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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.

The sun came out in full today, and although chilly this morning it warmed up dramatically into the 60’s this afternoon. The arboretum, which had been a quiet, subdued place erupted into a hive of activity with people everywhere. I went back early to finish the last of the insect hotels in my daughter’s forest classroom and then back a little later to help the kids put the bamboo and twigs into the cans. It’s great to hear the kids telling their parents about, and showing them the insect hotels which they helped create, at pickup time.

The ferns along the creek leading to one of the ponds in the arboretum are wonderfully back-lit in the mornings by the sun. I’ve been watching them grow from fiddleheads to tall ferns over the last few weeks and every time I pass by them I take a photo. The green is just so very green, especially when lit up by the sun. It’s one of the most picturesque places in the park right now because the Skunk Cabbage is growing right across the stream from 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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