Cherry Blossoms at the University of Washington

The arrival of spring usually means one thing at the University of Washington – the eagerly awaited cherry blossom season. Students and visitors all over the Seattle suburbs flock to the university, and especially to the quadrangle, fondly known as the Quad, to view the blossoms.  It is here that many spent their spring daysContinue reading “Cherry Blossoms at the University of Washington”

The Pacific Rhododendron

This time of the year the Pacific or Coast Rhododendron are in full bloom almost everywhere in Western Washington, and take centerstage along sidewalks, road dividers and in gardens and parks.   The state flower of Washington, national flower of Nepal, provincial flower of Jiangxi,  Rhododendron literally means ‘rose trees with big leaves.’ A mediumContinue reading “The Pacific Rhododendron”

Tulip Festival Skagit Valley

Every year, about 400,00 visitors come to Skagit Valley in April to soak in the stunning display of fields of blooming tulips. Located 60 miles north of Seattle, this area boasts hundreds of acres of blooming flowers scattered across farms throughout the valley.  Hence the Tulip Festival is designed as a driving tour around farmsContinue reading “Tulip Festival Skagit Valley”

Washington Oaks State Park

Sometime this year, we were at sunny Florida, visiting one of our favorite beaches – the beach at the Washington Oaks State Park at Palm Coast. While many visit the adjacent garden with its beautiful roses, it is the coquina beach and rocks resembling a mini Grand Canyon that makes a walk here exhilarating. AlongContinue reading “Washington Oaks State Park”

Juanita Bay Park

With at least 2 miles of trail, this 110-acre urban wildlife habitat in Kirkland is popular with nature lovers and bird watchers. From any section of the park’s extensive boardwalk system, trails, or any three of the park’s observation platforms, you’ll likely see waterfowls, great blue herons, osprey, and amphibians such as salamanders and turtlesContinue reading “Juanita Bay Park”

Tumwater Dam Hydroelectric Project

We were on our way back from Leavenworth along US Highway 2 when we stumbled upon the Tumwater Dam Hydroelectric Project. Actually we heard the ferocious roar of the waters before we saw it crashing  down from over 20 feet high. The source of the watercourse – The Wenatchee State Park. Constructed from 1907- 09Continue reading “Tumwater Dam Hydroelectric Project”

Wild Carrot Flower (Daucus Carota)

I have come across them in many open fields during the summer. I had thought they were just pretty wild flowers until one day, I decided to find out what they are since they are so common here. That’s when my I realized these white flowers are  daucus carota, colloquially known as  wild carrot flowers,Continue reading “Wild Carrot Flower (Daucus Carota)”

Summer Wildflowers: Broad-leaved sweet pea

While walking in the Warren Magnuson Park in Seattle recently we stumbled upon a field of pink broad-leaved sweet pea. The bright pink flowers were stunning in the middle of the open field, right next to a field of white wild carrots flowers (see next post for that :0) Also known as everlasting pea, perennialContinue reading “Summer Wildflowers: Broad-leaved sweet pea”