Advertising

Picture This

Seattle Times photographers offer a glimpse into what inspires their best visual reporting.

January 24, 2015 at 6:38 PM

Mariners fans take the field

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

The 17th annual Mariners FanFest at Safeco Field continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, children 14 and younger are free.

Parking at the Safeco Field garage is $5 in advance and $10 drive up.

The event includes free autograph sessions with the players, the chance to run the bases, tour the Mariners' clubhouse, throw a pitch in the bullpen, ride a zip line over Safeco Field and play carnival games in the Kids Fun Zone.

Jay Buhner and Dan Wilson will be in attendance on Sunday.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Wade Hays, of Cle Elum, is safe at second and didn't mind a little infield dirt on his clothes, he said, as he ran the bases Saturday at FanFest. Officially, fans were to keep moving and not "steal second." An estimated 28,000 were expected for FanFest weekend, which continues Sunday.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

It's a smooch for a moose as the Mariners mascot gets a kiss from Mary McGoran below the Safeco Field stands. She's with the team and was working the FanFest event.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager's Gold Glove award was on display at FanFest this weekend. The two-day event is expected to have a record 28,000 in attendance. FanFest continues Sunday.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Mariners' new slugger Nelson Cruz waves to fans at Saturday's FanFest at Safeco Field before taking questions during the "dugout dialogue."

For more photos, visit the gallery.

January 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM

Walking with the birds

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Arthur Johnston, 6, takes a very close look at two resident domesticated geese during a "Birds of Lincoln Park's Blustery Beach" walk at Lincoln Park in West Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. On the walk, led by Patty North, a volunteer naturalist for the Seattle Parks Department, the group spotted a variety of birds, including a few eagles, a peregrine falcon, cormorants, and several types of sea ducks.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Cathy Jensen, a West Seattle resident who lives near the park, takes a look through a scope as birdwatchers identify Harlequin ducks.

LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A juvenile and an adult bald eagle rest on a snag tree.



For more photos, visit the gallery.

January 23, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Step by step with an expert

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Eddy Vents, of London, dances with Genia Sanon while teaching a recent Kizomba class at the Century Ballroom. Frances Tee, a local Kizomba instructor, learned the Angolan partner dance from Vents and brought him to Seattle to instruct. Kizomba, known for its slow, sensuous rhythms, was created in Angola during the 1980s and has been growing in popularity in the Northwest in recent years. Kizomba classes are among many offerings at the Century Ballroom (www.centuryballroom.com).

January 22, 2015 at 8:29 PM

Prepping for the Seattle Boat Show

Posted by Colin Diltz

GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Eric Anderson demonstrates the Quadski, a new personal watercraft that converts to an ATV, on Thursday at Shilshole Bay Marina. It's powered by a 140HP BMW motorcycle engine and can go 45MPH either in the water or on land. When the ATV enters the water, the wheels retract and a jet drive powers the boat in the water. Anderson is the West Coast representative for the Quadski. The single seat version is $45,000. A double seat model is $48,000. You can see it up close at the Seattle Boat Show which opens Jan. 23 at Century Link Field Event Center. The boat show runs through Jan. 31. Just like what happened last year, the boat show will be closed on Feb. 1 for the Super Bowl.

For more photos, visit the gallery.

January 22, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Northwest Wanderings: A pattern of art that’s ‘totally nuts’

Posted by Colin Diltz

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Hundreds of thousands of red cedar pieces frame artist John Grade as he works on the other end of his sculpture, "Middle Fork," the piece featured in the opening of a new gallery, MadArt, in South Lake Union.

MadArt gallery is appropriately named, certainly for the inaugural piece that will dominate the space opening to the public on Sunday in Seattle's South Lake Union.

Artist John Grade thinks big and complicated, making labor-intensive pieces that have simple elegance once finished.

"Middle Fork" is composed of more than 500,000 small pieces of red cedar, glued together over the past six months by his crew and volunteers.

It began as plaster casting of an old-growth Western hemlock in the woods near North Bend.

That became the form for the finished piece, which hangs from MadArt's ceiling on wires allowing for a gentle sway. Six horizontal segments total 40 feet in length. Twenty-five branches will hover around it.

Grade sees the piece as a companion to "Wawona," which looms over the main hall of the nearby Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) and was created from the salvaged timbers of the historic sailing ship docked for many years in Lake Union.

That's a permanent installation and weighs 11,000 pounds.

"Middle Fork" is light by comparison, at less than 700 pounds.

For the artist, "it feels like an anti-gravity thing."

Gallery director Tim Detweiler said, "I had no project in mind and simply wanted John to fit the space," originally built as a Nash car dealership in 1927.

Detweiler says, when you think about the process, "it's outrageous in a lot of ways."

"Totally nuts."

The sculpture will leave MadArt in April and travel to London, Hong Kong, the Smithsonian and eventually back to the woods, to become covered in moss and disintegrate into the forest floor.

For more photos, visit the gallery.

See how Grade built 'Middle Fork'.

January 22, 2015 at 5:16 PM

Postcards from the past: Moran State Park, 1939

Posted by Colin Diltz

SEATTLE TIMES ARCHIVE

The entrance to Moran State Park on Orcas Island on Oct. 13, 1939.

Postcards from the past is an occasional feature, highlighting images from The Seattle Times historical archive.

For more postcards from the past and links to other posts, visit the gallery


January 21, 2015 at 8:08 PM

January time for peak viewing

Posted by Colin Diltz

MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Taylor Cheairs, at right, brought his friend Rempe to the pier at Seattle's Shilshole Bay Marina on Wednesday afternoon to take in the scenery, which included the Olympic Mountains. Thursday's views may be less clear, with a forecast of clouds and rain.

January 21, 2015 at 7:24 PM

Cheering for the Hawks

Posted by Greg Gilbert

GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Cortez, a three-year-old Humboldt penguin, displays his support for the Seahawks on Wednesday at Woodland Park Zoo. The penguin was born at the zoo. There are about 45 Humboldt penguins at the zoo.

More from this blog Previous entries