Street Smart Naturalist: Notes on People, Place, and the PNW

David B. Williams
Stories about the Pacific Northwest, its People, Flora, and Fauna
Created 18 Jan 2021
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  • What Lies Beneath
    11 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    Several years ago, I thought I would write a book focusing on stories hidden under the surface of the city. I ended up going a different direction but had fun researching some of the many out-of-sight...
  • A Most Curious Slug
    04 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    The white, two-story house looks like many others in the tony Seattle neighborhood of Laurelhurst: understated and elegant with a well taken care of yard. Few who walk by would guess that a notorious ...
  • A Most Unusual Artifact
    28 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    One of the pleasures of leading walks is meeting people. During this past year I got to introduce Seattle to someone who had lived here for only five days and meet a person who told me “my great-grand...
  • Of Leaves and Drains
    21 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 2 1
    Clearly autumn is here! Crows tossing acorns into roads in the hopes of getting them crushed by mobile nutcrackers. Samaras whirlygigging down on a flight path governed by the intersection of gravity ...
  • Of Acorns and Oaks and Ants
    14 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 3 3
    Over the past few weeks, I have been enjoying the acorns along Ravenna Boulevard. I first noticed them crunching under my tires as I rode along the road. Up to an inch long, the acorns were also abund...
  • Potentially Attractive Amenity
    07 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    In his provocative book, The World Without Us, Alan Weisman imagines what would happen to the planet if humans were to disappear. Fortunately, this has yet to happen—despite some of the really dumb th...
  • Clam Slamming
    29 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 3
    One day early because of travel plans. On our way up to Anacortes last week, to catch the ferry to Shaw and Lopez Islands, my wife and I stopped at the Tommy Thompson trail in Anacortes. If you’ve nev...
  • Selling Kelp
    23 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 1
    Last weekend I was up on Lopez Island to give a talk for the Lopez Island Historical Society and Museum, which gave me the opportunity to visit a spot I had researched for Homewaters, the Port Stanley...
  • Bridges of the Cut: Part 2
    16 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Thanks for great comments about Part 1 of my history of the bridges. For those who want to know more here’s a splendid video from Vaun Raymond about the history of the drawbridges. If you desire (and ...
  • Bridges of the Ship Canal: Part 1
    09 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    The other day my wife and I walked around Lake Union, which got me thinking about the many bridges that span and have spanned the gap along the route of the Ship Canal. Here’s my history of them, part...
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