Welcome to Park Preview!

A guide to Seattle area parks with a special emphasis on accessibility and photography.

All previews have a Things to Know section and photos at the end if you’re just looking for quick facts and aren’t interested in the detailed descriptive information. Parking and admission is free at all areas previewed unless stated otherwise in the preview.

Blog Key

Type of Park

Viewpoint = The view is the main reason to visit.
Local = A park primarily used by people living or working in the surrounding area.
Trip = A park unique enough to warrant going out of your way to see.
Destination = A very large park, usually with a wide variety of attractions/activities. People come from all over the greater Seattle area to visit it.

Other Terms

Preview = A post about a specific location with full details and photos.
Tangent = A post usually related to parks, birds, or photography in some way, but not a preview.
On the Road = A post about a location outside of Seattle and its immediate suburbs.
Combo Outing = A section in some previews with suggestions of other nearby locations to visit on the same trip.

Finding Info

To find the type of park you’re looking for use the Categories section. For a list of all parks previewed so far use the Preview category. To find a park by name use the Search function. The Links section provides links to maps, city park pages, and a few blogs of interest.

All content, including all photographs, of the Park Preview Blog is copyrighted by the blog owner, except where otherwise noted. Do not use Park Preview content without permission.


La Conner Snapshots


I’m still house sitting in La Conner for another week. The weather for the past two weeks has been rainy and cloudy so I haven’t been to any parks or out playing with my camera. Got a lot of reading done though! Luckily I had a few nice days in the first part of my stay and snapped a lot of pics.

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Photography for Beginners Part 27: Back Button Focus

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Back button focus (BBF) is an autofocus method that uses a button on the back of the camera body to tell the lens to focus, rather than the usual method of half-pressing the shutter button.

Once you are comfortable with using a camera it’s a good idea to set it up to give BBF a try. It takes some getting used to and you need some time to develop new muscle memory, so you’ll want to try it out over several shooting sessions before you decide if it’s for you or not.

If you end up not liking BBF after giving it a fair chance you can reset your camera and go back to the default method of half-pressing the shutter button to autofocus. Many photographers feel BBF is the only way to shoot and once they start using it never go back.

I’m not sure how common people like me are, but I use BBF situationally. It depends on what I’m doing and sometimes just my mood.

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Winter Wasn’t Done With Us Yet


I’m currently on vacation, so was slow in getting this post put together. Slow in transferring the photos from my camera SD card, slow in writing the post, slow in prepping it for posting. But vacations are for taking things slow, so I don’t apologize.

I arrived at my mom’s house in La Conner (about an hour north of Seattle) on Sunday, March 3rd. She and my stepdad are currently gallivanting around on a two month vacation. I’m borrowing their home for a vacation getaway for myself, while also making sure the house plants are watered and the neighborhood birdies and squirrels continue to be fed.

Last Wednesday, Mother Nature decided to demonstrate she was not yet ready to release her winter grip on us. I was talking on the phone with my mom at around 11 AM when I glanced out the den window and was shocked to see a furious flurry of fluffy flakes falling. I interrupted my mom by blurting into the phone, “It’s snowing!”

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