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Saturday Morning In The Park – Excerpts From A Photo Shoot

In our community, we have two lakes that are the focal point for a lot of social activities. Around the lakes, it is a park setting with a continuous wide sidewalk that always has walkers and joggers enjoying the fresh air and outdoors. The lakes are not physically connected, but sit right by each other. The sidewalk connects them for all of us to easily go between the two. They are called North Lake and South Lake. I love the creativity in the names (yes, sarcasm) and frankly would argue that they aren’t really lakes, but large ponds. It is 2.5 miles around both of them, so we are talking “large ponds”. Both are man made and serve more than just aesthetic beauty. They actually hold recycled water that is used throughout the community to water the vegetation. You must remember, this is Arizona and we are in a desert, but we have learned early on, how to utilize water wisely. And with that said, since it is Arizona and we’ll take what we can get in water…the term Lakes works.

I decided to get up early last Saturday morning and take a walk around the two lakes. I’ve attached six shots from my morning adventure.

Estrella Mountain Ranch - North Lake - Goodyear, Arizona

Saturday Morning In The Park 1

The first shot is at the end of North Lake where there is an open-air amphitheater in the lawn stepping down to the lake with the water fountains as backdrops. Throughout the year concerts are held here representing a variety of music. Notice the early morning couple walking their dog. As I said earlier, the sidewalk and the lamppost go the full 2.5 miles around the lakes with sidewalk connectors into various neighborhoods.

Saturday Morning In The Park 2

Saturday Morning In The Park 2

The second shot is from South Lake looking back east towards the Estrella Mountains as a backdrop. If you look real close along the sidewalk, you’ll see a parent pushing a stroller coming out from under the Palm trees and to the far left, a gentleman sitting on a park bench.

Saturday Morning In The Park 3

Saturday Morning In The Park 3

The third shot shows the end of South Lake, where there is a large park hosting tennis courts, picnic pavilions, playground equipment and a boat ramp for very small boats.

Saturday Morning In The Park 4

Saturday Morning In The Park 4

The fourth shot shows the sidewalk as it winds its way through the picnic pavilions.

Saturday Morning In The Park 5

Saturday Morning In The Park 5

The fifth shot takes us back over to North Lake, where there is a clubhouse hosting a swimming pool and water features that help beat the heat for all ages from young kids up to….well, let’s just say people my age and older.

Saturday Morning In The Park 6

Saturday Morning In The Park 6

The last shot is the dock, which sits close to the clubhouse. From here you can get kayaks, paddle-boards and small sailboats to go out on the water.

Our heat hasn’t gotten too intense yet, so as the day progressed, so did the activity around the lakes. As a side note, I mentioned the lampposts that go along the sidewalk around both lakes…summer nights are a great time to also take the walk as it is well lit, the temperature is more tolerable and the lights reflecting off the water …beautiful. I feel another photo shoot opportunity! Thoughts?

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Gas Works Park – Excerpts from a Photoshoot

I am continuing in my sharing of photography I did when I was up in the Seattle area in September. Today, I have attached 9 shots I took of Gas Works Park on Lake Union in Seattle. This urban park is really an interesting experience. Check this Wikipedia Link to see an aerial of the park to get an idea the size, how much is grass and how much is left over from the gasification plant.

For anyone not familiar with this park, Gas Works Park is a 19-acre public park located on the north shores of Lake Union. Lake Union is just north of downtown and is well known for the houseboats that dot the shoreline as permanent residence (used in movies like Sleepless in Seattle). Besides pleasure boating, the lake is also used for seaplanes landing and departing between Seattle and the San Juan Islands as well as Victoria, Canada on Vancouver Island. The site itself is the old Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant. The park is famous for the remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the US. The land was bought by the city of Seattle in 1962 for purposes of turning it into a park. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

Gas Works Park 1

Gas Works Park 1

The first shot confirms you are in Seattle with the Space Needle in the background and gives you an idea of the expanse and openness of the lawn area.

Gas Works Park 2

Gas Works Park 2

The second shot shows part of the largest part of the plant that is still on the site. The last time I was here (2.5 years ago), these structures weren’t fenced off and there wasn’t the amount of graffiti on them. I am assuming the two are related.

Gas Works Park 3

Gas Works Park 3

The third shot zooms in on the structure; with the graffiti being a rather sad statement to the intent of the park.

Shot number 4 gives you an idea of some of the remnants that are free-standing scattered across the lawn.

Gas Works Park 4

Gas Works Park 4

 

Number 5 is a series of concrete arches that must have supported large pipes connecting the facility just displayed with the facility in the next series of photographs.

Gas Works Park 5

Gas Works Park 5

Shots number 6 -9 are pipes clustered around and in a pavilion across the park from the initial shots. The bright colors remind you of a children’s playground.

Gas Works Park 6

Gas Works Park 6

Gas Works Park 7

Gas Works Park 7

Gas Works Park 8

Gas Works Park 8

Gas Works Park 9

Gas Works Park 9

I hope I have done the park justice with these shots and given you a taste of the uniqueness of it. I applaud the city for their dream of turning this into what is the most unusual urban park I have ever been to. Thoughts?

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