365 Nature – Day 339

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. With the possibility of snow coming tonight, Seattle has turned it's collective eye to the sky. This morning I saw reports of snow to the southeast of us and surveyed the sky. I was surprised to see clear, blue skies to the north and to the east and south dark clouds. But most interesting to me were the clouds directly east. I had to get my cloud selector wheel to figure out what they were because they had a bubble...

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365 Nature – Day 338

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Over the duration of this 365 Nature Project I've repeatedly written about and taken photos of clouds. I even joined the Cloud Appreciation Society early this year. I've long appreciated clouds, particularly from a photography perspective where a featureless blue sky makes for very dull photos. Living in the Pacific Northwest offers plenty of excellent cloud opportunities and I'm frequently at our upstairs windows taking photos of the changing clouds. Granted, we have had quite a few flat gray days lately...

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365 Nature – Day 337

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. There is one thing I really like to do at the arboretum after a rainy night - visit the creeks. There are three, but one is currently under construction being renovated and brought to the surface. The other two I visit regularly as they are bookends on my walks. The first is on the north end of the park and connects two ponds. In the spring it's full of Skunk Cabbage and in the summer it's shaded with a towering...

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365 Nature – Day 336

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning started out rather sunny, but the clouds swiftly took over the sky turning Seattle into a stereotypical late autumn day.  The weather has been cooling and gray, so overcast it's hard to tell what time of day it is without a watch. Next week is expected to cool even further allowing for a chance of snow in the lowlands, always an exciting prospect here in Seattle where snow is not overly common. The birds don't seem to mind...

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365 Nature – Day 335

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It's autumn and I've given up trying to avoid fungi. They're simply everywhere, and so interesting that I just can't walk by without stopping to look and take a photo. Over the last 300 plus days of this project, I've tried to focus on different things, but over the last month it seems fungi has taken over the days. True, I've written about and photographed mosses, slime molds and lichens, but it always seems to come back to fungi. To be...

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365 Nature – Day 334

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. There is one guaranteed place to find Anna's Hummingbirds in the arboretum during the autumn months: the winter garden. In this garden, designed specifically for the season with winter blooming plants like witch hazel, or plants with interesting stems colors or forms, are a couple of Oregon Grape cultivars. These plants grow huge, reminiscent of prehistoric plants and animals which grew to enormous sizes compared to their modern counterparts. These two Oregon Grapes grow like trees, branching their pokey leaf...

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