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In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

Since the crocus have been turning our front yard purple I went out to see what else is starting to show signs of spring. The tulips in the front are also starting to poke up through the soil and the snowdrops are fully blooming. In the back the Rosemary is in full bloom proving a welcome source of nectar for the Anna’s Hummingbirds and hopefully any early emerging pollinating insects. My native gooseberry which looked thoroughly dead during the drought has sent up new shoots from the ground and they are already sending out green leaves. The Indian Plum is dangling down new buds which will soon be flowers. One of my two Vine Maples in the back doesn’t look good after the summer drought. It had dropped leaves also and turned brown and while the newer maple has buds, the larger one doesn’t have any sign of new buds. My not-yet-planted containers of  Camas are now sending up leaves and the container of Goat’s Beard is also sprouting new buds.

Despite the overcast and somewhat dark day the signs tell that spring is well on its way. I wish we’d gotten a little snow this year though.


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Kelly Brenner

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 from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, Popular Science, 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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