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Joyful Mysteries

Today I went for a walk in the forest with a small group of children and we found a number of mysteries to explore! The children noticed immediately that the gravel path was quite covered in loose pieces of moss, and they set right to work trying to figure out the source.

Hypothesis: The birds read more

January 1, 2015: Snow! (berries)

The woods were quiet as the sun fell on the first day of the new year, but the frozen ground crackled under our feet. Though we rarely see snow on Beacon Hill, there were still snowberries to be found in Cheasty Woods on this winter day.

These berries ripen late in the fall and stay … read more

December 20, 2014. Cheasty Main.

Rainy day crew at Cheasty Main

Rainy day crew at Cheasty Main

About 15 Cheasty lovers came out to work through the drizzle today on our last work party in the woods for 2014. Working in the rain has its advantages: for one thing, there’s no point in attempting to stay clean. This is a great opportunity to embrace the mud! … read more

December 2, 2014. Cheasty Mountainview

Frozen water in the forest

Frozen water in the forest

I went to the woods today with a group of local children, some of whom have been visiting these woods for years while others have spent relatively little time in any forest. With the weather so cold we kept moving, walking almost all the trails. The kids were most interested … read more

November 11, 2014, Cheasty Main, near the Erratic Boulder

Brown Creeper, borrowed from the public domain.

Brown Creeper, borrowed from the public domain.

Planting Swordferns along the restoration trail running South of the Yard today, I looked up to see a tiny brown bird, a Brown Creeper, hopping it’s way up a nearby Big Leaf Maple, picking meticulously in the moss growing on the trunk in its characteristic hunt for insects. … read more

November 8, 2014, 10am, Cheasty Main

Cheasty 217

On this year’s Green Seattle Day in November, I got to facilitate volunteer work by 50 teens from the Boys and Girls Club. The windstorms the previous week had blown down several mature big leaf maple trees and as I walked through the forest to meet the teens I worried they wouldn’t be prepared for … read more

November 4, 2014. 12pm. Cheasty Mountainview.


The Woods Club kids are pretending to a be a wolf pack and are howling to each other around the bend on the loop trail and I’m taking the opportunity to pull out a few random pieces of ivy when I hear a distinctive repetitive bird call swooping over my head. I look up just … read more

November 4, 2014. 10am. Cheasty Mountainview

Cheasty 216Sitting on a bench at the Junction in Cheasty View, gazing off to the South/Southeast, mesmerized by the fall of the big leaf maple leaves coming down where the trees lean out over the road. Some of the leaves fall in a distinctive switch-back pattern, as though they were hiking down off a steep mountain, … read more

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