365 Nature – Day 314

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


Today I don’t have many words, but a lot of feelings. Anger, shock, depression and helplessness were all rolling through me during my walk in the rain today. Nature is usually my salvation, my consolation, but today I fear there won’t be enough nature left in the next few years. I worry about catastrophic disasters that will take generations to recover from. I worry that instead of taking solace from nature, we will do nothing but fight to preserve what little we can. I worry that our public lands will be destroyed and national parks auctioned off. I worry.

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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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  1. Carol Kohler November 9, 2016 at 4:12 pm · · Reply

    Aptly said. Today is a very dark day in American politics. I felt a need today to keep busy so as not to dwell on yesterday’s events.

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