Lake Union House + Boats

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Lake Union House + Boats

2012-08-31T09:44:12+00:00August 31st, 2012|Uncategorized, Urban|4 Comments
Lake Union Houseboats at Night in Seattle

Lake Union Houseboats - ©ingridtaylar

Photograph: Panasonic TZ5 (point and shoot), 15sec, f3.3, ISO100

On a Seattle night, with stars cloaked in stratocumlus clouds, when the only sight is a wisp of a rowing scull slithering under the University Bridge, the houseboats sit reflected and polished in the waters of Lake Union.

I shot this near Eastlake, on Portage Bay, one of several houseboat locations around Seattle. What was once a community of floating homes in the thousands, is now a collection of 500 or so on Lake Union. Earlier this spring, I wrote a bit about Lake Union’s industrial development, its place in Ship Canal history, and about the wildlife that still squeezes into the few available green spaces left.

This video from the Lake Union Virtual Museum is a great overview of what Seattle’s houseboats mean in terms of Seattle’s history, and how they contribute to the character of Lake Union as it is today.

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  1. Glenn Nevill August 31, 2012 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Sweet light. Well done.

    • ingrid August 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Glenn. I enjoy putting little point-and-shoots through the paces, too. I hope you are well~!

  2. Gail September 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Lovely, Ingrid! Enjoyed the video as well….and began watching other links to houseboats…then on to “tiny houses”. I may have to consider downsizing 🙂 Fun.

    • ingrid September 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Gail. You know, back in San Francisco, I got to tour a Tumbleweed Tiny House in Sebastopol. It was the company founder’s home and it was, I believe 90 or so square feet. It was tiny in the truest sense. But, talk about economy of lifestyle. Although my husband and I have never lived in huge spaces, it made us reconsider even more how much we really “need.”

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