Sunday, October 27, 2013

No. 225 Places to Photograph around Seattle on a Rainy Day

The Emerald City would not be as green as she is without a little rain. Although Seattle is not the wettest or rainiest city, that title goes to Mobile, Alabama with nearly 5 feet of annual rainfall. Washington State does not make the list of "Rainiest Cities" until Olympia, WA takes spot No. 24. 
We do have less total rain fall, but Seattle's location in the Pacific North West means it gets a lot of on shore weather from the pacific ocean colliding with cold front racing down from Canada that produce low fog, over cast and grey days. Which makes the city feel cooler, wetter during fall and winter. 
You may have noticed that few people own an umbrella but they have a closets filled with all kinds of outdoor weather clothing to deal with the soggy mess. If you are not the type that likes to be outdoors during the winter time but still have the want and crave to take images during the winter here are some great options to go visit under a roof that offer great photography opportunities.

Downtown Seattle 

Seattle Great Wheel  Take a break from the rain inside the enclosed and heated gondolas for a spin over Eliot Bay 

Seattle AquariumOur mission, Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, is reflected in everything we do—exhibitseventsconservation andeducation programs, research activities and more. This important work wouldn’t be possible without support from our community, members, staff and volunteers. Click the following links to learn more about making a donation in support of our mission, becoming a member of the Seattle Aquarium, or joining the ranks of our dedicated volunteers!

MOHAI Museum of History and Industry 
MOHAI collects and preserves the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and beyond. Highlighting innovation and education, MOHAI enriches lives by sharing the individual and collective stories of our communities. 

Pacific Science Center  
When you visit Pacific Science Center's Tropical Butterfly House be prepared to enter a tropical oasis. You will be encouraged to lighten your load by leaving coats and bulky items behind at the entrance. 
When you arrive at the door, one of the staff will greet you to facilitate your entrance into this special habitat. The facility features double doors to prevent butterflies from escaping and to maintain the tropical climate. Once inside help  preserve the health and beauty of our butterflies and the plants on which they depend by refraining from touching or disturbing them.
On your way out, be prepared to take a few moments at the exit helping us to prevent butterflies from escaping.

Tacoma, WA

Le May America's Car Museum  -  One of Tacoma's newest attractions in the developing Museum District is a great destination both for young and old motor heads. The museum is located next to the Tacoma dome and resembles an oblong entry that resembles a giant hood scoop to drivers passing by on I-5. The 4 level building houses 165,000 sq f of show floor for more than 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles from private owners, corporations and the private LeMay Collection, which is in the Guiness Book of World Records with more than 3,500 vehicles.  

Museum of Glass - You can plan on spending 1 1/2 - 2hrs visiting the museum. The gallery portion isn't the largest I have seen about blown glass, but the quality and difficulty of the collection makes enjoyable. I would start off with the "Hot Shop." Inside the landmark Hot Shop dome is an amphitheater where you can sit and watch resident and visiting art glass blowers performing their craft live with narration. At the MOG they are making glass blown art, not 4 glass bottles a second, so depending on what the current piece will be the process from start to finish can take 30min to over an hour. 

Everett, WA

Future of Flight , Boeing Tour
The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour offers the only opportunity to tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. The center and tour are made possible through the collaboration of the Boeing Company, Future of Flight Foundation, Snohomish County Public Facilities District and the Snohomish County Airport/Paine Field.
Located approximately 25 miles north of Seattle, The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is the only public tour of a commercial jet assembly plant in North America. 

Museum of Flight Restoration Center 
In addition to the Seattle campus, the Museum operates a Restoration Center at Paine Field/Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington. The center is home to approximately three dozen aircraft in varying states of restoration by the Museum's restorers. The public is welcome to visit the Restoration Center.


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