Fantasy views

More of that view.

1630 36th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

The skyscrapers on the far side of the lake are Bellevue. I’ve never understood why a suburb like Bellevue needs skyscrapers, but there they are, looking silly. The neighborhood these houses are in is called Madrona.

1630 36th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

And there again, with the Cascades – and, apparently, a bunch of smog. If the picture had been taken in winter or spring, there would be a lot more snow in those mountains.

And here is the shy local celebrity:

1630 36th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

That there is a volcano. Also the tallest mountain in the lower 48.


  1. Al Dente says

    I’ve never understood why a suburb like Bellevue needs skyscrapers

    A suburb with pretensions of grandeur.

  2. imback says

    Mount Whitney (14,505 feet) in the Sierras is slightly higher than Mount Rainier (14,411 feet). I used to live uphill from Madrona atop Capitol Hill; from my roof deck I could see Mount Rainier and (the other way) the Olympics.

  3. Phillip Hallam-Baker says

    Oh don’t worry about the 94 feet, Rainier is still active and continues to grow as the molten magma beneath the surface pushes up the rock above it as it tries to escape and bury the Redmond club and Windows 8 in the firery pits of hell. Bwaahaaahaa.

    Thats why they changed to Windows 10. So that the volcano God got the message.

    The Bellvue skyscrapers are mostly hotels and the reason they are there is that you really don’t want to have a conference with folk from the Eastern Seattle suburbs trying to make it into Seattle in the mornings. Also there are office blocks for people who want to sit in their office building and see the Seattle skyline. Same thing happens in Jersey City only more so. If you have an office in NYC you have a view of Jersey of the Bronx at best. In Jersey City you have Manhattan.

  4. Trebuchet says

    The Bellvue skyscrapers are mostly hotels…

    I don’t think that’s actually the case. Probably mostly full of lawyers and brokerage firms and such, just like tall buildings in every other city. (citation needed)

    Oh wait, here’s a citation:,_Washington
    Hyatt Regency, at number 14, is the tallest “all hotel” building, although there’s a hotel in one of those tied for first. What I completely overlooked was residential, mostly condos.

  5. Latverian Diplomat says

    Bellevue is where most of Microsoft is. The main campus straddles the Redmond/Bellevue line, but most of it is in Bellevue. It’s quite a prosperous community, with a lot of well educated residents from around the country and around the world. There was a condo boom there at the end of housing boom, which has definitely passed, though I don’t think it crashed as hard as elsewhere.

    And I doubt that’s smog you are seeing, it’s probably just fog.. This area only has air quality problems under specific atmospheric conditions, it’s not a regular thing.

  6. says

    Fog isn’t light brown unless it’s smog. This area has air quality problems under specific atmospheric conditions that occur quite often, so it is a pretty regular thing. One such condition is after a day or two of sun with no wind, and the day that picture was taken was apparently one such day.

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