Saturday, September 28, 2019

Autumn at Danny Woo Community Garden

9/27/19 Sixth Ave. South, Chinatown/International District
The Danny Woo International District Community Garden is a favorite of USk Seattle during the transitional seasons. If the weather is on our side, we can sketch the terraced gardens and distant views of downtown Seattle, but if not, we can duck into the cozy Panama Hotel Café across the street. Yesterday we lucked out, and the chilly morning eventually yielded to sunshine in time for the throwdown.

Happy that I wore my down parka, I was still cold with the brisk wind coming up behind me from the Sound as I sketched the view looking down Sixth Avenue South from Kobe Terrace Park at the top of the garden (left). The row of bright yellow trees punctuated by the ID’s iconic red street lamps caught my eye (and as soon as I finished, I realized the perspective of those lamp posts was way off!).

9/27/19 entrance to Danny Woo Gardens
After getting some hot genmaicha from the Panama Hotel Café to warm my hands, I pulled up my hood and went back out – and immediately saw the next view I wanted to capture: It was the trellised entrance to Danny Woo Gardens framed by more yellow trees.

My self-photobombing aim was a bit off, too.


  1. Glad to hear you are getting some colder weather. Not happening here in NE Florida.

    The coldest I have ever felt was on February at Fort Casey on Whidbey Island. Standing on one of those battery casements with the wind whipping off of the water was COLD.

  2. Brrrr....sounds too cold to me. I am so thankful that we still have been having warm days here, although it is making me lazy because I want to just go to the beach and enjoy the days there while I can. These are really nice sketches. The red streetlights add a vibrant contrast to the yellows of the leaves.

    1. Thanks, Joan! Unlike the rest of the country, we've gone straight from summer to winter! We're supposed to get temps in the 40s this week!


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