365 Nature – Day 258

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today was the first day since Day 237 that I'd spent any time in the arboretum. Aside from a short preschool orientation, we hadn't been to the arboretum in over two weeks and today I was eager to get back and check on the ponds. After a little morning first-day-of-school chaos which resulted me putting the fulling charged camera battery in the charger and leaving the dead one in the camera, we arrived at the arboretum. The downside of course,...

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365 Nature – Day 257

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Tomorrow my daughter's forest preschool resumes for the year and today is our last day of relative peace. We're having a calm day at home today and this morning I spent time in the backyard looking at what flowers remained blooming this late in the season. Although we're having a short heatwave, temperatures today and tomorrow are forecast to be in the high 70's, the air still feels of autumn. The numbers of pollinators are low, a few honey bees, a...

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365 Nature – Day 256

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This summer, it feels as though there has been few birds in our yard, or if they're there, I just haven't paid attention. Over the last couple of weeks, I've noticed a return presence of the Bewick's Wren. In the spring they nested in our yard and I watched them constantly, but since then I've only seen or heard them occasionally. Recently though, every time we go out back they're there with their alarm calls. This morning a lone crow sat...

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365 Nature – Day 255

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. The first time I heard about Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain was when I read Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane. He uses Shepherd's book as a catalyst for his chapter on mountains and I placed the book in the back of my mind as something to read should I happen upon it. It wasn't more than a few months later that I did happen upon it in a bookshop's section about local culture. The bookstore was in Aviemore, a town on the west side of...

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365 Nature – Day 254

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. With autumn in the air, although today it seems we're having a relapse to summer, I wanted to get the bird feeders hung back up. I take them down in the spring because the parks and my own garden start to provide an abundance of food and what the birds really need in spring are insects to feed their chicks. Earlier this week I cleaned them all out with a bleach water solution and let them air dry. I still have...

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365 Nature – Day 253

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. The sun was shining through the dining room window this morning and illuminated my wetland in a bottle offering a wonderful look at the life inside. Since I put it together on Day 223 I've watched it grow and change. I've added plants collected from waterways around Seattle and most have done very well, but one of the most successful has been the duckweed. I believe I have two types growing now in the container, the smaller Common Duckweed (Lemna...

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