Welcome to Park Preview!

A guide to Seattle area parks for the non-robust, lazy birders, and photographers.

Read the About page to learn about the purpose and focus of this blog.

Blog Key

Type of Park

Local = A park primarily used by people living or working in the surrounding area.
Trip = A park unique enough to warrant going a bit out of your way.
Destination = A very large park, often with a wide variety of attractions/activities. People come from all over the 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.


Sun, Wind, and Cold


Sunday was a wild weather day. In the morning it snowed north and south of Seattle. The snow skipped us in the city due to the Olympic rainshadow. In the afternoon the clouds cleared out, but the wind was howling down from the northwest.

I decided that the unexpected opportunity was too good to pass up, so I headed up to Edmonds with my camera two hours before sunset.

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Sweet Winter Sunshine


We’ve been having an extremely gloomy winter in Seattle and I’ve hardly left the house for three months. Monday was the first completely sunny day we’ve had since January 3rd!

Even though it was cold, especially with the wind blowing, I had to get outside and make the most of it. I checked out a couple of parks I’d never been to before on the shores of Lake Washington and enjoyed some great views. But best of all, I found this spot to photograph my favorite subject, water and rocks.

We’re back to gloom today, but the sunshine was sweet while it lasted.

Posted for the WPC with the theme of “sweet.”