Monday, April 25, 2011

Return of the Western Washington Jungle

Despite the cold and sometimes wet winter weather, I do like the ability to see through the brush that winter offers. It can be a lot easier to figure out slopes in the winter than in the jungle when visibility is obscured by plants. April is the month that plants begin to leaf out and in a short couple of weeks western Washington turns a bit jungle like and my ability to view slopes will be hampered. This year the change will be more rapid than in past years as the spring has been so cool that timing of plants leafing out is compressed. Early bloomers are out  as well as a few friends that take some getting used to.


Skunk cabbage


Stinging nettle

Devil's club

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