2013 Seattle-style

Frost was inch thick and the grass was crunchy underfoot but I braved the deep freeze that has descended upon Seattle and made my way down to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks with my brother and sister-in-law. It was so cold that the smoke from the fireworks hung in the sky (probably wishing for thermal undies) and the Space Needle was enveloped in smoke for most of the display, but I managed to get a few fun photos to share.

seattle washington space needle fireworks new years eve 2013

Now back indoors to take the chill off with some homemade Glühwein.

Happy New Year. Let’s make it a good one!

xxx Ailsa


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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97 Responses to 2013 Seattle-style

  1. arnoldthearmadillo says:

    Best fireworks I have seen in a while, happy New Year 😀

  2. ledrakenoir says:

    Really great shots, both the fireworks and the photos… 🙂 🙂 😉

    Happy New Year to You and Yours… 🙂

  3. DagEnDauw says:

    These pictures are really enchanting, Ailsa. May this New Year be as magic as the pictures you took on the first minutes of it…
    Wish you a healthy, careless and creative 2013!

    – Dauw –

  4. nuvofelt says:

    What a glorious celebration. Welcome to 2013, may it bring you all you wish for.

  5. jessmittens says:

    Great photos!

  6. Back here in Manchester, the Council were too poor to pay for a fireworks display so a local business man chipped in £20,000 and a good time was had by all !!!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Pauline, what a generous gesture from Gary Gore (you inspired me to read more about the event!) I remember seeing New Year’s fireworks in Albert Square one year, so glad Manchester got to celebrate the onset of 2013 Gangnam Style! 🙂

  7. Great photos .
    Happy new year !

  8. Georgia says:

    I love the last shot of the fireworks around the Space Needle, a lovely way to ring in the new year. Happy New Year Ailsa!

  9. Colline says:

    Love the last photo. Stunning! Happy new year to you.

    • ailsapm says:

      I was happy I got at least one clear shot of the fireworks before the smoke started gathering! Happy New Year to you also, Colline 🙂

  10. EhkStream says:

    Thanks for the visuals! My audio was supplied by various parties along the river here, lots of booms big and small…
    Happy New Year!

  11. Love that last photo Ailsa. Happy New Year to you too. – Suzan –

    • ailsapm says:

      Saved the best for last, Suzan, even though it was one of the first shots I took before all the smoke got going. Here’s to a wonderful 2013. xxx Ailsa

  12. viveka says:

    Ailsa … that last photo – is a killer … Happy New Year to you and everybody around you.
    Say hello to Seattle from me … maybe I will be back one time more.

  13. Ruth2Day says:

    fantastic photos!

  14. lylekrahn says:

    Great fireworks shots.

  15. Lucid Gypsy says:

    It looks spectacular! happy 2013!

  16. vastlycurious.com says:

    Wonderful! I feel them booming! YAY 2013!

  17. From the looks of those fireworks shots, you’re getting quite comfortable with the LX7. Haopy New Year to you, too.

  18. fgassette says:



  19. Have a wonderful 2013, Ailsa!!

  20. Lovely fireworks, even if they did have to perform without thermal undies! And gluhwein. Ah, gluhwein. Happy new year!

  21. megtraveling says:

    That looks like a wonderful show – Happy New Year!

  22. We watched fireworks in Gatlinburg, where they dropped a ball from their Space Needle, too. But its needle doesn’t compare to Seattle’s, and we had a little warmer weather. But not much. It started to rain soon after. Happy New Year!

  23. colormusing says:

    Great photos, Ailsa! It’s been a while since I’ve been in Seattle for New Year’s Eve (I grew up there), so I really appreciate seeing it through your eyes. Happy New Year!!

  24. So worth the frozen trip. Happy 2013!

  25. petit4chocolatier says:

    Absolutely stunning! Happy New Year 🙂

  26. Penny says:

    Great shots! Happy New Year.
    p.s. did you use a tripod?

    • ailsapm says:

      Happy New Year to you too, Penny. I couldn’t be bothered lugging my tripod along, so I just used a wall to help steady myself. 🙂

  27. Angelia Sims says:

    Spectacular! Such a gorgeous view. Happy New Year!

  28. Looks like it’s going to be a sparkling 2013!!! Great photos!! Thanks.

  29. pommepal says:

    Stunning photos especially the last one.
    Best blogging wishes for 2013

  30. Adventures in Kevin's World says:

    I love Seattle. Super-psyched to spend a few days there in 2 weeks and again in February. Nice job with the fireworks & Needle.

    • ailsapm says:

      Bring your winter woollies, Kevin, it’s pretty chilly up here at the moment – but judging by your Wyoming photos it’s pretty cold there too! Happy New Year. 🙂

  31. LubbyGirl says:

    reckon it’s time for another trip to Seattle. too bad we missed the fireworks though – but these are great shots!!

  32. pierrmorgan says:

    Wonderful photos! Whoo-hoo!! It has been chilly here for sure. Glad you came to watch the show…so you could share it with the rest of us. Next year I was thinking I’d take the 11:35 ferry from Bainbridge Island across to downtown Seattle. It’s a 35 minute ride. On the way the Space Needle’s right in the middle of the skyline – perfect view of the midnight display from the water. Then get off and go ride Seattle’s Great Wheel – wheee! Happy New Year.

  33. msjfreckles says:

    Absolutely fabulous shots! 🙂

  34. I enjoy your flair for both writing and photography. Well done! And I can’t help thinking of Frasier when I see that infamous Seattle Tower, which now I know is the Space Needle. Thanks for the education 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Ahh, yes, Frasier, filmed many miles from Seattle, princessprattles. I was at the Seattle Museum of History and Industry recently and had to laugh, because one of their exhibits featured the set of Frasier, with its fake Seattle skyline. 🙂

  35. starlight says:

    i love the last photo.. so amazing!

  36. Melissa LeGette says:

    That last shot is just fabulous. It looks like it’s from outer space, doesn’t it?

    • ailsapm says:

      You’re right, Melissa, the Space Needle usually looks pretty alien anyway, but with the lights surrounding it, it looks like its straight out of a Star Wars movie! 🙂

  37. markd60 says:

    It would be cool to see fireworks from inside the Space Needle, providing it has bomb proof glass.

    • ailsapm says:

      They actually had the restaurant open, Mark, the one at the top of the Needle, I bet it would have been an interesting spot to see in the New Year.

  38. rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm says:

    Nice fireworks in Seattle.I live in Port Townsend not so far from the Seattle.Happy New Year in 2013

  39. Ah, Gluhwein! What memories!
    Happy New Year!

  40. hipmamamedia says:

    beautiful shots! You captured the festive spirit of the New Year.

  41. Fantastic! I watched the Space Needle fireworks from a warmer spot…at home…in front of my tv! Sounds like you had a great time

  42. eof737 says:

    Glad to reconnect with you this year …
    •.★♥★Happy New Year to You & Yours!★♥★.•

  43. LOVE that last photo!

  44. Great pics, Ailsa! How on earth did you get such great shots? Are you sing a DSL digital camera or just a point and shoot, and what setting(s) did you use? All the best for 2013. You have a lovely blog.

    • ailsapm says:

      Hi Doreen, for this one I was using the Panasonic TM90 with 28mm wide angle lens. I use it primarily for video but it takes pretty decent stills too if you don’t want to carry another camera along. We had a great view from where we were; the Needle was towering, unobstructed, right in front of us. Happy New Year to you, glad you found my travelogue! xxx

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