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Metal Man

This fierce man of metal has stood guard on the west side of SR 169 in Maple Valley for years. He guards a picturesque pasture between the Red Dog, the local dive bar, and the Seattle Agility Center.

Normally this burly denizen has a rather robotic-looking, nutsy and boltsy sort of head. He now appears to be sporting a woolly wild man mask with ram’s horns. I did a double-take while driving past the other day because he looked so real.

Whoever welded together this tin man and his trident did a great job posing him. I for one would feel a little wary climbing that fence, as if a real person could be hiding inside the armor, waiting to lurch at trespassers like in those scarecrow prank videos.

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Lincoln 4

Now more than one hundred years old, Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington is home to a 1918 statue of Lincoln by Alonzo Victor Lewis.

One recent evening I paid a visit to Mr. Lincoln as the evening sun blazed in the west just over the rooftops, which made picture taking challenging.

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But the shadows were fabulous.

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The sun behind Honest Abe was blinding so I positioned myself in front of his likeness in order to see. The result was a subtle halo…

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Stepping back farther I snapped this photo, at the time not realizing that the angle of the buildings made our 16th president appear to have wings.

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This is a more typical view.

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The inscription on the base was difficult to read. I couldn’t tell who erected the statue.

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There are so many years of deep and colorful history on these grounds. Generation upon generation has passed through here and many have already gone on to that brilliant realm where they actually get to meet the man behind the bronze visage.

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. -Abraham Lincoln

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While driving into Conway today a girl smiled and waved at me from her perch atop a large hammer. It was so oversized that not even Thor could wield it. Her friendliness warmed my heart. It reminded me of why I like hanging out in Skagit County. People actually talk to strangers there.

After completing my errands I walked over to chat about the cheery menagerie of artwork lining their yard. I discovered that the artist, Tony Stinson, had made the gargantuan tool for his own collection but it was snapped up by someone else. From what he said this won’t be his last hammer though.

Tony’s daughter Talula was having a blast playing on her dad’s handiwork and gleefully obliged when I asked to take their picture: (more…)

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