365 Nature – Day 290

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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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365 Nature – Day 288

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We are in the midst of a series of big storms here in the Pacific Northwest. We have had torrential rain since yesterday that has barely stopped. Fortunately, here in Seattle the wind has been minimal, but in other areas around Puget Sound, thousands are without power and trees are blowing over. Some areas have seen large hail. South in Oregon, tornadoes have been touching down and the west coast is seeing thunder and lightning. It’s been a wild…

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365 Nature – Day 287

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


In recent weeks I’ve noticed tiny flying blue, fuzzy insects around Seattle. Last year at this same time I noticed them as well in the arboretum where they were flying in dense quantities and stuck all over spider’s webs. They are very easy to catch as they simply float through the air like airborne seeds. Last year I admired them and then thought no more about them until I saw them again this year. I was curious and…

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365 Nature – Day 286

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


This morning I set out through the arboretum hoping to see the deer which has been seen over the last week or so. Which of course is a guarantee I wouldn’t see it because I rarely find what I actively look for. It’s usually best to just wander. So I was not surprised when I didn’t see any deer. But I did run into Larry Hubbell from the Union Bay Watch blog, and he was watching birds…

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365 Nature – Day 285

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


This morning started with a definite autumn chill in the air because the skies were clear overnight. With the prospect of a sunny morning, I opted for a visit to Magnuson Park. I didn’t expect to find any dragonflies with the morning temperature in the mid-40’s, but I was hoping some ducks and other birds would be easy to find in the quickly shedding trees.

It was cool when I arrived, not yet 50 degrees and I set off…

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