Just two weeks after the New Year, Portland faced the first “snow storm” of the year. The result was a non-event, unlike 2008, but still quite beautiful in places.
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Every year there is a huge flower display of some sort in Pioneer Square. Some artists take potted plants and arrange them into patterns across the middle of the Square. They stay there for a few days, and then the plants are sold off cheap and the money donated to charity. This year the design was a huge world map.
Unfortunately, due to the background and amount of people around, none of my pictures of the large piece turned out. But these two closeups both turned out very nice.
Seattle’s Pike Place Market has been an institution for decades. It’s first day of shopping on August 17, 1907 saw 8 farmers, and over 10,000 shoppers. It still feels like it sees that many shoppers per a day.