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Space Needle Rain. Taken 19 February, 2017. Sony A7sii, FE 85mm F1.4; ƒ/4.0 1/1600 iso 320

I had the pleasure to spend one single day in Seattle last week. It was a Sunday, rainy and a little cold, but a welcome break from Montana in February. The last time I was in that part of Seattle (Downtown/Seattle Center) the Chihuly Gardens were just being installed at the base of the Space Needle. This was my first chance to enter and see Dale Chihuly’s amazing glass work in this facility.

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Chihuly Gardens Seattle Vessels on shelves

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Chihuly blown glass sculpture (wide view)

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Chihuly blown glass sculpture

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Glass spheres by Dale Chihuly

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Detail of blown glass shapes by Chihuly

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Chihuly blown glass forest

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Glass forms in the Chihuly Gardens and Glass

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Forest of glass by Dale Chihuly

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Glass surface detail by Dale Chihuly

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Detail of painted canvas at Seattle's Chihuly Gardens and Glass

There’s something about these Chihuly creations which reminds me of Roger Dean‘s art. Dean’s work is best remembered by the album covers he did for Prog Rock bands like Yes, Gentle Giant and Badger. He also created the original logo for Virgin Records in 1973.

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