365 Nature – Day 343

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Looking out the south facing windows of our second floor rooms is one of my favorite views. We can't see Lake Washington or the Olympic mountains, nor can we see the city. What I can see are the clouds. Most of our weather comes from the southwest and every time I look out the window I see a new view. I can see the sunrise during these winter mornings and the sunsets, all from the same window. At dusk I...

Continue reading →

365 Nature – Day 342

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I only had time for a shorter walk today at the arboretum so I opted to visit Foster Island in hopes of seeing the winter ducks I'd spotted on Day 337. Because it was clear and sunny again, although still very cold, I brought my big lens with me hoping to get some shots of the teals and shovelers. When I arrived, I was very surprised to find the pond had frozen over. It's a large pond and I underestimated...

Continue reading →

365 Nature – Day 341

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. We had a disappointing start the day when we woke up to no snow at all this morning. It was cold and there was a layer of frost over everything which my four year old found very exciting. There's another chance for snow later in the week so we'll be hoping for the childhood wonder to fall then. There were a few dark clouds to the southeast at daybreak, but otherwise the day was clear and soon to be sunny....

Continue reading →

365 Nature – Day 340

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today is cold, the coldest it's been in a long time. Shortly before we left for school this morning it started to snow. First, just a few flakes mixed into the rain, then it shifted entirely to snow. But, in one of the biggest disappointments of childhood, it stopped snowing and turned back to rain right after we left. Hopes of an outdoor forest school day in the snow were dashed. But it remained cold during the morning and we have...

Continue reading →

365 Nature – Day 339

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. With the possibility of snow coming tonight, Seattle has turned it's collective eye to the sky. This morning I saw reports of snow to the southeast of us and surveyed the sky. I was surprised to see clear, blue skies to the north and to the east and south dark clouds. But most interesting to me were the clouds directly east. I had to get my cloud selector wheel to figure out what they were because they had a bubble...

Continue reading →

365 Nature – Day 338

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Over the duration of this 365 Nature Project I've repeatedly written about and taken photos of clouds. I even joined the Cloud Appreciation Society early this year. I've long appreciated clouds, particularly from a photography perspective where a featureless blue sky makes for very dull photos. Living in the Pacific Northwest offers plenty of excellent cloud opportunities and I'm frequently at our upstairs windows taking photos of the changing clouds. Granted, we have had quite a few flat gray days lately...

Continue reading →