Eagle Landing Park was the highlight of my visit to Burien (see my last post), but the quiet residential town south of West Seattle presents many more sketching opportunities.
While I still had a bit of time, I headed to a location recommended by Jim Branson: an abandoned parcel at 1st Avenue South and SW 160th Street that is home to a majestic sequoia. The tree is next to a restaurant that’s been closed for a while, said Branson, and if the parcel gets redeveloped, it may not last. Branson, a knowledgeable nature enthusiast and volunteer for the Washington State Native Plant Society, said sequoias are rare here, and that makes this one very special.
On my drive back through SW 152nd Street, I took a quick break to draw a Seussical street clock that adds a fun exclamation point to the city’s business district. It’s the work of artist Kim David Hall.
In the future, I’d love to sketch at Seahurst Park, where that dead whale washed ashore recently. Lake Burien, a public lake with no public access, would also be lovely to draw, but I’d need some neighbors to let me into their backyards.