What I mean by quiet interludes are the sunny, calm winter days here in the rainy Pacific Northwest. Just in one month we had experienced an early rare snow, below normal temperatures, and a “Pineapple Express.” Yes, I know you are wondering what in the world a “Pineapple Express” is. It is a warm, moisture laden system originating from the sub-tropics of the Hawaiian Islands. And for reasons I can’t explain since I am not a meteorologist, the weather system makes a bee-line for the Pacific Northwest, mainly Washington. Imagine a firehose being turned on for 24-48 hrs. What ensues are landslides and regional rivers overflowing their banks. The warm temperatures associated with the system help to melt some of the snowpack in the higher elevations of the Cascades and Olympic Mountains causing their rivers to flood. And yes, we did have several landslides and major flooding that affected homes, infrastructure, property, electricity, and major rail lines.
We are past the doom and gloom and in the recovery phase now. To witness the sun in all its glory and to experience quietude for just one day in-between weather systems has always been a treasure for many living here. One must take advantage of the situation and jump into their car and head for spontaneous destinations. I have learned to become spontaneous. And on this one particular day this week, this one beautiful, sunny quiet interlude, I jumped into my car without giving it a second thought, grabbed my camera and drove down to the waterfront in Tacoma. This area is always a good viewing point for the Olympic Mountains and Mt Rainier. I settled for a parking area close to the new Chinese Reconciliation Park, which is still in the process of being built. You can read more about the project at: http://www.crpftacoma.org
Below are some photos capturing the snow covered Olympic Mts as seen from Puget Sound and also a few views of the walk-bridge in the Chinese Garden Park. The bridge is fascinating in that a little cove inlet was built to flow under it to accomodate the high tide coming in from Puget Sound. It really is beautiful aesthetics.