365 Nature – Day 68

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.


 

Back on Day 61 of 365 Nature I first noticed the Fawn Lilies starting to bloom at Pritchard Beach. Today we walked back through the wetlands and the lilies are blooming all over now. In 2013 I documented a great number of the plants blooming in the park as well as much of the insects I found. It’s good to have that reference to compare what I’m finding in bloom now and what I have to look forward to as spring progresses and summer arrives. Today the Fawn Lilies (Erythronium oregonum) were blooming and in them I could just make out the stems of Chocolate Lilies (Fritillaria affinis) coming up. The Coltsfoot (Petasites frigidus) is already fading away but I found the first pink flower of Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) and the Red-flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum) is in full bloom. Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa) leaves are just starting to unfold from the ground.

On our walk back home, we found two bumble bees sleeping in a north-facing flower bed waiting for the sun to warm them.

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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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