365 Nature – Day 281

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


Overnight we had a blustery storm that continued blowing into the morning. My initial goal today was to photograph all the different spiders that have taken up residence on and around our front door. But when I opened the door this morning, they were all gone, vanished. I suppose it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that those light-weight animals should hide during windy days. Yet I was surprised to find none after having so many different types of spiders, none even hiding in the corner of the windows.

What I did find by the back door, was an unfortunate earwig. It must have tried squeezing through the hole of one of our outdoor lights, perhaps to escape the wind and rain, and gotten stuck. Now it’s backside is left sticking out of the light and it’s quite still, haven given up the fight.

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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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