Surprise refreshment

by Radio Somewhere


I love walking when there are blackberries to graze on along the way. And these are very happily growing along the Spokane Street bike path under the West Seattle Bridge. Blackberries thrive in industrial areas and are always a nice surprise. In Washington, they are considered an invasive species and are aggressively cut back wherever they show up in Seattle. I can understand why you might want to keep them out of old- growth forest and environmentally sensitive areas — but where there are chain-link fences and railroad tracks, why not just let them grow? Along the bike path, they have been cut back to prevent scratching up passing cyclists — but I 'm glad to see they have been left alone otherwise.