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 founded The Metropolitan Field Guide in 2009 and has contributed articles to aincluding Crosscut, ParentMap and National Wildlife Magazine. She holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

She is currently writing a book about urban nature to be published by Mountaineers Books in 2019.
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