365 Nature – Day 265

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today I visited the recently opened Yesler Swamp in Seattle. The boardwalks were just completed this summer by volunteers, opening the trails to the public. The swamp lies on the north end of Union Bay in Seattle, next to the Center for Urban Horticulture. On the other side of The Center for Urban Horticulture is 'the fill', more properly known as Union Bay Natural Area. Yesler Swamp was historically used a a lumber hub and has sat mostly abandoned for many years....

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365 Nature – Day 264

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Yesterday, on Day 263 I looked at the leaves starting to change colors. Today I noticed more signs of autumn as I walked around the arboretum. The first seems like it should be more a sign of spring, because we associate new greenery with that season and not autumn. However, like the moss I saw yesterday, a return to green is common with a return of the rain and today I noticed Licorice Ferns sprouting from trees. They nearly always...

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365 Nature – Day 263

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. One of my favorite places to experience autumn in Seattle is at Washington Park Arboretum. The reason is because there are so many different species of trees there, it's a continuous cacophony of colors. The leaves are already turning colors and a walk from one end of the arboretum to the other produces yellows, oranges, reds and every shade in-between. The first leaves to change are my favorites as the green gives way in patterns on each individual leaf. Yellow may...

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365 Nature – Day 262

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today I got to indulge in a bit of bugdork fandom when we went to the Burke Museum for their Bug Blast day and I got to meet The Bug Chicks. I've long been a fan of The Bug Chicks and supported their Sofa Safari film project and my bugdork sticker has been on my car and their poster in my daughter's room every since. We were lucky to see them four years ago when they were last at Bug Blast here...

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365 Nature – Day 261

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. A neighbor and friend had a grand opening for her new poetry book shop here in Seattle and I went to see what nature books I could find. I had already inquired about the new Faber Nature Poets series I'd been ogling for awhile and she had ordered them. I picked up the John Keats book, but unfortunately, the other one I really wanted, John Clare, was not available. With Keats in hand, I browsed for awhile to see what...

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365 Nature – Day 260

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. If there was any doubt that my daughter was born in Seattle, all one has to do is observe her when the sun comes through the dining room windows in the morning. She closes her eyes and says the sun is too bright and hides in the shadows. It's surprising she doesn't hiss as well to complete the vampire effect. While I'm pretty much the same way, I have found one benefit to the blinding morning sun, it creates great...

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