365 Nature – Day 296

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


This morning I got to do something very exciting, I designed my own Toikka glass bird. Every year the Museum of Glass in Tacoma has the Bird Lover’s Weekend where they have a focus on glass birds designed by Finnish glass maker Oiva Toikka. He has been designing birds for over 40 years for the Finnish glass company Iittala. There are hundreds of different birds, many out of production and hard to find. They release new birds each year and…

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365 Nature – Day 295

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


Yesterday afternoon I noticed a damselfly larvae in my wetland in a bottle and watched it for awhile. It was resting on the bottom, walking over the gravel very slowly. I put up my hand loupe and saw it’s jaws moving back and forth. Perhaps it had just had a meal, or was preparing for the next one. As I watched, it put its legs very slowly on the side of the glass jar and tried to…

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365 Nature – Day 294

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


Since yesterday afternoon I’ve been watching the weather closely. I was really hoping to get a dry morning so I could bring my tripod to the arboretum and try and get better mushroom photos since the ones I took yesterday were dark and grainy. The forecast called for rain overnight and I hoped for a break in the morning. And did we get rain overnight. Our basement, which saw very little water last autumn and winter, has been…

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365 Nature – Day 293

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


Today I went on an accidental mushroom hunt. I didn’t mean to, I had taken photos of mushrooms for Day 292 just yesterday, but shortly after I set out I came across the most quintessentially autumn scene of a cluster of butter yellow mushrooms on top of a log. As I took photos I noticed more and more mushrooms all around me and the more I looked, the more I saw. Some were easy to spot, but not enough…

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365 Nature – Day 292

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


Mid October, a cool day with clouds and sun changing places every half hour, it feels like the quintessential autumn day. As I walked through the wetland part of the arboretum this morning I spotted clusters of mushrooms standing in the fallen leaves and trees full of color, despite the recent windstorms. In duck pond, a carousel of Wood Ducks went round and round, males chasing each other in an infinite circle. I saw only one female, but a…

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365 Nature – Day 291

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


I was back in the arboretum after a few days away and I was curious to see how the park held up to the windstorm over the weekend. It was easy to see evidence of wind, leaves coated the ground, thickly in many places. I love to walk through after wind, before the parks crew blow the leaves all away. There were many small branches down and a couple of trees. One magnolia tree simply leaned over in…

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