365 Nature – Day 117
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.
Today I’ve spent most the day so far working on our yard. Our neighbor is a contractor and yesterday brought home a truckload of river rocks and offered them up if we had a use for them. I’ve been wanting to make a path alongside our house where I’ve planted a small woodland garden and today I finally made it. It looks so nice and the plants which are growing again, like the Wild Ginger, Western Meadowrue and Maidenhair Fern are arching over it. It’s beautiful and motivates me to get going on the rest my big plans for the yard.
I was surprised today by a plant coming into bloom. There is a Red Columbine, a native plant, growing in our backyard and this spring I found that it had spread, producing a new plant next to it. However, when I noticed it blooming today, it’s certainly not the same plant. It’s a columbine, the leaves look the same, but the flowers are like white fireworks, very different from the Red Columbine.
While doing some cleaning up outside, I picked up a small pile of burlap sacks and out dropped an enormous spider. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t have anything very scary or large in the insect department, so it’s quite an exciting find when a Giant House Spider (I think) is discovered. They’re not scary at all, but they are large. I’ve found one only once before, but this one had a very rounded abdomen which I’m wondering meant it was a female with eggs. I felt bad disturbing its home. I know they like to be inside dwellings where it’s dark so I put it in our garage.
She is currently writing a book about urban nature to be published by Mountaineers Books in 2019.
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