365 Nature – Day 348

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


Today I continued my theme from yesterday on Day 347 of looking at trees, but instead of looking down because of the mist, I looked up. Today started dry and cold, but still overcast. As I started on my walk, patches of blue began to show through the clouds and as I looked up I started to appreciate the branches of the deciduous trees now that the leaves have fallen. Like the bark on Day 347, the branches are also diverse and different. The Big-leaf Maples have wide reaching and very thick branches while other trees have branches that are more dainty. Some have branches with few forks while others have many little forks. Some have seeds still attached and others have mosses thick on their branches. In some I noticed squirrel dreys, thick clusters of leaves which serve as a winter nest for the mammals to hide in.

The silhouettes of these branches creates a beautiful scene that is missed unless looking upwards. The absence of the leaves brightens up the ground, a welcome aspect on cloudy days.

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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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