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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365 Nature – Day 245

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It may not be official, but autumn is in the air. It was another nice, cool day and we went to Seward Park to walk around the loop trail. The Big Leaf Maple trees are dropping many leaves, but they're not turning yellow much, mostly just brown. It could be autumn, but it could also be the dry weather and hot summer causing such significant leaf drop. The ground along the path at Seward Park ground was already covered in Big Leaf...

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365 Nature – Day 244

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. During our school break I had intended to visit Alki Beach. We had last visited on Day 187 and although the tides aren't anywhere near as low we wanted to still get out and explore. Today was the lowest tide of the break at a 0 and we met my daughter's school friend there for exploring. Unfortunately before we'd flipped more than a couple of rocks, the rain came drenching everyone. The girls continued to play in the waves and...

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365 Nature – Day 243

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. My daughter is on a break between summer school and the start of the new year of her forest preschool and I've been coming up with activities to keep her occupied. Yesterday we made solar ovens from pizza boxes and today she made a roly poly house with the help of our neighbor. They had fun scooping up some soil and then placing leaves and rocks and other plant materials they found. Then we hunted for roly poly bugs. It...

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365 Nature – Day 242

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Ever since I discovered the hydra in my wetland in a bottle yesterday, on Day 241, I've been sitting in front of the container with my hand loupe, watching the life inside. The diversity in such a small, glass container is truly astounding. I've entered an alien world that I know almost nothing about and it makes me feel like an intrepid explorer making new discoveries. This is why natural history is so exciting and never dull, there's simply too...

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