Greenlake by Elias & Theresa Carlson in Seattle, Washington, USA

Theresa and I are lucky enough to live one block from Greenlake, which is a little three mile ring of green in the city. We walk around it every chance we get. It’s a great representation of what we love about Seattle. Easy access to little slices of nature right outside your door.

Name:Elias & Theresa Carlson

Place you live:  Seattle, Washington

Place your photo was taken: Greenlake on the North end of Seattle

Can you sum up the place you live in a short paragraph? This snippet of lyrics from The Lonely Forest’s song “I Don’t Want to Live There” which is something of an ode to the Northwest pretty much sums it up:

Give to me miles of tall evergreens,
and the smell of the ocean,
and the cool mountain breeze,
won’t you please

Seattle is simply a beautiful city in every way. We are sandwiched between the Puget Sound and the North Cascades mountain range. It’s an outdoor-loving city dweller’s paradise. You can have all the fun of a big city, with easy access to wild nature.

Occupation: Elias (Graphic Designer) Theresa (HR)

Preoccupation: Photography, adventure, and good music

What is a perfect day in Seattle? Seattle is known for its rain, and rightly so, but a lot of people don’t realize how beautiful it is here when it’s NOT gray. Our perfect day would start with sunshine, a visit to our favorite bakery or coffee shop, and a short road trip to the mountains, or the Puget Sound, cameras in tow.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? They should probably pay a visit to Discovery Park, and make the two mile trek from the parking lot to the beach along the bluffs overlooking the Puget Sound. They should also probably visit the Volunteer Park Cafe in the morning, and the Skillet Diner in the evening for some of the best coffee & food around.

A perfect meal in Seattle? I’d probably go with Skillet Diner’s Bacon Jam Hamburger. It’s insanely delicious.

What is the best thing about your spot? The combination of city living and outdoor activities.

What is the worst? Winter in Seattle is dreary. We get eight months of gray drizzle. It rarely drops below freezing here, but I’d much rather have snow. Probably the reason we have so much fantastic coffee here. It keeps us going during the gray months.

A little known fact about where you live? Summer in Seattle is paradise. It rarely gets above 80, or below 70 and everything is green and beautiful.

Where is your favorite place in the world? That’s probably a toss up between Priest River, Idaho (Theresa’s hometown), Mazama, Washington (paradise in the mountains), and Kauai, Hawaii. Depending on the season we’re almost always dreaming of a visit to one of those places.

Who are your three favorite photographers? It changes week to week, but… Missy PrinceBryan Schutmaat, and us!