Downtown Berkeley tree with art nouveau-like street lamp (and more Seattle snow!)

Winter tree and street lamp, January 18, 2012

Downtown Berkeley on Center Street between Shattuck and Oxford. Another “instagram” — this one with “Lomo-fi” filter — and proof that there are clouds in paradise some days!

Meanwhile, snow and more snow in Seattle; these photos in from Amy and Lib (thanks!)!

Snow-capped sidewalk light

spring and summer ornaments and whipped-cream!

bird house and tree ornament with powdered sugar

the bike is in even deeper . . .

. . . and the house in deeper still!

Altered sign #2, plus: Snow!

Martin Luther King Blvd, Berkeley, January 17, 2012

This is somewhat of a special case of an altered sign, as in, an adorned sign! Image of Martin Luther King on a sign on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Russell Street in Berkeley decorated with flowers in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Meanwhile, while the skies were “clearly” still bluer than blue when this photo was taken earlier today, rain clouds are gathering and up north, it’s been snow, snow, snow! First a series of photos from Amy and Lib (thanks!) of their house out in Edmonds . . .

Amy and Lib's House, January 17, 2012

Bike in Winter, January 17, 2012

Winter Wonderland tree, January 17, 2012

And then, screen shots from two webcams, gathered within a few minutes of each other. First downtown Seattle:

King5 Webcam, January 17, 2012 noon

And then a shot from the Lopez Village webcam grabbed about 15 minutes later:

Fisherman's Bay, January 17, 2012 12:15 PM

— no wonder they call it the banana belt! —