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, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of NATURE OBSCURA: A City’s Hidden Natural World, 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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