365 Nature – Day 224

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. The side garden in our backyard is one of the areas I've focused the most attention since we moved in, nearly four years ago now. I've planted two Vine Maple trees, one I had to replace after it died in last summer's drought. I also have several types of ferns, penstemon, Tiger Lily, Sweet Cicily, Western Trilliums, Wild Ginger, Snowberry and others. I first planted Large-leaved Avens which grew well there, but since then it's spread too much and today...

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365 Nature – Day 223

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Yesterday evening I attended a workshop to build a wetlands in a bottle. The idea is simple, to recreate a miniature wetlands in a glass container, and the practice was just as simple. We first put down a layer of topsoil, topped with a layer of gravel. In this we put plants, the instructor provided us with two, Sagittaria subulata and Ludwigia repens. Then we added some water from Lake Washington, topped it off with tap water and then they were done....

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365 Nature – Day 222

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. A walk around Seward Park was our destination this morning and my daughter took her balance bike to ride the two and a half mile loop while I walked. She's gotten very fast on it and it allows me to finally get a good walk. We used to walk the loop several times a week when she was in a stroller, but once she outgrew it walking the full loop was not easy because it took her a long time to...

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365 Nature – Day 221

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. As I've watched nature closer than I ever have before over the last 220 days, I've started to notice the seasonal changes a lot more. That doesn't mean simply noticing the leaves changing colors or the temperature changes, although I've noticed these more acutely as well. It's the smaller things that have presented themselves to me and I've been looking close enough to notice. Since we  returned home from Scotland I've noticed a number of katydids around, the first in our...

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365 Nature – Day 220

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. On our first day back in Seattle, I spent most of the day in front of the computer trying to get my photos copied and get my backed up 365 Nature posts ready. The weather is tolerable, not too hot and it even rained a little today, something I very much appreciated. It would have been unbearable returning to Seattle from Scotland to hot days. I took a break this afternoon to go outside and look for some bugs and...

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365 Nature – Day 219

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. My ordeal in Amsterdam wasn't quite done and after the experience of Day 218 I was ready to get home. We had no problems with security in Seattle or Inverness, but traveling as a naturalist in Amsterdam was terrible. All of my bags got pulled aside, myself and our daughter were both patted down. In my field bag, they removed everything, searched my binoculars and even made me open my watercolors. By the end of it I was cranky and...

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