Last week, it snowed in Seattle.

It’s not a common occurrence here. We are accustomed to our precipitation in a more thawed form. The city is simply unequipped to handle it – we have a serious shortage of both snow plows and common sense (this year city officials made the brilliant move of using a chemical deicer too early – and failing to salt the roads afterwards. The result? The deicer melted the snow on the roads, turning it into liquid, which later froze. The roads were covered in sheets of ice).  Even the slightest dusting of snow closes down schools and has people phoning in to work.

And last Monday was no exception – I gave Rand a ride to work, but I told him he’d have to get himself home (he was lucky enough to catch one of the few buses that didn’t jack-knife on the icy roads). I proceeded to go for walk and ran a few errands (and I mean I literally ran them, as I couldn’t drive and my bus never came). Here are 10 photos from my frozen wanderings …

  1. Under the I-5 bridge at dusk.
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    Not visible from here: the insane traffic that had people moving at 1 mph.

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  2. Self-portrait in the snow.
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    I can't tell if "You look great in a parka!" is a compliment or an insult.

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  3. Snow-covered city street (I know this isn’t a big deal in most parts of the north, but in Seattle, this is crazy).
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    A.k.a., June in Minnesota.

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  4. Frozen Fords.
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    Not to be mistaken with "fjords". BWAH HA HA HA HA. See what I did there?

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  5. Palm tree in the snow.
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    It's like a really crappy foreign exchange program for plants.

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  6. Snowy stairs.
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    I am pleased to inform you that I did not slip on these. Elsewhere, yes. But not on these.

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  7. Frozen rose (frose?)
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    Note to self: those gloves kind of make you look like a serial killer.

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  8. A very cold marina.
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    Just out of view were some kids building a somewhat pathetic snowman. He's long-gone now.

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  9. Smiley face.
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    I did this to a bunch of cars. I regret nothing.

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  10. Rand hobbling around in the snow.
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    He's had to walk with a cane lately on account of his back. Still adorable, though.

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Comments (9)

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    @craisbower says:

    I know we live in a temperate climate and have lots of hills, and we all grow tired of hearing comparisons from folks, myself included, who grew up with “real” snow, but your images confirm it – there was hardly any bloody snow on the ground at all!! Thanks for sharing. C

    (And come to Media Bistro Party next Tuesday night at Kate’s Pub in Wallingford. Lots of photographers there. http://www.mediabistro.com/events/view_event.asp?id=15914

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      Everywhereist says:

      We really shot ourselves in the foot this time – particularly with the city actually ICING THE ROADS in their attempts to de-ice them. That still amazes me.

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    Trisha says:

    Nice. It has snowed once – and only once – here in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area in the 10 years I’ve been living here, and it didn’t last long enough to get a camera out and take pictures. Sigh. Be grateful that at least you do, indeed, look great in a parka. I shall hereinafter think of you as “Nanook”.

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    Lisa says:

    I see you got a little frost.

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    Nancie says:

    Sounds like the government peons in Seattle has as much common sense as the peons in Korea. Korea’s idea of snow removal equipment is bags of sand at every second lamp post. DYI snow removal :)

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    Poi says:

    Gorgeous Photos! It’s wierd everyone I know is talking about snow back in England but being in Thailand I’m finding it very hard to remember what being cold feels like!

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    Laura says:

    There are a lot of things I miss about the Pacific Northwest, two things that are not among them are the snowpidity and the inane newsreporting that happens after earthquakes.

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    i randomly stumbled up on your page, haha.. i was googling seattle pictures and this popped up! anyway, i broke my wrist during this batch of snow we had, and it’s still messed up a year and 1/2 later! our neighborhood in lake city/northgate got MUCH more snow than this, which i think might be why they “shut down the city” haha.. but i like your pictures!

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