365 Nature – Day 232

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This week is the first time we've put our window air conditioner unit up this year. Although we had a warm spring, the nights were cool and we never needed the air conditioner, and the summer this far has been surprisingly moderate - dry, but not hot. Until this week. Unusual for this late in August, the temperatures hit 90 today and I'm glad we have the cool air in the house so I can function and work and not become...

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365 Nature – Day 231

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today starts a, hopefully brief, heatwave in Seattle and because I'm adamantly opposed to the heat, we retreated inside for the afternoon. Recently I started reading the Moomin books, by Tove Jansson, to my daughter and it's our first forage into non-picture books. I wasn't sure if she'd like sitting and listening, she's only four, but she really enjoyed the first chapter and now we've been reading a chapter every day. Moomin was first introduced to me several years ago...

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365 Nature – Day 230

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I had so much fun watching damselflies emerging on Day 225 at the arboretum, that I wanted to try my luck again and see if I could repeat the experience. This morning I headed straight down to the pond and sat for awhile listening to birds before moving to the edge of the pond. I returned to the same place I sat last time, an area with abundant vegetation, next to the concrete wall the damsels climbed up to emerge...

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365 Nature – Day 229

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. About a week after making my first wetland in a bottle, we took some time this morning to take a close look at how they were doing. I made the first at a class, and on Day 223 my daughter and I made two more. The first we made together was my daughter's, in a small, square glass container. The second was a larger one in a wide, circular glass container. We put soil from our backyard in it and then...

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365 Nature – Day 228

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. After the last few days, and indeed, the last three weeks, I've felt a nature overload. Between the Scottish Highlands, Mount Rainier and the peak of summer wildlife in the city - namely dragonflies - it's hard to focus on any one thing. I sometimes wish I were the sort of person who could study one thing for a long time, but there's so much natural history to learn about, I can't ever focus too long on one thing. The weather has returned...

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365 Nature – Day 227

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. We got up early and broke down our camp quickly so we could get back up on the mountain before the crowds this morning. Since yesterday we'd climbed the Skyline Trail, we decided to go up through the valley this time to see a different perspective. The flowers were just as beautiful as I expected, Magenta Paintbrush and Alpine Lupine were abundant and many of the flowers we saw yesterday were also in bloom. As we started to climb, the...

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