Sights to see soon, Seattle: CONSTELLATION PARK

CONSTELLATION PARK

Constellation Park lies along the shore of Puget Sound in West Seattle. A walk here, as the sun sets over the Olympic Mountains, should be a requirement for anyone wishing to call herself a Seattleite.

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Nature-lovers, walk this park shoreline at low tide. The Seattle Aquarium often sends volunteers to help visitors identify intertidal life, and to remind visitors how to treat wildlife. From the Seattle Aquarium:

Beach etiquette:

While on the beach, please remember:

  • Walk carefully; there’s life beneath your feet!
  • Touch gently with one wet finger.
  • Observe animals where they are and please avoid picking them up.
  • Please only move rocks that are small enough to be moved with one hand and return them to the position in which you found them.
  • Please only remove trash from the beach, nothing else. Many of our beaches are protected by law.

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On a clear night it is a great place to look at the stars.

An article about astronomy and Constellation Park from Seattle Astronomy.

The sidewalk along Beach Drive SW features inlays of constellations.Kyefm486vLt1GPv8zFOfGEEJia8isdRhGWqEvJQvirQ

A map to get there.

Seattle Parks and Recreation site.

Places to tidepool in Seattle area.

Tide Guide for Seattle. Check for the next low tide.

IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE OR CANNOT MAKE IT TO CONSTELLATION PARK, FIND THE BEST PLACE NEAR YOU TO WATCH THE SUNSET. TELL US WHERE YOU WENT IN THE COMMENTS!

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Sights to see soon, Seattle: SCHMITZ PRESERVE PARK

SCHMITZ PRESERVE PARK

(5551 SW Admiral Way, Seattle, WA 98116)

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It’s free to wander the trails of this wonderful city park in West Seattle. It is a patch of old growth forest.

Look for western red cedars,

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Douglas fir trees,

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and hemlocks.

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Look for native plants: salal,

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sword fern,

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bracken fern,

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and Oregon grape.

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Watch out for nettles. They sting.

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The park is just over 53 acres.

A creek runs through the park and out to Constellation Park which lies along the shore of Puget Sound.

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The city’s parks website.

The Washington Trails Association website.

A map to get there.

IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE OR CANNOT MAKE IT TO SCHMITZ PARK, VISIT THE CLOSEST PARK TO YOUR HOME. TELL US ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS.

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SOUTHWEST SPOKANE STREET BRIDGE–Seattle Sights to see soon, for immigrants and other folk in the area

It’s free! Take a walk or a bike ride (trail map) over the West Duwamish Waterway. If the swing span for boat traffic opens, you will have to stop. You will want to stop anyway. Watch the boat and train traffic below the bridge. Gaze at Mount Rainier to the south and our fair city to the north. 20160814_13295420160814_130827_00120160814_132926_00120160814_132948_002We saw two dozen Canada geese swimming below us on our recent visit.

The concrete bridge opened in 1991. It connects West Seattle and Harbor Island. (Map)

A freighter collided with the original West Seattle Bridge in 1978. The Antonio Chavez hit the bridge in the middle of the night. No one was hurt but the bridge was stuck open.

Now Seattle has two bridges between West Seattle and the rest of the world: the SW Spokane Street Bridge is the smaller, lower bridge which opens for water traffic, and The West Seattle Bridge.

There will be some construction along the route for the next months in 2016.

IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE OR CANNOT VISIT THIS BRIDGE, VISIT A BRIDGE. WHAT DOES IT SPAN? CAN YOU WALK OR RIDE ACROSS IT? TELL US ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS.

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The Frye Museum is ALWAYS Free: Seattle Sights to see soon

You will love this small museum. It is free. It has a small restaurant. It has a terrific shop. Most important, it has several interesting shows. The Frye Museum, at the corner of Cherry and Terry, currently hosts paintings:

Chronicles of Solitude: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK—The National Gallery of Denmark, 16 JULY – 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

Film and photography:

Inye Wokoma: This Is Who We Are :THROUGH 4 SEPTEMBER 2016

Some of the permanent collection:

Frye Salon: A restaging of the Founding Collection as it was installed in the home gallery of Charles and Emma Frye. THROUGH 4 SEPTEMBER 2016

And a work-in-progress:

Xu Bing: Dragonfly Eyes (Trailer) : THROUGH 4 SEPTEMBER 2016

The paintings are quiet and inviting. The film and photography is magical.

IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE OR CANNOT VISIT THE FRYE MUSEUM, VISIT A MUSEUM NEAR YOU. TELL US ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS.

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Seattle Sights to See Now: The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center

Who is an immigrant in Seattle? Almost everyone!

The local native people celebrate their heritage at The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center. It includes a gallery, a shop, and a large room with an inlaid wood floor patterned to look like a traditional basket weave. Make sure to look at the wall materials too!

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4705 W. Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

206-369-7204

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm

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Longhouse Website

Map

Across Marginal Way is T-105 Park which sits on the Duwamish Waterway. A good place for a walk or picnic.

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IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE OR CANNOT VISIT THE DUWAMISH CULTURAL CENTER, VISIT A CULTURAL CENTER OF A CULTURE NOT YOUR OWN. TELL US ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS.

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Sights to See in Seattle Soon–for immigrants, long-time residents, and visitors: The West Seattle Bee Garden at Highpoint

Walk the garden. See the hives. Learn of the importance of bees. (For example, bumblebees are the only bees to pollinate potatoes. Without them would we have potatoes?) Read about keeping a garden attractive to bees.bgardenWP_20160521_006beeWP_20160521_004Signs are in English, Vietnamese, Somali, and Cambodian.

The garden sits in High Point Commons Park by the High Point Neighborhood House.

BEES ARE NECESSARY FOR OUR FOOD. IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE, RESEARCH WHAT YOUR COMMUNITY IS DOING TO KEEP BEES. IF YOU CAN, VISIT THE PLACE. TELL US ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS.

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Seattle Sights to See Now—for immigrants, long-time residents, and visitors: MOOD INDIGO

Member Viewing: Dunhuang and Mood Indigo

Member Viewing: Dunhuang and Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo:

Textiles From Around the World, a wonderful show including indigo-dyed textiles from Africa and worker clothing from France and Japan at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill.

There is a fabulous new giant cloth sculpture hanging from the ceiling. You can walk into it and be surrounded by blue. The same room is ringed with dried plant material, a source of the blue dye. The show takes you around the world. Humans have made beautiful and practical cloth and clothing with indigo.

Until 9 October 2016

First Thursdays of each month the museum is free to all. First Fridays, the museum is free for persons 62 and older. First Saturdays, the museum is free for families.With a student identification: $5

Allow an hour.

Museum membership starts at $5.75 a month

Hours and directions

INDIGO–a color between blue and violet in the visual spectrum, a dye made from the indigofera plant and other sources.

 

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