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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.


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

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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