365 Nature – Day 250

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


Last night it rained. When it rains during the day I rejoice and savor every minute of it. When it rains at night, it’s comforting to listen to while asleep. This morning the ground was wet, even to the point of soggy and what a relief it was. The brown, dusty plants feel refreshed, even at the end of their season of growth. It’s like sending them off to hibernation all clean and fresh. Of course, the water droplets on all the leaves are beautiful for any who venture outside and there are some plants that hold onto the water better than others. I’ve long noticed lupine is one of the most beautiful of plants after the rain. The water collects in perfects drops on the leaves which make a clear and minute pool in the center of the leaves. I consider it a bug bath because I often see wasps drinking from them after rain. Other leaves, like the lilac don’t have the perfectly round drops, the water flattens and isn’t as obvious. Our picnic table, which I had stained dark brown, collected a narrow pool which had a beautiful reflection of our tree’s leaves. Perhaps the most stunning were the dark purple hollyhock flowers, the last couple of the season, which collected water into purple marbles on top of the flowers.

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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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