365 Nature – Day 162

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.

June is also 30 Days Wild and I’m participating again this year.


Today we left Seattle in the afternoon to go camping. It started raining a bit when we arrived and after we finished setting up camp, we went for a walk and then the rain really started and we got drenched. One of the first things I did when we arrived was check the bathroom for moths. Last year we camped in the same place and I found great moths in the bathroom and outside around the lights each day. I wasn’t disappointed today and there were many moths, a couple of which looked unfamiliar. One has curved wings and really beautiful colors. I’m hoping for a few breaks in the rain to find some other insects and maybe some birds. I heard a Raven as we were setting up, but not much else since the rain started.

The wildflowers are still blooming here even though mine have all finished.

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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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