Trunks and Vines, Yesler Swamp


Back to the Yesler Swamp (part of the University of Washington’s Union Bay Natural Area, on the shore of Lake Washington). As I’ve mentioned before, this area is flooded in a foot or two of water all summer when the Army Corps of Engineers raises the level at the Ballard Locks. That keeps Seattle’s usually jungle-like undergrowth at bay, so in the winter these scraggly old trees lie on open ground instead of being buried in smaller plants. The ground level has to be just right for this to happen, and there aren’t many places around the lake like this. I keep looking for others, but so far this remains the best I know about.


5 responses

  1. This is wonderful, thank you. Are you a Friend of Yesler Swamp?

    January 28, 2013 at 3:53 am

    • I’m not, though I’ve seen their signs. I keep meaning to contact them and join some work parties. I spend enough time there, I feel I really ought to be helping out. Do you work with them?

      January 28, 2013 at 4:00 am

      • I recently made contact with the Swamp People on a guided tour and I had such a good time. I have incorporated info about Yesler/Laurelhurst into my blog articles about greater northeast Seattle. The Swamp People will contribute one panel to our annual neighborhood history exhibit at the Northeast Branch Library in February (display mostly for non-computer users!)

        January 28, 2013 at 4:03 am

      • I think I saw a notice about that tour, but I was busy. I’ll keep an eye out for more events with the Swamp People (though that does make me think of greenish, dripping Bigfoot-like creatures shambling in the twilight).

        January 28, 2013 at 11:07 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Wedgwood in Seattle History and commented:
    Valarie says: The Yesler Swamp is a wonderful nature trail and bird sanctuary, easily accessed from the east corner of the parking lot of the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street. There is a signboard for the Trail. See for news of the trail project.

    January 29, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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