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

Tomorrow my daughter’s forest preschool resumes for the year and today is our last day of relative peace. We’re having a calm day at home today and this morning I spent time in the backyard looking at what flowers remained blooming this late in the season. Although we’re having a short heatwave, temperatures today and tomorrow are forecast to be in the high 70’s, the air still feels of autumn. The numbers of pollinators are low, a few honey bees, a couple syrphid flies and one or two solitary bees, but the flowers are still blooming. The native goldenrod and aster are both providing full blooms for the pollinators and the Cooley’s Hedge Nettle is also providing some flowers for hummingbirds. A few Fireweed flowers persist although the plants are largely done. While I’ll miss the insects of summer, I’ll not miss the summer weather.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of NATURE OBSCURA: A City’s Hidden Natural World from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, Popular Science, 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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