365 Nature – Day 37

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 is a naturalist and writer based in Seattle. She founded and writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat and has contributed articles to a variety of other websites and publications.

Kelly has a certificate from the University of Washington in non-fiction writing. She continually takes classes and attends talks on various natural history topics. In 2009 she earned a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon.

She's also an avid photographer focusing on the natural world.
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