365 Nature – Day 235

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Next to my daughter's forest classroom this morning we found a slime mold. It was hard to miss, being a bright lemon color and at least a foot or more in diameter. We stopped to investigate it and found it resembled a pile of finely shredded cheese, but  was sticky, like dough with too much water. It was spreading on bark mulch which was fairly wet from irrigation. After I dropped her off and started walking, something caught my eye under...

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365 Nature – Day 234

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It was blissfully cool and cloudy this morning, a nice change from the record-breaking 90+ degrees the last few days. Yesterday afternoon after I posted for Day 233, I went back out to watch the crab spider again. I noticed the spider had picked one of the very few rudbeckia flowers that still had pollen on the stamens sticking up out of the top of the flower. The rest had already started going to seed. In the afternoon, the spider...

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365 Nature – Day 233

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Despite another day of record heat I ventured out to water this morning and see what I could find. I was pleasantly surprised by a face looking back at me from the top of a Rudbeckia flower, a grasshopper. It sat patiently while I went back inside to get my camera and I was able to get some good shots of it. I looked around the other flowers and finally spotted another visitor, a yellow crab spider, perfectly blended into...

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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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