Perspectives — Issue IV

A scientific exploration about the season of spring. An essay about rebirth in the Methow. Photos of the charismatic pika. An ode to bees. Gorgeous landscape paintings. And, more.

Forterra Saves the Farm

How Forterra made some farmers really happy—and ended up completing the largest farmland preservation project in Pierce County’s history… told through a comic.

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The signs of spring

Spring is a noisy time in the Northwest. Marshes reverberate with the croak of frogs. The woods fill with the twitter of birds. Even the forest floor seems to hum with the white splashes of flowers. After months of long nights and gray days, Nature greets the sun with a shout. Come along for a brief sampling of spring awakenings, both loud and quiet.

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The Big Garden

Working lands and urban lands are keystone lands that give character to neighborhoods and shape our region, writes Gene Duvernoy

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The Plant Nerd

Meet “the plant nerd” AKA Sarah Reichard, the director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens.

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An ode to six native bees

Nikki McClure pays homage to six native bees with words and her exquisite cut paper images.

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The enchanted world of Alfredo Arreguín

An Alfredo Arreguín painting is unmistakably unique. Look at that thunderous palette; lose yourself in so much labyrinthine design.

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Promise for the Pika

If the polar bear ever needed relief as the stricken planet’s most preemptively mourned victim of ecological disaster, the American pika has stood with apparent readiness to accept the nomination. The diminutive, rock-dwelling cousin of the rabbit certainly delivers the cuteness factor writes Glenn Nelson.

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The Seed Mob

A writer’s relationship with seeds deepens when he leaves the San Juan Islands to visit the blackened and burnt Methow Valley.

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What does spring smell like?

An artist, a ballplayer, a chef and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior weigh in on the sensorial power of the season.

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Nature poems by SAL’s Writers in the Schools poets

A selection of poems about our natural world by students in Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program.

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About the cover

Animator and illustrator Drew Christie has a thing for plants. He drew our remarkable Ampersand Issue 4 cover.

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