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In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

We went to Seward Park to explore the central forest area of the park and after last night’s rain it was a lush wonderland. Brown slugs were everywhere on the trails or just to the side, mosses were moist and soft and the lichens were green. We found one lichen that was huge and as green as any I’ve ever seen. Along the same trail we found some Stinging Nettles growing, one in the remaining, still upright trunk of a tree. There was quite a few fungi growing around the park as well.

At one point I thought I heard a Raven again. This time the bird flew over us, above the tree level and it was very large. I managed to get a recording of the call as it flew away this time.

There were a number of Indian Plum plants which had been thoroughly chewed on by something. I searched on the undersides of many but failed to find any caterpillars.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of NATURE OBSCURA: A City’s Hidden Natural World from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, Popular Science, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction. Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

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