365 Nature – Day 90

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 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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