365 Nature – Day 251

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. The cool, cloudy weather inspired me to visit Seward Park today, but instead of the paved loop trail around the perimeter of the park we usually go on, we opted for the forested interior. The blissful Pacific Northwest forests are perfect any time of the year, but the autumn months lend a certain something special to the feel of our woods. The large, crisp leaves from the Big Leaf Maple tree drift around on the ground offering a change, while the...

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365 Nature – Day 250

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Last night it rained. When it rains during the day I rejoice and savor every minute of it. When it rains at night, it's comforting to listen to while asleep. This morning the ground was wet, even to the point of soggy and what a relief it was. The brown, dusty plants feel refreshed, even at the end of their season of growth. It's like sending them off to hibernation all clean and fresh. Of course, the water droplets on...

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365 Nature – Day 249

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It's been awhile since I did any arts and crafts and today I decided would be a good day to do something. Last autumn I dabbled in making plant imprints in clay. Then I made small ones that could be made into pendants or other wearables. My method was to use oven baked clay, roll it out, place a leaf or flower on it, roll the foliage in and peel it off. After it was baked hard, I painted it...

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365 Nature – Day 248

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It's frequent, almost always in fact, that I'm behind on the latest books. My to-read stacks usually measure a dozen books high at any given time. But after I made an effort to start reading more diversity of nature writers, my stacks were mixed up a little. It's partly because of this and partly because I wanted to read something everyone was talking about, which found The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World at the top of my list recently....

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365 Nature – Day 247

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I set up lights around my wetland in a bottle this morning to get a better look at the inhabitants on this rainy morning. As I looked I found many extremely tiny snails, so young they still had clear shells. I have seen clumps of eggs all over the container since I assembled it and I assumed they were all snail eggs. Today I looked closely and found one batch that I could see things in. It's extremely difficult to...

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365 Nature – Day 246

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. The autumnal feeling continued today and the first thing I saw was a dynamic sunrise with dramatic clouds turned orange. Shortly after breakfast it started raining, really raining. This week has been the first real rain we've had in quite a long time. I've had to stop myself from going outside to water the garden, it's become such an ingrained habit since our hot spring. The wind swept the clouds along today and I could see them racing through the sky....

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