365 Nature – Day 119

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.


I was thrilled this morning to find our first macro moth of the season at our porch light. I don’t know what kind it was, but it was beautiful, with many shades of brown swirling together along the wings.

Later we took a walk through the Pritchard Beach wetlands and heard a woodpecker drumming, but we didn’t stop long to look at anything else because the mosquitoes were overly abundant and hungry. Instead we walked to Beer Sheva Park and looked at the Mapes Creek area which was day-lighted in the latter part of 2014. It’s growing wonderfully and the creek looks like it’s in great shape. There were a number of crows bathing in the water, taking advantage of the protected stream.

I’m really glad for this growing trend of returning creeks to the surface in Seattle. They’re working on doing the same thing at Washington Park Arboretum as well and I’m looking forward to that new part of the park.

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Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of a book about urban nature, coming Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, ParentMap, 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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