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  • Writer's pictureEdward Leonard

Discovery Park, Seattle WA



As the emerald city of the Pacific Northwest begins to shake off the remnants of winter's embrace, a journey to Seattle's Discovery Park in the vibrant month of April unveils a tapestry of natural wonders waiting to be explored. Nestled on the outskirts of the bustling metropolis, this urban oasis beckons adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike to immerse themselves in its diverse landscapes and timeless tranquility.


As dawn breaks over the distant Cascade Range, a symphony of bird songs greets visitors at the park's entrance, setting the stage for a day of exploration and discovery. The crisp morning air carries with it the promise of new beginnings, as the fragrant scent of blooming wildflowers mingles with the salty breeze from the nearby Puget Sound.

Setting out on the park's network of winding trails, one is immediately struck by the sense of solitude and serenity that permeates the landscape. Towering evergreens sway gently in the breeze, their branches adorned with fresh buds and delicate foliage, while the distant cry of seagulls echoes across the rugged shoreline.


For those seeking a moment of introspection, the South Bluff Trail offers a secluded vantage point overlooking the vast expanse of the sound below. Here, amidst the gnarled roots of ancient madrona trees, one can pause to reflect upon the timeless beauty of the natural world, and the fleeting nature of human existence.


As the day progresses, the park's diverse ecosystem reveals itself in full splendor, from the lush greenery of the forested trails to the windswept beaches that line the park's western edge. Tide pools teeming with life offer a glimpse into the intricate web of marine biodiversity that thrives along the rocky shoreline, while bald eagles soar overhead in search of their next meal.


For the adventurous spirit, the Discovery Park Loop Trail presents an opportunity to traverse the park's entirety, offering sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains to the west and the bustling city skyline to the east. Along the way, interpretive signs provide insights into the park's rich history and ecological significance, inviting visitors to deepen their connection to the land and its inhabitants.


As the sun begins its descent towards the horizon, casting a golden hue upon the landscape, there is a sense of gratitude for the day's experiences and the beauty that surrounds us. Whether basking in the warmth of a spring afternoon or witnessing the ethereal glow of a Pacific Northwest sunset, Discovery Park offers a sanctuary for the soul, a place where the rhythms of nature reign supreme and the spirit of adventure thrives.

As twilight falls and the stars emerge overhead, casting their shimmering light upon the earth below, one cannot help but feel a profound sense of awe and reverence for the world in which we live. In a city defined by its innovation and progress, Discovery Park serves as a reminder of the enduring power of nature to inspire, rejuvenate, and connect us to something greater than ourselves.


So, as you embark on your own journey through the heart of Seattle's wilderness, remember to tread lightly, leave no trace, and embrace the magic of the moment. For in the timeless beauty of Discovery Park, the essence of nature's awakening awaits, ready to ignite your sense of wonder and set your spirit free.



 

Well I didn't quite make it to sunset. On Saturday, I had a few hours and it was warm so after a few errands in the morning we headed over to see what birds we could find. I usually like to get an early start before the crowds scare the birds away. And today given the weather, I predicted it would be crowded and I was right. But, crowded for a Seattle park in April still leaves plenty of room.


Despite the late start it was a good bird day. We spotted 21 different species of birds with a couple of first of years. Discover Park provides a great mix of habitats for an urban location. I recommend the location year round though it will get more crowded in summer. The lighthouse provides a great viewing location for seabirds and many days you will find birders with scopes scanning Eliot Bay.


My favorite bird of the trip was the Marbled Murrelet. Overall a great 3 hour outing exploring a fraction of the park. I will definitely be back again and again to take in this urban oasis.



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