365 Nature – Day 278

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


The only thing better than a cool autumn morning is a cool autumn morning after it’s rained. Our rain has been scarce this autumn so far but this morning we finally got a little bit with more promised later in the week. The rains not only wash away the thick layer of dust accumulated from the summer, but bring a renewed life to the moss, lichen and ferns while encouraging fungi to sprout up out of the ground. Today I enjoyed all of those things and found mushrooms including orange cup fungi, lichens that had turned back to green again and mosses that were soft and green.

One discovery baffled me however. It was growing in the crack of a log on the ground and at first I thought…

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365 Nature – Day 277

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


A cloudy and cool morning led me to swap my 200mm macro lens for my 35mm lens today. As I walked through the arboretum I looked for more autumn colors, of which there is no shortage thanks to the wide diversity of plants. The maples are starting to turn colors and I found trees running the full spectrum from yellow to red. Likewise, the witch hazel trees are also changing colors. These trees are rather unassuming all summer, but once autumn begins they turn many shades and often on the same tree. After the leaves fall it’ll be time to start watching out for the spider-like flowers which bloom in winter. They’re one of my favorite non-native trees in the arboretum to watch during the colder months.

I went…

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