Tales from the Rain City- Seattle

photograph of a train in Seattle by susan sheldon nolen

Shot through the glass windows of King Street Station Seattle


I love travelling by train. I’ve been in all sorts of train stations, but I have to say, I have never been in one without a clock, or a board clattering away with times and destinations. It was unnerving to walk about this train station in downtown Seattle. It was stunningly beautiful. Strikingly clean.

The White Marble Glory of a train station

The White Marble Glory of a train station

Everyone was sitting down on benches, it felt almost like a sacred space. Voices were hushed, no coffee stands to grab a hot drink, no chance of a  last-minute paper to grab and read on the train. It felt tomb like. Suddenly people would get up and go somewhere. I was totally lost. Which train? Where? When? Which door to choose?

photograph of king street station in seattle washington

Which Door Do I take?

You really have to know this ahead of time and which door to go through. Buses also leave from this station. So with no other choice I went up to the ticket office and asked. Oh, right outside, you’ll see it. Okay…I thought…and went out the door and said farewell to a visiting friend. Odd though…not to have a board or a clock, but maybe in this station there is only one place to go and one to come from and when that happens…who cares what the time is? But then I had to eat my words, right in the middle of all the white marble, gleaming brass was one large clock. Ahem…Photograph of clock at king street station seattle susan sheldon nolen

About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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4 Responses to Tales from the Rain City- Seattle

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen a train station like that before either. So pretty. If we described one in our fiction like that, no one would ever believe us. 🙂

  2. Must visit that one on my next tour of Seattle.

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