365 Nature – Day 347

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


This morning was dark, one of our infamous Seattle dreary days, and it hasn’t improved. Although the radar map showed the rain clouds had passed by this morning, a mist still floated down through the air, coating everything in dampness during my walk. It makes it hard to see anything because my wet glasses obscure my vision. Not that many birds are out in this type of weather anyway, aside from the juncos, which are always active. I…

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365 Nature – Day 346

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


Yesterday afternoon our Ring doorbell motion detector rang and I assumed it was the mail. The Ring doorbell is a device that senses motion as well as a doorbell and if it detects movement, or if someone rings it, it starts to record video. Usually we use this to see who is at the door or talk to people at the door if we’re not home. The motion sensor rings many times each day either from the mail…

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365 Nature – Day 345

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


I’ve spent so much time in the arboretum during the autumn finding fungi, I have overlooked my own garden. With the adjustment to preschool every day, it’s left less time for our own yard observations. That, coupled with one of the wettest autumns on record, I’ve spend very little time in our yard. I still watch the birds from our windows and so don’t completely neglect our yard, but there’s always far more to see while outside.

Today, while…

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365 Nature – Day 344

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


Last night we finally saw some snow falling in Seattle. Over the week we had repeated advisories about snow falling but never saw anything at all. Yesterday it started in the south and slowly moved north hitting us around 8pm but going as quickly as it came. A few little flakes and then a pause before it started coming down again. We never got very much though, enough to cover the grass, roofs and trees, but not enough…

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365 Nature – Day 343

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


Looking out the south facing windows of our second floor rooms is one of my favorite views. We can’t see Lake Washington or the Olympic mountains, nor can we see the city. What I can see are the clouds. Most of our weather comes from the southwest and every time I look out the window I see a new view. I can see the sunrise during these winter mornings and the sunsets, all from the same window. At…

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365 Nature – Day 342

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


I only had time for a shorter walk today at the arboretum so I opted to visit Foster Island in hopes of seeing the winter ducks I’d spotted on Day 337. Because it was clear and sunny again, although still very cold, I brought my big lens with me hoping to get some shots of the teals and shovelers. When I arrived, I was very surprised to find the pond had frozen over. It’s a large pond…

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