Observations of Washington State Landscapes, Geology, Geography, Ecology, History and Land Use
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.
Dan McShane is an engineering geologist with Stratum Group, a geology and environmental consulting company based in Bellingham, Washington. Dan has been reading Washington State landscapes since driving across the Horse Heaven Hills with his father and brother in 1970. Dan's wife has started painting Washington landscapes. The intent of this blog is to help all Washington travelers better understand the landscapes we see and share field observations.