365 Nature – Day 14

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.

This morning was cold but clear and Kubota Garden in south Seattle is beautiful with these conditions. The sun rises up over the hill and filters down through the trees onto the garden ponds, which produces a mist over them. The sun illuminates the mist and color it orange. The frosty grass crunched under our feet, but all the bare branches of the maples and various deciduous trees were decorated with ornaments of water droplets. We saw not another soul during our excursion but heard many birds foraging in the trees over our heads.

I was captivated by the suns rays shining through the trees and tried in vain to capture some of the magic. My photography skills are improving, but this is quite a challenge. Above you’ll find my attempts.


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Kelly Brenner

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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