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​If you saw my last column, you’ll remember I visited Kubota Garden in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. The historic city park is among several locations that always top the lists of recommendations for places to see the fall colors. The Arboretum and Bellevue Botanical Gardens are two other ones.


Seattle Times news artist Gabriel Campanario has been capturing Seattle's places and people in hand-drawn sketches for more than a decade. To see past columns, visit the Seattle Sketcher home page. Prints, notecards and a book of Campanario’s sketches are available for sale through The Seattle Times store. You may also fill out an illustration request to order a specific image.

This year I’ve also been experimenting with another way of capturing the season’s hues by drawing trees one at a time. So far, I’ve found eye-catching examples without venturing too far from downtown and South Lake Union.

I’ve never been a fan of fall, but I have to admit this tree-by-tree sketching exercise is proving to be therapeutic. How often do you see orange, red, brown and ochres around here? I’m now facing the shorter days that await us after we change the clock this weekend with a better attitude. Hello, days of getting dark by 4 in the afternoon. I’m ready for you!