365 Nature – Day 219

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


My ordeal in Amsterdam wasn’t quite done and after the experience of Day 218 I was ready to get home. We had no problems with security in Seattle or Inverness, but traveling as a naturalist in Amsterdam was terrible. All of my bags got pulled aside, myself and our daughter were both patted down. In my field bag, they removed everything, searched my binoculars and even made me open my watercolors. By the end of it I was cranky and snappy and hated Amsterdam more than any other city I’d ever been to. I couldn’t wait to get home, a huge change from two days ago when I didn’t even want to think about going home.

Arrive home we did and fortunately it was not hot like it had been. The weather was cool and cloudy, the perfect thing for returning to Seattle after constant clouds and cool weather in Scotland. As I sat around in a daze that is the result of feeling more like I’d been time traveling, I decided to get outside and water and check on our garden to keep myself busy until bedtime.

The plants had taken a beating from the recent heat. While our neighbors watered when they could, most of the neighborhood was out of town for quite a few days and the garden was left to its own devices. Fortunately, most things seemed to survive, but the yellow glory of the Rudbeckia has faded dramatically. I found one katydid on our kale leaves and noticed our surprise pumpkins were already orange. I have no idea if they’ll last until Halloween.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
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