365 Nature – Day 330

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


On our last weekday off of this holiday break we met some friends from my daughter’s preschool to play and go for a walk. We ventured a little ways into Interlaken Park, very near the arboretum we frequent for school. The kids balanced on logs and picked up cones from a large redwood tree while I spotted a large cup fungus growing out of the side of a downed log. It looked similar to one I found in our backyard this past spring on Day 91. This is at least the third cup fungus I have found this year, the last was a bright orange grouping I found on Day 278.

There was another repeat discovery of something that seems to pop up regularly, a katydid. I’ve seen these katydids around the last few years and a few times this year including on Day 221. They may be Drumming Katydid (Meconema thalassinum), which is an introduced species to North America from Europe.

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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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