle street scene with strong foreground elements.

Some more streets with fall colors can be viewed in my recent post HERE

Wallace Falls State Park

We went to this pretty little park on a sunny weekend of July. It offers some hiking trails, picnic facilities, camping and a few waterfalls. It is a very busy trail especially in summer but since we got a late start we were able to grab a parking spot close to the trailhead. The trailhead starts right under few gigantic power lines with a continuous sound of the peculiar buzzing. Once we passed under the power lines and into the tree line we were in for a beautiful hike. We took the River trail for the Lower Falls which was well shaded.

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Trailhead under power lines

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Creek at the base of the hike

The trail was well maintained and we walked through dense woods with nice terrain and bridges. Although it was a sunny day but the thick trees around covered most of the sunlight and we were walking in a well shaded path. There were a lot of signage along the way to guide us to the right direction. The mossy forest was beautiful and there were few benches along the way to take short rests. In about 1.8 miles distance we reached the Lower Falls.

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Lower and Middle Falls

Lower Wallace Falls was barely a waterfall at all, but still made for some nice photographs. Although we came in the afternoon the trail was very busy. We saw people of all ages on this trail and as this is a dog friendly trail there were many dogs accompanying their owners. After a while we marched our way to the Middle Falls. Here the trail becomes little challenging with steeper grades. It is still good for beginners and casual hikers like us. There were a few areas where it took a lot of work but it really was not that hard. The Middle Falls are about half mile from the Lower Falls and offer the best view of the actual falls. We sat there for few minutes and clicked some pictures.

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View from Middle Falls point

We decided to proceed on the trail and hike the complete 2.8 miles way to reach the Upper Falls. As we continued on our way to the top we also came across a nice panoramic view. Although the sections available to check out the views were small we still were refreshed with the distant mountains and shining sun.

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Upper Wallace Falls Vista

Finally we reached the Upper Falls. The hike to the top is only worth for the exercise as the view is far inferior to the view at Middle Falls. It was a little disappointing, because even though we were at the top of the waterfall, the way that the layout is set up makes it nearly impossible to actually see the view. There are trees and a ledge in the way. We sat there and had some snacks that we carried with us. This point was not much crowded as not everyone comes to the Upper Falls.

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Upper Wallace Falls

The waterfalls are pretty, but not spectacular.

Wallace Falls also put in some overnight cabins that are available by reservation off the state parks website. We didn’t camp or stay in cabins or explore the rest of the park area except the hiking trails.

The trail was wonderful with the sound of the rushing river and raging waterfalls accompany us for most of the hike.  Overall it was an afternoon well spent with some good form of exercise amidst beautiful views of nature.

TIP: The trail is beautiful and about an hour drive from Seattle. So it is a nice outing on a sunny day. Try to reach early in the day or later afternoon as parking may become a challenge around noon. There are lots of photo opportunities with many viewpoints so do not forget your camera. This trail is kid-friendly and dog-friendly although the pets have to be on leash. The views from the lower and middle falls far surpasses that of the upper falls so if you are feeling tired or short on time then you may skip going to the top.

Hamilton Viewpoint Park

While for one of our picnic at Alki beach we stopped at this park for the spectacular view of the downtown Seattle that it offers. It is a very small park at one end of the Alki Beach and it showcases Seattle’s urban and natural beauty. There are few benches and a beautiful lawn to relax and enjoy the eye-catching view of the downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, the port and the Cascade Mountains. This is a great spot to take a photo with the Seattle skyline. We also took many pictures of the views. We sat there for a while and stared at the mountains, the shipping lanes, the cruise ships, ferries, cargo ships and all the activity at the port. This park truly offers one of the most picturesque and complete views of Seattle city.