365 Nature – Day 327

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. We have no school this week and since it wasn't raining this morning I decided we'd take advantage in the break to visit somewhere new. I've heard a lot about a particular park on Mercer Island, just across the I-90 bridge, but never visited. Luther Burbank Park is on the north end of Mercer Island overlooking Bellevue on the east side of Lake Washington. The park has a playground, tennis courts, off-leash dog park and beaches. It also has wetlands,...

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365 Nature – Day 326

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. There is no school this week and since this morning was dry, if cool, we took at walk to the wetlands behind our house. Because we spend so much time in the arboretum, where my daughter's forest preschool is, we don't spend much time at our more local parks anymore. Before we started school, we'd walk through the wetlands several times a week. Then we spent many hours walking through and around Seward Park, which is also very near our...

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365 Nature – Day 325

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Over the summer I purchased four carnivorous plants and placed them in a container of water on our back deck steps. My daughter and I enjoyed looking at them regularly to see what insects they had caught. We saw many flies inside the pitcher plants and tiny bugs stuck on the sundew plants. The cobra lily was harder to observe because the openings are on the underside of the plant so we never saw what it was catching. About a month...

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365 Nature – Day 324

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It seems I can't go anywhere near a bookstore without stopping in and if it's a used bookstore, all the better. I love books, I loved new books, but mostly, I really love used books. Used book stores are my favorite indoor place to visit because they are a treasury of old books, particularly those out of print. When we first moved to Seattle, The Elliott Bay Book Company was located downtown in a beautiful old building and carried many...

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365 Nature – Day 323

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This afternoon as I drove along Lake Washington to pick my daughter up from preschool, a movement in the water caught my attention. I frequently see things in and above the lake during our commutes and this time of the year, it's frequent to see mergansers, buffleheads, coots and wigeon swimming. What I saw today though, was a mammal. I'm often tricked into thinking this particular mammal is what I see, but more often than not, it's a dog or...

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365 Nature – Day 322

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Although cool today it's sunny and dry, unlike yesterday. After arriving at the arboretum this morning I headed north, towards Foster and Marsh Islands. Every time I walk there it's different and recently, even more dramatically so. The construction of the new 520 bridge is now focused on the west end, which cuts right over Foster Island. The old bridge did too, but just above surface level with a walking underpass. The new bridge is next to the old, but...

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