365 Nature – Day 237

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Some days things just don't work out and every direction throws up a dead end. This morning started along that path. The one day we couldn't park on the south end of the arboretum and had to drive all the way through to get to summer school, was a day of horrific traffic. Thanks to two accidents on the highway, the arboretum was backed up and stopped, all the way through. Once I'd eventually dropped my daughter off, I headed...

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365 Nature – Day 236

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Yesterday I stopped in at a plant nursery to pick up some more gravel to create our third wetland in a bottle and while I browsed around, I encountered a small selection of carnivorous plants. Having been thinking about aquatic life and plants I stopped to look. At one point I had a sundew plant, but I didn't do well with it and it died. I decided to try my hand again and I bought four different plants. After returning...

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365 Nature – Day 235

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Next to my daughter's forest classroom this morning we found a slime mold. It was hard to miss, being a bright lemon color and at least a foot or more in diameter. We stopped to investigate it and found it resembled a pile of finely shredded cheese, but  was sticky, like dough with too much water. It was spreading on bark mulch which was fairly wet from irrigation. After I dropped her off and started walking, something caught my eye under...

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365 Nature – Day 234

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It was blissfully cool and cloudy this morning, a nice change from the record-breaking 90+ degrees the last few days. Yesterday afternoon after I posted for Day 233, I went back out to watch the crab spider again. I noticed the spider had picked one of the very few rudbeckia flowers that still had pollen on the stamens sticking up out of the top of the flower. The rest had already started going to seed. In the afternoon, the spider...

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365 Nature – Day 233

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Despite another day of record heat I ventured out to water this morning and see what I could find. I was pleasantly surprised by a face looking back at me from the top of a Rudbeckia flower, a grasshopper. It sat patiently while I went back inside to get my camera and I was able to get some good shots of it. I looked around the other flowers and finally spotted another visitor, a yellow crab spider, perfectly blended into...

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365 Nature – Day 232

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This week is the first time we've put our window air conditioner unit up this year. Although we had a warm spring, the nights were cool and we never needed the air conditioner, and the summer this far has been surprisingly moderate - dry, but not hot. Until this week. Unusual for this late in August, the temperatures hit 90 today and I'm glad we have the cool air in the house so I can function and work and not become...

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