365 Nature – Day 305

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


Seattle has officially had the wettest October on record and on this last day of the month, the rain is working to make that record secure. This morning started out wet and I dropped my daughter off in the pouring rain. The school takes it in stride, the kids are bundled in rain gear and they see a rainy day as a great mud pit day. I however, am not so well suited.

Never-the-less, I set out for a walk…

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365 Nature – Day 304

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


Yesterday afternoon I received an email telling me that my glass bird I had designed on Day 296 was ready to be picked up. Very excitedly, I drove to Tacoma this morning to the Museum of Glass and bring it home. As I waited, I looked at the other birds the master glass blowers had created during the Bird Lover’s Weekend and there were some very nice ones. I was happy to see when my bird came…

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365 Nature – Day 303

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


Over the last week we’ve had a yard full of goldfinches and this morning they’re still abundant. I’ve seen them at all the feeders, they seem to like the shelled sunflowers and the patio mix and at times they’ve been quite numerous. Earlier this week I looked out the window and saw a couple of dozen at least, covering the feeders, the ground and even the chain holding the feeders on the tree. There are other birds around…

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365 Nature – Day 302

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


This week is officially Bat Week, “an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. Bat Week is organized by a team of representatives from across the United States and Canada from conservation organizations and government departments.” While I didn’t spot any bats today, I wanted to share some of my encounters with bats in the past.

Several years ago, while I was a student at the University of Oregon, I took a summer ecology class and at…

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365 Nature – Day 301

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


Looking back over the last few days of the 365 Nature project, it seems few days have gone by without mushrooms featured either in photos or the post writing. Indeed, it’s nearly impossible to walk through the arboretum without encountering them or nearly stepping on them. They are absolutely everywhere, and as soon as one turns black and melts back to the ground, a dozen more pop up out of the grass, soil or mulch.

This morning we…

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365 Nature – Day 300

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


It’s satisfying to change out the number two for the number three today. That means only 65 days left, or really, 66 because it’s leap year. I’m finally on the home stretch of this 365 project.

Today it rained, and then it rained some more. Every time I checked the radar map (a fairly obsessive activity with a child in forest preschool) it looked like it was nearly over and then it would pour buckets again. During one such break…

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