365 Nature – Day 136

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’ve been lazy with my nature journal that I started in the autumn and I’m going to make an effort to contribute more sketches to it. We have some camping trips and travel coming up this summer and I want to sketch on those trips but I’ve become very rusty since I took a watercolor sketching class back in September. I’d like to develop a better routine of doing regular sketches so that I’m practiced and ready for our trips. My sketches today were very rusty indeed, I added a page for the two butterflies we had in our yard this spring to my nature journal. They didn’t come out very well and I think that’s better motivation to sketch more frequently than if they had turned out well.

While doing my sketches today I realized I hadn’t scanned my last couple of pages, but I did so now. The first is my study of tradigrades and other invertebrates I found in our front yard back on Day 63. The bumble bee sketch is from Day 97, but I finished it today.


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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, coming April 1, 2020 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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