Field Journal: Denny Creek

This summer was the third in a row we have gone camping at Denny Creek, located in North Bend, Washington, near Snoqualmie Pass. The first year it was sunny and warm and I saw dragonflies, butterflies and all manner of moths. Last year, it was decidedly less sunny. We arrived during a light rain, and the next day it rained so hard that we drove east of the Cascades to dry out. The final day was finally dry and peaceful but still cool and there were few insects out. 

This year promised to be sunny with only warm weather in the forecast, and it delivered. It was a timely visit because we avoided a particularly hot spell in Seattle while we were in the mountains. This year we camped with two of our daughter’s school friends and their families, and together we all made the trek to the…

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365 Nature – Day 259

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


Some may say “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade”, but I say, when the wind blows a spider onto your lap, take a photo. What else is a naturalist to do when a pink spider falls out of a tree with a leaf and lands on the keyboard? I can’t say I’ve ever encountered a spider that was pink before, but this one had an abdomen that was certainly that shade. You never know what the wind will drop on you, better take advantage of it.

This year, my daughter is in 5 day-a-week forest preschool and I’ll be visiting the arboretum much more than last year. I’ve already found one benefit, seeing how things can change with only one day difference. Yesterday, on Day 258 the weather…

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