A perfect post-weeding swim in Lake WA on Mercer Island.

Mountains to Sound Greenway choose a shady spot for our weeding work beneath a large Oregon ash / Fraxinus latifolius at Luther Burbank Park.  The soil was completely dry, but the native plantings were hanging on well.  So were the weeds.  We kept busy pulling noxious species away from the rose, mahonia & red osier dogwood.  There were many invasive common hawthorn / Crataegus monogyna seedlings.  To our chagrin, we looked up at our lunchbreak tree on the park lawn and saw a lovely small tree of just this invasive variety.  The children were very confused as to why it was preserved by the park staff while we had worked all morning to eradicate its progeny.  Perhaps an interesting lesson on multi-agency/organization coordination.  This is certainly a tree that should be hit with the mower.

We swam at the quiet north end of the park, enjoying wide views across Lake Washington.  We even had the amazing opportunity to see a dragon/damsel fly nymph (larvae) emerge from its watery lifecycle and gradually unfurl its wings over 10m or so.  Stunning.  

Read about their amazing life cycle  here .

Read about their amazing life cycle here.