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Alkai Beach - Seattle 2010 by Juan Goni

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Juan Goni Juan Goni
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0.34 Gigapixels
Date added
May 31, 2010
Date taken
May 31, 2010

West Seattle is an oft overlooked part of Seattle that offers one of the few destination beaches on Puget Sound. Alki Beach has a two and a half mile long pedestrian walkway, and in the summer is populated by beach volleyball players, sun worshipers, and beachcombers. Most of the beaches on Puget Sound are covered in rock and shells, but on Alki you can get sand between your toes, get some exercise, learn about Seattle’s earliest settlers, and take in a great view of the Seattle skyline.


West Seattle juts out into Elliot Bay directly West of downtown Seattle. It can be easily reached by car via the West Seattle Bridge. From downtown Seattle, follow the signs and find your way to I5 South. Take the exit for West Seattle. Once across the bridge, turn right onto Harbor Ave SW, and this will lead you around the tip of Duwamish Head, and onto Alki point. Parking can be a bit dicey on the weekend, but with patience you will probably find street parking not too far from the main strip along Alki Ave SW. During the summer, leave the car behind and take Metro’s water taxi. The Taxi leaves from a location between piers 55 and 56, and for two dollars (each way) gives you a twelve minute ride across the bay. At Sea Crest Park, the taxi’s West Seattle terminus, you will find Metro’s Free DART shuttle is perfectly timed to pick you up and take you to Alki Beach or to West Seattle Junction.


The Denny party, Seattle’s first white settlers, arrived on Alki Beach in 1851. They were helped through their first winter by a band of the Duwamish people, led by Chief Seattle. The settlers named the area New York-Alki. Alki is a native word meaning “by and by”, and the settlers chose it to reflect their hope that the new settlement would grow to achieve the size and importance of New York City. After one winter camped on the beach, most of the party moved across Elliot Bay, to the less exposed shores of Seattle’s current waterfront.

As early as 1888, there was a ferry from downtown Seattle to West Seattle – it was Seattle’s first bedroom community, though for a time West Seattle had its own thriving timber industry. In 1907, the area was officially annexed to Seattle. That same year, Luna Park, an amusement park that billed itself as the “Coney Island of the West” opened on Duwamish head, at the Northern tip of Alki beach. Though the park was open only until 1913, it’s legacy is still very much a part of Seattle history, and the idea of rebuilding it surfaces every few years. While in operation, the park’s lights could be seen from downtown Seattle; today people go to the Luna Park Seawall for the views of downtown Seattle.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 339 megapixels (45868 x 7408 pixels)
Input images: 42 (14 columns by 3 rows)
Field of view: 174.6 degrees wide by 28.2 degrees high (top=10.6, bottom=-17.6)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G11
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-05-31 16:12:13 - 2010-05-31 16:15:11
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure time: 0.000625 - 0.004
ISO: 80 - 125
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 10.4 to 13.1 percent
Vertical overlap: 14.4 to 16.2 percent
Computer stats: 4093.52 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 14:41 (21 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 2:43, Projection: 1:06, Blending: 10:52
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