365 Nature – Day 242

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Ever since I discovered the hydra in my wetland in a bottle yesterday, on Day 241, I've been sitting in front of the container with my hand loupe, watching the life inside. The diversity in such a small, glass container is truly astounding. I've entered an alien world that I know almost nothing about and it makes me feel like an intrepid explorer making new discoveries. This is why natural history is so exciting and never dull, there's simply too...

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365 Nature – Day 241

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Yesterday afternoon, as I looked at my wetland in a bottle, an activity quickly becoming a several-times-a-day-habit, I noticed a dragonfly larva skin floating along the bottom. I grabbed a pipette and sucked it out, put it into a petri dish and looked at it under my dissecting microscope. Happily, the skin was empty, the molt of the darner dragonfly larva I spotted on Day 229. I'd only seen the larva in the jar a couple of times since then, it's rather...

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365 Nature – Day 240

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I awoke to a blissfully cloudy sky this morning and was it a relief after the last few days of record-breaking heat. The sun rose and I didn't have to close all the curtains on the east side of the house for a change. When I opened the front door, another nice treat greeted me, a moth. One of the first I've seen in quite awhile. When we had an electrical upgrade last year we put in new porch lights...

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365 Nature – Day 239

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Is this the end of our hot summer? Today is working on breaking another record for hottest day. Yesterday was the hottest August 25th on record today is working on also breaking that record. Our spring was more like summer than spring and although we enjoyed a cool period in early summer, it's been like an oven lately. Tomorrow we're supposed to start cooling down dramatically and the weekend may be as much as 20 degrees cooler. Seeing as this may...

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365 Nature – Day 238

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Another heatwave, another day of drought and sun. I'm proud to have added plants to our yard to provide a continual bloom for our pollinators. As the rudbeckia that attracted so many pollinators fades, the Goldenrod is offering a pollinator feast now. This 365 Nature project has really helped me see how pollinator design really works and I've been much more in tune with the changes throughout the year. I've watched the first dandelions attract bees while a Spring Azure...

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365 Nature – Day 237

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Some days things just don't work out and every direction throws up a dead end. This morning started along that path. The one day we couldn't park on the south end of the arboretum and had to drive all the way through to get to summer school, was a day of horrific traffic. Thanks to two accidents on the highway, the arboretum was backed up and stopped, all the way through. Once I'd eventually dropped my daughter off, I headed...

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