Field Journal: First Day of Spring

The weather forecast promised another dry day, our second in a row, for the first day of spring. With more rain coming until at least Thursday, I decided to make the most of the dry and hopefully sunny morning and spend the first day of spring at Magnuson Park. It was still quite chilly, only in the 40’s when I arrived in the morning, but the sun was shining through a thin layer of clouds. Immediately, signs of spring presented themselves with the blooming Red-flowering Currant just inside the entrance to the wetlands. In all my visits to Magnuson Park over the past few years, I must have never been there at the same time the willows were blooming. I’m sure I would have noticed, they’re hard to miss. All around the wetlands, hundreds of willows were in bloom. Some still only had the tiny white and fuzzy buds, but…

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Field Journal: Point No Point and Foulweather Bluff

With a sunny but cold forecast for this weekend I wanted to get out before we returned to rain next week. I had been exploring quite a bit of the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula near the end of my 365 Nature Project going to Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, Ediz Hook Reserve for the BirdsFort Flagler and Vashon Island and I wanted to keep visiting the area. I had seen Point No Point mentioned a few times in various books and decided to visit there yesterday. Point No Point is on the next small peninsula south from Fort Flagler, located directly west of the southern edge of Whidbey Island. The landscape reminded me very much of Point Robinson on Vashon Island with a lighthouse and a curved, sandy beach lined with driftwood. The main nature draw of Point No Point is that the waters off its…

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Field Journal: Renton Crow Roost

It was only the second day of my 365 Nature Project when we tracked down the crow roost in Renton, nearly one year ago. For years, since we moved into our house in south Seattle, I had watched the crows fly south in a giant stream every night in the autumn and winter months and I wanted to know where they went. On Day 2 of 365 Nature I found out – they descended on a parking lot in an industrial area of Renton, just south of Seattle and near the local Ikea store. It was a thrilling experience with thousands of crows everywhere and starling murmurations adding to the spectacle. For one reason or another I neglected to return the rest of the season and once this autumn rolled around again I put a visit on my list of places to visit.

On Thursday this week I…

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365 Nature – Day 366

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


On my final day of the 365 Nature Project we took our daughter and met some friends at Seattle Children’s Theater for their production of Stellaluna. Based on the book written by Janell Cannon, the play was a fun and new way to experience the story of the fruit bat who lives with birds. We thoroughly enjoy Cannon’s other books and Verdi, Pinduli and Crickwing, along with Stellaluna are all in our regular rotation.

And with that my 365 Nature Project is at an end. I am sad that it’s over and relieved that I get a break, but mostly fulfilled with the project. I have learned so much, seen so many things and gone so many places. I am inspired to continue connecting to nature every single day, taking photos…

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365 Nature – Day 365

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


With the greatest irony I ended up quite sick on Day 365 and unable to get off the couch let alone get outside. My daughter and I were both up all night sick and the morning brought no relief. I spent much of the day on the couch watching the passing clouds through the window. I consoled myself by turning on a slideshow of my photos from the year on the television to watch throughout the day. This was the only day the entire year I was unable to get outside and experience nature. I had to content myself with nature through the window and on a screen.

But tomorrow is the last day of the year, and as it’s a leap year there are actually 366 days, and so…

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365 Nature – Day 364

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


After my final adventures for the year, today I spent going through photos and finishing my posts from the last two days. I’m exhausted, but fulfilled. It’s now started raining and it feels like a good day to rest. And what better way to rest on a rainy day than with a set of nature poets?

In the autumn I was reading the poet John Clare from the new Faber Nature Poets series and shortly before that I had purchased the John Keats edition from the same series. I’ve enjoyed the books very much and had the rest of the series on my wishlist. Luckily for me I received the rest of the set as gifts last week and have been eager to read them. Now that my…

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