365 Nature – Day 317

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


On our day off yesterday, we made the trip to Goodwill, one of my favorite places to visit when I get a chance. A big reason for this is their shelves of children’s books, which is extensive. As a bonus, most of the books are only .79 each and they have a lot of older books which are out of print. My daughter and I browsed through and I started to realize how much more important it will…

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365 Nature – Day 316

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


In this time of great uncertainty and despair, it’s nice to know that at least the sun will continue to rise regardless of what we do to the planet. This morning was quite the sunrise too. When I opened the curtains, I could see a light cloud layer with many breaks between the clouds and I knew the sunrise would be spectacular. A short time later the lowest clouds began to turn red and pink and the stain…

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365 Nature – Day 315

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


Today I walked through the arboretum and very quickly was stopped by a flock of frantic songbirds. Chickadees, kinglets and wrens were high in the trees bouncing around like ping-pong balls. It was easy to see why, a Barred Owl sat dozing on a branch of one of the trees, completely ignoring their protests. It barely moved its head and I never even saw it open its eyes. I believed it was the female because I think the male…

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365 Nature – Day 314

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


Today I don’t have many words, but a lot of feelings. Anger, shock, depression and helplessness were all rolling through me during my walk in the rain today. Nature is usually my salvation, my consolation, but today I fear there won’t be enough nature left in the next few years. I worry about catastrophic disasters that will take generations to recover from. I worry that instead of taking solace from nature, we will do nothing but fight to…

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365 Nature – Day 313

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


Here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s record-breaking warm. Today is the sixth consecutive day of 60+ degree days, the first time in over 120 years that’s happened. Today is another record-breaking warm day. The sun is out and everyone is walking around in short sleeved shirts. As I walked through the arboretum, I looked for songbirds to photograph and I encountered many mixed flocks with chickadees, bushtits, nuthatches, creepers and kinglets. But every time I stopped to try…

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365 Nature – Day 312

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


Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re having a bit of a heat wave with temperatures into the 60’s. This is of course, higher than our average November temperatures, and I’ve noticed some things which may or may not be related. This morning I walked past the witch hazels in the winter garden at the arboretum and stopped to look at the flower buds. To my surprise, petals were already starting to emerge. I checked several different witch hazels and…

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