365 Nature – Day 82

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.

The last couple of days have produced some wonderfully dramatic clouds. As a new member of the Cloud Appreciation Society, I’ve really started to pay more attention to clouds. Although I have traditionally spent a lot of time looking up, that was mostly for birds, not as much at the clouds. Because of this I can’t say if the clouds lately are typical of our Pacific Northwest springs or not, but I certainly hope they are because I would love this weather to return annually. Yesterday afternoon we had some very ominous clouds, the kind you look at and wonder if the world may be ending. What made them even more dramatic was the clear, blue skies just barely visible under them over on the horizon.

We’re lucky to live in a two story house and there are single story houses to the direct south of us so we get a grand, sweeping view of the skies. This is extra lucky because the clouds are usually moving towards us from the south so I can watch them approach. I’d really like to take an old phone or tablet and set it up to capture a time lapse video of the skies someday.


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Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of a book about urban nature, coming Spring 2020 from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, ParentMap, 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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