365 Nature – Day 353

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


Although I haven’t written much about my wetland in a bottle recently, I’ve still been watching the life inside regularly. There are two and the larger one has grown a great amount of vegetation and it’s hard to see the life inside. Today I saw a half dozen damselfly larvae of various sizes. Recently I’d seen scud and snails, but today I could find none of either and I wonder why. The other container, which is taller…

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365 Nature – Day 352

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Last night the temperatures dipped into the 20’s, quite cold for Seattle, and I forgot to bring the hummingbird feeders inside. When I know we have freezing weather in the forecast I try and remember to take the hummingbird feeders down and bring them inside the house. Of course, I often forget and last night I forgot so this morning the feeder on the window was a solid block of ice. I brought it inside, put it in…

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365 Nature – Day 351

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


Finally we have a sunny day. I hoped and suspected it might be sunny today when I could see the stars through the skylight early this morning. Although a few clouds passed overhead on our way to school this morning, it ended up being clear and sunny. The sun however, did very little for warmth and I walked around the arboretum with many layers on, moving to keep warm. The sun filtered through the trees, low in the…

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365 Nature – Day 350

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


As we make the transition to winter, officially December 21st, I’m noticing quite a change. Not only is it much colder with several icy days in recent weeks, the fungi which was so abundant all autumn has now disappeared. Through mid-October to the end of November there were mushrooms absolutely everywhere I looked and although I posted many days about fungi, I knew I had to take advantage before they all disappeared. Now that the cold weather…

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365 Nature – Day 349

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


We’re currently experiencing quite a cold spell here in Seattle. Yesterday I felt cold all day because my long underwear was in the laundry and I never warmed up, even after we returned home. The arboretum is also frozen, but only away from the trees. Under the canopy of trees, there is no frost on the ground at all. But step away from the trees and out into the fields and the grass is frosty, ice forms along…

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365 Nature – Day 348

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


Today I continued my theme from yesterday on Day 347 of looking at trees, but instead of looking down because of the mist, I looked up. Today started dry and cold, but still overcast. As I started on my walk, patches of blue began to show through the clouds and as I looked up I started to appreciate the branches of the deciduous trees now that the leaves have fallen. Like the bark on Day 347, the…

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