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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365 Nature – Day 290

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


This afternoon I attended a talk with Peter Wohlleben, the author of The Hidden Life of Trees at Elliott Bay Book Company. We were extremely lucky to get him here as one of only two stops in the US. His book was a bestseller in Germany and fortunately for us, it’s been translated into English and it sounds like a fascinating book.

During the talk, I learned a great many things about trees. Peter talked about his efforts, as a…

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365 Nature – Day 289

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


Everyone in the Pacific Northwest is sitting and waiting for today’s big windstorm to hit. We’ve recovered from the storm yesterday, leaves are covering our front yard now and the I’ve vacuumed the water leaking into the basement many times over the last two days. If I didn’t know better, I would think the worst of the storm is over. Outside it’s not raining and there is only the slightest breeze. The skies are even getting brighter, a…

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