365 Nature – Day 281

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


Overnight we had a blustery storm that continued blowing into the morning. My initial goal today was to photograph all the different spiders that have taken up residence on and around our front door. But when I opened the door this morning, they were all gone, vanished. I suppose it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that those light-weight animals should hide during windy days. Yet I was surprised to find none after having so many different types…

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365 Nature – Day 280

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


26747-books-origjpgToday is National Poetry Day which seems appropriate because I’ve been reading my newly received John Clare book from the Faber Nature Poets series. Clare’s poem Insects is one of my favorite poems, but I hadn’t read many of his poems until the last couple of days. I confess I’m no poetry expert, more of a causal reader, but I do know when a poet speaks to…

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365 Nature – Day 279

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


9780804137119I am a wholly devoted pluviophile. That is, I am someone who loves the rain and finds peace in the sound and sight of rain falling. I often sit by the window and watch raindrops hit the leaves bouncing them up and down. I love the surface of a pond or puddle when the rain drops in creating rippling, intersecting patterns. I find rain highly comforting and I don’t mind being outside…

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365 Nature – Day 278

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


The only thing better than a cool autumn morning is a cool autumn morning after it’s rained. Our rain has been scarce this autumn so far but this morning we finally got a little bit with more promised later in the week. The rains not only wash away the thick layer of dust accumulated from the summer, but bring a renewed life to the moss, lichen and ferns while encouraging fungi to sprout up out of the ground….

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365 Nature – Day 277

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


A cloudy and cool morning led me to swap my 200mm macro lens for my 35mm lens today. As I walked through the arboretum I looked for more autumn colors, of which there is no shortage thanks to the wide diversity of plants. The maples are starting to turn colors and I found trees running the full spectrum from yellow to red. Likewise, the witch hazel trees are also changing colors. These trees are rather unassuming all summer,…

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365 Nature – Day 276

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


In past years I’ve planted sunflowers and watched Black-capped Chickadees and American Goldfinches feeding on the seeds. This year I had large patches of rudbeckia flowers growing which attracted many pollinators during the summer as well as the predators such as crab spiders. I knew rudbeckia were good for pollinators, but I didn’t realize they were also good for birds. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve watched one patch of rudbeckia attract many goldfinches, although the other…

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