Smoke On The Water

Driving home from a friend’s house late the weekend before, I had to stop to get photos of a toasted cheddar moon and blazing red telluric Mars just above it. Little did I know that, courtesy of the fires raging in Washington, Oregon, and California, we soon wouldn’t be able to see the sky for […]

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A Very Kirkland 4th

Independence Day 2020… the first Fourth of July in my lifetime without parades and fireworks and the usual community mingling. So imagine my delight when I learned of Lakeview of Kirkland’s drive-thru parade for their residents and seven veterans! Lakeview is a senior living facility south of downtown Kirkland, Washington. Among their seven veterans are […]

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Be Cool, Stay Good

Midday I was tooling along in my motor car when I noticed a crude sign taped to a speed limit signpost in Kirkland’s Rose Hill neighborhood. I pulled over to investigate. Technically it shouldn’t be taped to this pole, but the cheery scrawl on the placard intrigued me. From the mouths of babes… the best […]

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The Juanita Beach Goldfish

For years I have been fascinated with the story of a goldfish that survived the April 29th, 1965 Puget Sound earthquake. This was a strong quake that one of my parents remembers vividly. They were just kids when it happened, and as a kid I remember marveling over their description of the strong jolts, groceries […]

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Perspective

This is the cottage I call the Feriton Fairy House. Where is Feriton, you may ask? It’s on Google Maps… right smack where the Google campus is in Kirkland, Washington. KirklandHistory.org has a well-researched explanation of why this area is called Feriton. Most Kirklanders are unaware of its historic name. Located just north of the […]

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Urban Decay II

Today the middle section of the last Kirkland Parkplace building had fallen in by way of behemoth hydraulics. An excavator scraped the innards onto the ground and then into giant trucks which hauled them away to lands unknown. ©2020 H. Hiatt/wildninjablog.com. All articles/posts on this blog are copyrighted original material that may not be reproduced […]

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Urban Decay

There are plenty of ruined buildings in the world but no ruined stones. Hugh MacDiarmid Where were these photographs taken? Sarajevo? Beirut? Chernobyl? That’s what I would guess if I hadn’t taken them. These were taken last Friday in Kirkland, Washington. The last of the Kirkland Parkplace buildings was coming down. The group of brick […]

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Salsuginis Bye and Bye

Safe indeed by land to journey,But the way is rough and trying,Long the road and full of turnings;Lovely is the ship on ocean,Beautiful to ride the billows,Journey easy o’er the waters,Sailing in a trusty vessel;Should the West-wind cross our pathway,Will the South-wind drive us northward… The Kalevala, Rune XXXIX If you are a regular here […]

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Ring Around the Ghoulies

Driving down 7th Avenue near Market Street in Kirkland, you may be startled by a group of people dressed in gauzy white dancing on the lawn. While not a fan of the ghosts and gore part of Halloween, I had to stop and admire the thought that went into this macabre display. What is so […]

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