The “Quad” at the University of Washington with its gnarled gargantuan cherry blossom tress is one of the best places to experience Spring in Seattle
Everyone knows that it rains quite a bit in Seattle. But unless you have wandered through our parks and campuses during the Spring bloom you don’t know where all that water is going.
The cherry blossom (sakura) trees on the yawning lawn that is the Quad are giant squatting trolls at the base but stretch overhead and dwindle into velvet bursts of delicate blossoms.
Like the sakura of Japan, the blooming of the cherry blossom trees of UW signal the beginning of Spring.
Pink and white petals paint the grass in impressionist flair and pile in drifts and turn over in the wind.
Laying back on the grass I let the shouts of frisbee tossing Freshmen and the busy chatter of sorority sisters fade away and watch the sun play among the petals.