365 Nature – Day 358

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


Today is wet and earlier we even saw a few snowflakes mixed in with the raindrops. The goldfinches, juncos and chickadees are visiting the feeders and it’s not officially winter. Cold, wet days like this are ideal for reading and I’m relieved and happy my daughter gets as much joy from books as I do. A week ago we went through her shelves and pulled out all the books that have to do with winter and we’ve been reading them,…

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365 Nature – Day 357

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


I’ve been feeling the pull of an adventure lately and today I finally had a chance to escape and took it. I left behind family, city and people and headed for the Olympic Peninsula alone driving through a cloudy sunrise. My destination was Fort Flagler State Park, located on the north end of Marrowstone Island in Puget Sound, just across the water from Port Townsend. When I arrived it was cloudy, but I hopped out to explore…

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365 Nature – Day 356

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


I watched the summer solstice sunrise this morning through a clear blue sky. It’s the first official day of winter although here in Seattle it’s felt like winter for a couple of weeks. We’ve had snow and many freezing days, while the mushrooms have slowly faded away. Many people see the solstice as a time to start counting the days to spring, but there are many benefits to these longer nights. As the sun rises later and sets earlier,…

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365 Nature – Day 355

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


Although the forecast called for rain, it’s a bright and sunny day here in Seattle. All morning the wind raged through the trees rattling their bones together but by afternoon it calmed. In the morning we walked to the beach behind our house to see what was in the lake. There were few birds, most had probably found calm shelter in a cove somewhere else along the lake, but a few stuck around our little bay. There was…

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365 Nature – Day 354

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


It was serendipitous that one of the last books I read this year was The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane, one of my favorite authors. Finishing the book last night marked the 39th book I’ve read in 2016, not counting the dozens upon dozens of picture books I’ve read to my daughter. If you’re interested in what other books I read this year, you can see them on my Goodreads page. They’re mostly natural history with…

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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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