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September 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

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Driftwood comes and goes


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The lazy, hazy days of summer are enjoyed with sun, a driftwood log for backing and a Vashon Island ferry departing from Fauntleroy.


Seattle Times staff photographer Alan Berner explored the textures and scenes of driftwood for this Pacific NW Magazine Sunday cover story with reporter Susan Kelleher.



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Staffers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth are stacked next to driftwood at Alki Beach after a long day's journey to and from Olympic National Park.

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The Seattle skyline grows from a driftwood log used to define a path across Puget Sound next to Seacrest Marina in West Seattle.

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Sky Darwin creates transitory driftwood sculptures he calls "shiftwood" on the beach at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. His work will appear indoors in Seattle as part of the project's 2013/14 lineup, which places works of art in empty retail storefronts around the city.

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Mariah Landon, 11, dashes across long logs of driftwood washed up on the Lincoln Park beach as she plays with family and friends.

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Hanging out on the beach, Porter Landon, 10, uses a fort built by others as a sanctuary at Lincoln Park. Friend Eric Hunter is at right.

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When examined up close, driftwood has varied, abstract-painting qualities in the patterns.

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This driftwood piece now used as sculptural element obviously was not carried by the tide across from the beach at Alki.


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Michael Minor uses a piece of driftwood to stir the fire on the beach at Golden Gardens in Ballard.

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