365 Nature – Day 61

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.


When I checked the radar map this morning and saw a break in the rain storm, we quickly got our rain coats on and headed to Pritchard Beach for a brief walk. It was obvious we’d had heavy rains recently by the sound of Lake Washington, instead of a gentle lapping the waves sounded much louder today and the lake was full of choppy water. The water level was also higher and a white door had been washed up on the beach from who knows where. In the meadow, where it’s usually only soggy, a dozen or more Mallards floated on a temporary duck pond which overflowed into a small waterfall on the way to the lake.

Signs of spring persisted despite the heavy rain of late and we heard many birds in full song and the wetlands were coming alive with greenery and flowers. Near the amphitheater the Fawn Lilies were starting to bloom, their white petals standing out like beacons on the dark and rainy day. When the rain returned, we hurried back home again and watched the downpour from inside our warm, dry house.

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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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