I could immediately tell that this was going to be different than our last walk on the Burke five weeks earlier. The most noticeable difference was how green everything has gotten since early April. Our recent spell of warm weather has really accelerated spring growth and blooming.
There were Thimbleberry plants already in bloom. The berries will be forming soon.
Buttercups and Forget-Me-Nots and Dandelions grew in large patches right next to the trail.
We saw a Mallard couple enjoying the rain-filled ditch that runs along the trail near our turn-around spot at Northeast 125th Street, Could this be the same pair we saw just a bit north of here in April?
There was new growth on the trees and the blooming beauty in the hidden gardens that we saw along the way. I'm sharing just a sampling—enjoy!