Seattle stormy breakthrough

An afternoon storm over Seattle’s Puget Sound clears and the sun breaks through over this beautiful working harbour full of tugs, tour boats, ferries and cargo ships. 

Mid-afternoon in late November, the misty rain over Seattle’s harbour lifted for a few minutes, and I was lucky enough to have a camera handy. Seattle is one of America’s secrets.

I’m sure the locals have created the “Always rains in Seattle” myth just so more people don’t consider moving there – that keeps housing prices affordable. While it rains many days in Seattle, the sun also shines on as many days. A fair exchange . . . Seattle is a civilised, European style city with a downtown where people live, small restaurants thrive and where local people shop at a harbourside produce market just up from the Art Gallery.

It is a city built by far-sighted engineers and innovative retailers – Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Nordstrom’s, Starbucks and Costco. Where the population has strong Japanese, Swedish and northern European populations. Where grunge, individuality and a contrarian outlook are philosophies of life, not fashion accessories.

There is also a beautiful working harbour full of tugs, tour boats, ferries and cargo ships. You can see a few of them in the photo I was lucky enough to snap. Some Photoshop to make the vision true to the emotions it triggered in me.