I painted this several years ago and wanted to share it today, as it reminds me of the Seattle of 10 years ago-- a very different place. There is no 520 high rise in this painting. And many fewer cars on the highway. Fewer people. I could go on. The truth is we are not going back, but it is still valuable to remember the Seattle of the past, and to celebrate and maintain the wild places that were created by far-sighted people. Union Bay Natural Area is one of those places. Magnuson Park Wetlands are another. We have the good fortune to live in a city that has preserved wetlands--crucial to the health of the planet and those who make their homes there.