365 Nature – Day 246

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


The autumnal feeling continued today and the first thing I saw was a dynamic sunrise with dramatic clouds turned orange. Shortly after breakfast it started raining, really raining. This week has been the first real rain we’ve had in quite a long time. I’ve had to stop myself from going outside to water the garden, it’s become such an ingrained habit since our hot spring. The wind swept the clouds along today and I could see them racing through the sky. Before long the rain clouds had gone and blue sky with the fluffiest of clouds replaced them. It’s been a long time since we experience dark, dramatic skies here in Seattle, Day 191 was the last time we had any good clouds in the sky.

It feels good to get a transition to autumn already and only fair after our record-breaking hot spring and slow, dry summer. At least we aren’t facing a drought like we were this time last year. Here’s hoping for a wet winter.

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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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