365 Nature – Day 366

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


On my final day of the 365 Nature Project we took our daughter and met some friends at Seattle Children’s Theater for their production of Stellaluna. Based on the book written by Janell Cannon, the play was a fun and new way to experience the story of the fruit bat who lives with birds. We thoroughly enjoy Cannon’s other books and Verdi, Pinduli and Crickwing, along with Stellaluna are all in our regular rotation.

And with that my 365 Nature Project is at an end. I am sad that it’s over and relieved that I get a break, but mostly fulfilled with the project. I have learned so much, seen so many things and gone so many places. I am inspired to continue connecting to nature every single day, taking photos…

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365 Nature – Day 365

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


With the greatest irony I ended up quite sick on Day 365 and unable to get off the couch let alone get outside. My daughter and I were both up all night sick and the morning brought no relief. I spent much of the day on the couch watching the passing clouds through the window. I consoled myself by turning on a slideshow of my photos from the year on the television to watch throughout the day. This was the only day the entire year I was unable to get outside and experience nature. I had to content myself with nature through the window and on a screen.

But tomorrow is the last day of the year, and as it’s a leap year there are actually 366 days, and so…

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365 Nature – Day 364

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


After my final adventures for the year, today I spent going through photos and finishing my posts from the last two days. I’m exhausted, but fulfilled. It’s now started raining and it feels like a good day to rest. And what better way to rest on a rainy day than with a set of nature poets?

In the autumn I was reading the poet John Clare from the new Faber Nature Poets series and shortly before that I had purchased the John Keats edition from the same series. I’ve enjoyed the books very much and had the rest of the series on my wishlist. Luckily for me I received the rest of the set as gifts last week and have been eager to read them. Now that my…

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365 Nature – Day 363

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


It was very nice to be able to stay in Port Angeles so I had the opportunity to start early in the morning on the second day of my adventure. I did the same thing as on Day 362, but in exactly the reverse order. Since I was in Port Angeles I drove first to the Ediz Hook Reservation for Native Birds to watch the sunrise over the bay. I found a place to pull off the road and got out of the car, walking a very short distance towards the beach to take photos of the sunrise and see what birds were out in the water. For a moment I scanned the water and as I turned my gaze to the right I saw a large animal right…

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365 Nature – Day 362

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


With only a few days left of 365 Nature I decided to make the most of it while I could. I decided to head to the Olympic Peninsula and visit Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, someplace I’d only been once before, nearly two years ago. The last time I was there it was a very foggy day which made the coastal forest stunningly beautiful. However magical the fog was in the forest though, it wasn’t quite so wonderful on the beach because I couldn’t see much of anything.

This morning when I arrived it was dry and cloudy, but not foggy. Once I landed on the beach I could see the Olympic mountains to the west covered in a new layer of snow and the sky was a…

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365 Nature – Day 361

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


This summer I developed a particular fondness for our marine life after visiting extreme low tides at Alki Beach on Day 187 and Scenic Beach on Days 185 and 186. The winter tides have been very high, in fact today’s high tides are around plus 10 while the lowest tide barely gets below zero, not good for watching marine animals. Today we decided to visit Seattle Aquarium on the waterfront. I like to visit the aquarium because I can see the animals during this time of the year when tides are high and I also get to see them very close. Some, like the octopus, scallops and sea pens live deeper and are not frequently seen during standard low tides. I am not, and will never, be…

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