365 Nature – Day 321

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning was cold, the first really cold day we've had this autumn after a record-breaking warm start to the season. The temperature was in the lower 40's and was unexpected. I had adapted to the warmer days and had rather forgotten what the normal temperatures should be. I'm glad I had the foresight to put some gloves and a hat in the car earlier in the season. My walk today was very misty, which for a glasses wearer is worse than...

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365 Nature – Day 320

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. As soon as I stepped out of my car this morning at the arboretum, I knew exactly where I was going. I could hear a chorus of crows and I immediately set off in their direction to see if they had an owl in their midst. It didn't take long to find it, a Barred Owl on a branch surrounded by crows. What was interesting were the flickers joining in the ruckus, which I hadn't seen before. At least two...

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365 Nature – Day 319

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Over the last month I've been very focused on fungi, and at times it seems inevitable. Because I've noticed so many mushrooms, my eyes have become fungi radars and I can't seem to not notice them. If they're different, or particularly nice specimens, I have to stop and take a photos. This results in a disproportionate amount of fungi photos each day I go for walks. Today was no exception. I immediately noticed three clusters of small brown mushrooms, which led...

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365 Nature – Day 318

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Over the last couple of months I've developed a night-time ritual of watching the spiders around our back porch light. When we replaced our exterior doors we opted for new doors with small windows at the top. I wish I could say the reasoning for the windows was so I could watch spiders at night, but that would be untrue. Really, we just wanted more light inside, the spider watching was an unexpected bonus. Now, each night on my way...

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365 Nature – Day 317

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. On our day off yesterday, we made the trip to Goodwill, one of my favorite places to visit when I get a chance. A big reason for this is their shelves of children's books, which is extensive. As a bonus, most of the books are only .79 each and they have a lot of older books which are out of print. My daughter and I browsed through and I started to realize how much more important it will be to...

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365 Nature – Day 316

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. In this time of great uncertainty and despair, it's nice to know that at least the sun will continue to rise regardless of what we do to the planet. This morning was quite the sunrise too. When I opened the curtains, I could see a light cloud layer with many breaks between the clouds and I knew the sunrise would be spectacular. A short time later the lowest clouds began to turn red and pink and the stain slowly spread...

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