365 Nature – Day 244

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. During our school break I had intended to visit Alki Beach. We had last visited on Day 187 and although the tides aren't anywhere near as low we wanted to still get out and explore. Today was the lowest tide of the break at a 0 and we met my daughter's school friend there for exploring. Unfortunately before we'd flipped more than a couple of rocks, the rain came drenching everyone. The girls continued to play in the waves and...

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365 Nature – Day 243

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. My daughter is on a break between summer school and the start of the new year of her forest preschool and I've been coming up with activities to keep her occupied. Yesterday we made solar ovens from pizza boxes and today she made a roly poly house with the help of our neighbor. They had fun scooping up some soil and then placing leaves and rocks and other plant materials they found. Then we hunted for roly poly bugs. It...

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365 Nature – Day 242

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Ever since I discovered the hydra in my wetland in a bottle yesterday, on Day 241, I've been sitting in front of the container with my hand loupe, watching the life inside. The diversity in such a small, glass container is truly astounding. I've entered an alien world that I know almost nothing about and it makes me feel like an intrepid explorer making new discoveries. This is why natural history is so exciting and never dull, there's simply too...

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365 Nature – Day 241

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Yesterday afternoon, as I looked at my wetland in a bottle, an activity quickly becoming a several-times-a-day-habit, I noticed a dragonfly larva skin floating along the bottom. I grabbed a pipette and sucked it out, put it into a petri dish and looked at it under my dissecting microscope. Happily, the skin was empty, the molt of the darner dragonfly larva I spotted on Day 229. I'd only seen the larva in the jar a couple of times since then, it's rather...

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365 Nature – Day 240

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I awoke to a blissfully cloudy sky this morning and was it a relief after the last few days of record-breaking heat. The sun rose and I didn't have to close all the curtains on the east side of the house for a change. When I opened the front door, another nice treat greeted me, a moth. One of the first I've seen in quite awhile. When we had an electrical upgrade last year we put in new porch lights...

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365 Nature – Day 239

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Is this the end of our hot summer? Today is working on breaking another record for hottest day. Yesterday was the hottest August 25th on record today is working on also breaking that record. Our spring was more like summer than spring and although we enjoyed a cool period in early summer, it's been like an oven lately. Tomorrow we're supposed to start cooling down dramatically and the weekend may be as much as 20 degrees cooler. Seeing as this may...

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