365 Nature – Day 348

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


Today I continued my theme from yesterday on Day 347 of looking at trees, but instead of looking down because of the mist, I looked up. Today started dry and cold, but still overcast. As I started on my walk, patches of blue began to show through the clouds and as I looked up I started to appreciate the branches of the deciduous trees now that the leaves have fallen. Like the bark on Day 347, the branches are also diverse and different. The Big-leaf Maples have wide reaching and very thick branches while other trees have branches that are more dainty. Some have branches with few forks while others have many little forks. Some have seeds still attached and others have mosses thick on their branches….

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365 Nature – Day 347

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


This morning was dark, one of our infamous Seattle dreary days, and it hasn’t improved. Although the radar map showed the rain clouds had passed by this morning, a mist still floated down through the air, coating everything in dampness during my walk. It makes it hard to see anything because my wet glasses obscure my vision. Not that many birds are out in this type of weather anyway, aside from the juncos, which are always active. I did spot one of the Barred Owls in the north end roost and pointed out to a passing couple.

The rest of my walk I kept my head down and studied the various tree bark. In the arboretum, there is no shortage of diversity of tree bark. Indeed, some trees are…

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365 Nature – Day 346

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


Yesterday afternoon our Ring doorbell motion detector rang and I assumed it was the mail. The Ring doorbell is a device that senses motion as well as a doorbell and if it detects movement, or if someone rings it, it starts to record video. Usually we use this to see who is at the door or talk to people at the door if we’re not home. The motion sensor rings many times each day either from the mail or other delivery, ourselves coming or going or large trucks like garbage trucks going by.

Yesterday though was a surprise. I heard the ringer and went to check the mail a few minutes later and was surprised there was no mail and no packages. I checked the recorded video and was…

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365 Nature – Day 345

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


I’ve spent so much time in the arboretum during the autumn finding fungi, I have overlooked my own garden. With the adjustment to preschool every day, it’s left less time for our own yard observations. That, coupled with one of the wettest autumns on record, I’ve spend very little time in our yard. I still watch the birds from our windows and so don’t completely neglect our yard, but there’s always far more to see while outside.

Today, while watching the Anna’s Hummingbird at our window feeder, I noticed a mushroom growing along our fence on an old branch. A few years ago a neighbor cut down a tree and I salvaged many of the branches for use in our backyard habitat. Many of them I laid down on…

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365 Nature – Day 344

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


Last night we finally saw some snow falling in Seattle. Over the week we had repeated advisories about snow falling but never saw anything at all. Yesterday it started in the south and slowly moved north hitting us around 8pm but going as quickly as it came. A few little flakes and then a pause before it started coming down again. We never got very much though, enough to cover the grass, roofs and trees, but not enough to make a snowball. We were surprised when schools announced a two hour delay because from our house the roads were clear and there was little snow left after the morning rains began. When we finally made our way to the arboretum we saw it had snowed much more there…

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365 Nature – Day 343

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


Looking out the south facing windows of our second floor rooms is one of my favorite views. We can’t see Lake Washington or the Olympic mountains, nor can we see the city. What I can see are the clouds. Most of our weather comes from the southwest and every time I look out the window I see a new view. I can see the sunrise during these winter mornings and the sunsets, all from the same window. At dusk I can watch the thousands of crows fly over our house on their way to the roost. One day I’d love to set up my camera and to a time lapse during one day.

Today I noted the clouds early in the morning and decided to take a photo…

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