365 Nature – Day 323

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


This afternoon as I drove along Lake Washington to pick my daughter up from preschool, a movement in the water caught my attention. I frequently see things in and above the lake during our commutes and this time of the year, it’s frequent to see mergansers, buffleheads, coots and wigeon swimming. What I saw today though, was a mammal. I’m often tricked into thinking this particular mammal is what I see, but more often than not, it’s a…

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365 Nature – Day 322

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


Although cool today it’s sunny and dry, unlike yesterday. After arriving at the arboretum this morning I headed north, towards Foster and Marsh Islands. Every time I walk there it’s different and recently, even more dramatically so. The construction of the new 520 bridge is now focused on the west end, which cuts right over Foster Island. The old bridge did too, but just above surface level with a walking underpass. The new bridge is next to the old,…

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365 Nature – Day 321

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


This morning was cold, the first really cold day we’ve had this autumn after a record-breaking warm start to the season. The temperature was in the lower 40’s and was unexpected. I had adapted to the warmer days and had rather forgotten what the normal temperatures should be. I’m glad I had the foresight to put some gloves and a hat in the car earlier in the season.

My walk today was very misty, which for a glasses wearer is…

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365 Nature – Day 320

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


As soon as I stepped out of my car this morning at the arboretum, I knew exactly where I was going. I could hear a chorus of crows and I immediately set off in their direction to see if they had an owl in their midst. It didn’t take long to find it, a Barred Owl on a branch surrounded by crows. What was interesting were the flickers joining in the ruckus, which I hadn’t seen before. At…

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365 Nature – Day 319

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


Over the last month I’ve been very focused on fungi, and at times it seems inevitable. Because I’ve noticed so many mushrooms, my eyes have become fungi radars and I can’t seem to not notice them. If they’re different, or particularly nice specimens, I have to stop and take a photos. This results in a disproportionate amount of fungi photos each day I go for walks.

Today was no exception. I immediately noticed three clusters of small brown mushrooms, which…

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365 Nature – Day 318

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


Over the last couple of months I’ve developed a night-time ritual of watching the spiders around our back porch light. When we replaced our exterior doors we opted for new doors with small windows at the top. I wish I could say the reasoning for the windows was so I could watch spiders at night, but that would be untrue. Really, we just wanted more light inside, the spider watching was an unexpected bonus. Now, each night on…

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