Edy Kizaki

Walking Around Green Lake – Quiet Winter Haven

February 1, 2013 in Green Lake, Parks and Beaches

GLtreesIt’s three miles around Green Lake on the walking path.  There are actually two paths next to each other, one for those on wheels and the other for those on foot.  In the summer there are boat rentals, tennis WhiteDogcourts, the kids’ playground, the community center with a swimming pool, and sunbathers on the grass.  In winter it’s a quieter scene, but just as intriguing.

One of Seattle’s favorite parks, it is hard to imagine a day any time of year when Green Lake wouldn’t have a steady stream of dog walkers, joggers, skaters (OK more of them in the summer, but…) and even bicyclists making use of the variety of paths and the road that circle the three mile path circling the lake. Want to sit and soak in the beauty? Take a seat on the strategically placed benches. Your toddler wants to mess around in the sand or climb the play equipment? Head for the playground. Basketball? It’s there. Indoor gym and pool? Inside the community center. Grass to picnic on? Yes. Rental boats? Yes. Swimming? Indeed, although that certainly takes place mainly in the summer. And always, people watching.

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In winter the air may be mighty crisp but the walkers and runners circling the lake look intent and happy all at once, if that’s possible to imagine. It’s a factor GreenLake03GreenLake5-2of the quietly stunning scenes you will never fail to encounter if it’s bright and blue or luminously glowing grey with sunset tones and translucent violets. Clean air surrounds you and seems to transport you to a timeless grace where everything is just as it should be and Green Lake is your own personal little slice of heaven.

 

 

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Edy Kizaki

Twitter Photo Album… scrapbook of days in the Puget Sound region

November 20, 2012 in Seattle Communities, Seattle Lifestyle, Surrounding Cities

Imagine several thousand years from now, archaeologists from the future having access to the images and data we have recorded and from those forming an understanding of how our lives were… all those funny and strange videos that become memes are good in their place, but I would love to see them balanced out with unexaggerated recording of the beauty and poignancy we each experience as we travel through our everyday lives.  My contribution would be that of one who has the opportunity to travel throughout many of the communities in Puget Sound due to my work as a local Buyer’s Agent and Relocation Specialist, and who in the past (albeit only for a year before I moved on into video production then went to Japan to teach and ended up staying 14 years) was a professional photographer who took the exploration and creation of images of our daily lives seriously.

We all must have aps on our phone to send photos here and there, I find that my “Twitpics” has collected a variety of shots from being out and about in Seattle, West Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Shoreline, Edmonds, Issaquah, Sammamish, Fall City, and the list goes on.  One thing I love about my profession and the way I work is that I am familiar with the region and can help clients who are relocating to compare areas and pinpoint where they will be happiest in our Puget Sound region.  And this takes me to all these communities in the course of a month, giving me a chance to encounter sudden moment of beauty, humor, the precious daily life that resonates.

Here are the photos that I’ve collected, and will be adding more as they occur.

 

Roxy's Diner, Fremont...legendary breakfasts. on Twitpic

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Four Racoons in our garden this morning on Twitpic

Stuck on the 520 no movement last 15 min... on Twitpic

Turned out to be a beach day at Golden Gardens beach park in ... on Twitpic

Loyal Heights Elementary dragon dance parade...Daniel is the ... on Twitpic

Great, locked out of our house, at least Daniel remembered hi... on Twitpic

Snoqualmie Falls late summer on Twitpic

Wild Daniel in North Bend at Snoqualmie River on Twitpic

Green Lake at dusk, end of summer on Twitpic

Kubota Gardens...Daniel enjoys view of sky reclining on broad... on Twitpic

Kubota Gardens in Seattle...great walk, serene moment of the ... on Twitpic

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Stopping for carne asada burritos and fish travis at el camio... on Twitpic

Field of dasies looks like Easter on Twitpic

Edy Kizaki

What Time is Sunset Today?

August 31, 2012 in Ballard, Parks and Beaches, Quick Trips from Seattle, Uncategorized

There is a great website that will tell you what time sunrise and sunset occur here in Seattle (or wherever you are!)  We are making a picnic and heading down to Golden Gardens State Park, with that marvelous crescent shaped beach from which you can watch the boats in the bay, and the sun setting over the Olympics.  If we want to time it so we get a couple hours of daylight, a sunset, and an hour of stargazing before we head home to wash the sand off our feet, what time should we plan to arrive?  When do the garlic roasted potatos and fried chicken have to be packed and ready to go?  Today it appears that sunset is at 7:51 p.m., four minutes sooner than yesterday.  So… let’s get there around six and plan to leave at 9 or 9:30… better bring blankets as the breeze rises up in the evening across the water… stand by for photos!