Spring in Seattle

7 Apr

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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

Photo: johncuthbert43

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.

Seattle is a green city; fenced by mountains and hedged by forest, the city fathers saw to it that Seattle mirrored the surrounding beauty with verdant parks and green space.

While not technically a park, the University of Washington campus is resplendent in Spring blooms and is one of my favorite places to wander daydreaming in the sun.

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.


One Response to “Spring in Seattle”

  1. JoAnna April 9, 2010 at 2:21 am #


    Though Eastern Washington was also beautiful in the spring (and full of crazy dust in the air from the farms), we never had cherry blossoms.

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