springtime in Seattle

Monday, 20 March 2006

smith tower My jaunt downtown last week: Smith Tower with Columbia Center (black box) in the distance behind it. Check out the website, where you can see a slow animation of ol’ Smithee being built, with photos from the period. “The Smith Tower opened on July 4, 1914. At the time, it was the fourth tallest building in the world and weighed 48,650 tons. It remained the tallest building west of the Mississippi River for almost 50 years.” Oh, and Jeff and I got married in the Chinese Room, on the top floor below the point of the Smith Tower. I just found some cool new virtual tours of the Chinese Room and Smith tower on VR Seattle!

This photo also illustrates why they created the song “The bluest skies I’ve ever seen are in Seattle.” In March, at least, when the smog hasn’t started to build up yet.

Here are some interesting murals I spotted on the construction site on the block west of the new City Hall and Civic Plaza.
Think! mural ostrich mural

And springtime by our house:

springtime mosaic

(Mosaic created with Flickr Toys. Lots of fun stuff to try out!)

Lastly, the cats: Cooper on the cat tree, enjoying the setting sunlight.
Cooper in setting sun

Jasmine found her spot in the sun:

Jasmine in the sun stretch in the sun black and white

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