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

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She founded The Metropolitan Field Guide in 2009 and has contributed articles to aincluding Crosscut, ParentMap and National Wildlife Magazine. She holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

She is currently writing a book about urban nature to be published by Mountaineers Books in 2019.
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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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