The Emerald City
Image Source: Thatcher Kelley Photography

The mountains are out
days of gray dissolved
in Pacific Northwest sunshine

The Olympics over Elliot Bay
Rainier, close enough to touch
towers above the Cascades

The air is infused with fresh
water from the bay, evergreens, salmon, coffee
rustic, cosmopolitan

The day has begun
cloudless, brilliant, majestic
in Pacific Northwest climes



  1. unfetteredbs said:

    love this! A tranquil picture you give us with your words. If I close my eyes I can picture the gray dissolving

    • Yeah, those Seattle days when the mountains FINALLY pop out after multiple days of gray are incredibly life-affirming. πŸ˜‰

  2. Fabulous picture and your words define Seattle perfectly on one of those rare perfect days.

    • Amazing pic, innit? Wish I had done that!

  3. Wow! That photo is amazing with words to match.
    I wish this was everyday in Seattle – I’d move there in a heart beat.

    • Correct on all counts!

  4. Dear Brian,
    My favorite thing is gorgeous photos matched with gorgeous words.

    • Dear Lis,
      My favorite thing is providing for my people.

  5. Going there in October. Great town, but too overcast for my gloomy self.

    • Enjoy!

      Sort of.

  6. Beautiful Brian.

    • Thankyaahhh

  7. Lovely! But it made my hair frizz.

    • I do try to make hair frizz with every post…

  8. rommel said:

    UNCANNY! OUT OF THIS WORLD! Like a scene from a PlayStation game.

  9. Another place I would love to visit.

    • You’ll love it, trust me.

      Great to see you here, Kate! Hope you’re recovering well and rocking the cueball look. *grin*

      • There are so many places I want to see, but Seattle is right up there and your photo has only pushed it higher. I’m doing great, thank you so much for asking. Headache free and isn’t that heaven!

      • Truly a stunning photo, innit? So glad I saw it. Hope you can make Jet City ASAP. Drop a line if you ever want trip advice.

      • πŸ™‚ I will, thanks.

  10. s.brakken said:

    born and raised in sea-town. it still has my heart, even though i have been dating portland for over 10 years now.

    • You never get over your first. πŸ˜‰

      Great to see you here! I love your work.

  11. Fabulous!

    • Gracias!

  12. Thanks Brian – for some reason the line “The day has just begun” has really cheered me up! Best wishes

    • Me too!

  13. Great picture, beautiful words.. Thank you Brian, made my evening so much better!

    • Aww, thanks! What an awesome thing to say (and read)!

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