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April 21, 2015

Pacific Waterleaf (with snowberry in background), just off the Hazelnut Loop.

Pacific Waterleaf (with snowberry in background), just off the Hazelnut Loop.

As summer rapidly approaches, Cheasty Greenspace stretches for the sun and prepares for another banner year of urban forest in southeast Seattle.

Swordfern fiddleheads, seen from the Hazelnut Loop in Cheasty Mountainview.

Swordfern fiddleheads, seen from the Hazelnut Loop in Cheasty Mountainview.

Emerging Maple, next to the Hazelnut Loop in Cheasty Mountainview.

Emerging Maple, next to the Hazelnut Loop in Cheasty Mountainview.

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Of Hawks and Hummers

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The Coopers Hawks that have been nesting in Cheasty Greenspace for several years have returned to their nest.  Observation shows one bird sitting in the nest consistently, presumably incubating another generation of hawks in Cheasty.  

 

On the smaller end of the bird spectrum, hummingbirds seem to be everywhere!

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Fungus in the Forest

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One amazing thing about spending time in a forest is the overwhelming confrontation with different forms of life!  Do you have knowledge about any of the life forms shown here?  Email Forest@Cheasty.org to share what you know.

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Emergence of Spring in Cheasty

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With summer arriving so early this year, Cheasty Greenspace is currently bursting with emergence.  

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The fiddleheads are emerging from the soil and, in some places, uncoiling into the open air.  The Mahonia blossoms are beginning to drip from their stalks.  New tendrils of fringecup are opening everywhere the eye turns, while the stinging nettles slowly … read more

Three Generations of Cheasty

I already talked about the magical sense of history I get in Cheasty walking among the stumps of a centuries-old forest, but the most exciting part is the way this deep history roots me in the future.

The old Iroquois law about our debt to the seven generations before us, and our responsibility to the … read more

The Fourth Forest Dimension

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Walking in Cheasty Greenspace not only makes me feel connected to the natural world and my place in this space, but it also keeps me connected to the passage of time on Earth.

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I thrill every time I see one of these old growth stumps from the Firs and Cedars that owned this space for … read more

Indian Plum

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The Indian Plum has been blooming in Cheasty!  The photo above was taken in early February, clearly showing the role of Indian Plum as one of our earliest harbingers of spring and an important early nectar source for hummingbirds, moths, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. 

Native from Southwest British Columbia all the way down to … read more

Fungus in the Forest

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After the heavy rains of this last week, I spotted these tiny, snow-white, almost translucent, shiny mushrooms sprouting from a twig, just off the Hazelnut Loop in Cheasty Mountainview, very near the junction with the Alaska spur.

Here’s the underside:

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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.

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January 1, 2015: Snow! (berries)

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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

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