365 Nature – Day 257

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Tomorrow my daughter's forest preschool resumes for the year and today is our last day of relative peace. We're having a calm day at home today and this morning I spent time in the backyard looking at what flowers remained blooming this late in the season. Although we're having a short heatwave, temperatures today and tomorrow are forecast to be in the high 70's, the air still feels of autumn. The numbers of pollinators are low, a few honey bees, a...

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365 Nature – Day 256

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This summer, it feels as though there has been few birds in our yard, or if they're there, I just haven't paid attention. Over the last couple of weeks, I've noticed a return presence of the Bewick's Wren. In the spring they nested in our yard and I watched them constantly, but since then I've only seen or heard them occasionally. Recently though, every time we go out back they're there with their alarm calls. This morning a lone crow sat...

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365 Nature – Day 254

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. With autumn in the air, although today it seems we're having a relapse to summer, I wanted to get the bird feeders hung back up. I take them down in the spring because the parks and my own garden start to provide an abundance of food and what the birds really need in spring are insects to feed their chicks. Earlier this week I cleaned them all out with a bleach water solution and let them air dry. I still have...

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365 Nature – Day 252

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning we took a walk in the drizzle to the beach and wetlands behind our house. The water of Lake Washington was calm and a liquid blue slowly waved like a lava lamp across the surface. In the wetlands, the leaves were dropping like we've seen at Seward Park recently with many brown Big Leaf Maple leaves covering areas under the canopy. Along the boardwalk, more leaves from the Alders and other trees colorfully dotted the path. Although we're expecting...

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365 Nature – Day 250

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Last night it rained. When it rains during the day I rejoice and savor every minute of it. When it rains at night, it's comforting to listen to while asleep. This morning the ground was wet, even to the point of soggy and what a relief it was. The brown, dusty plants feel refreshed, even at the end of their season of growth. It's like sending them off to hibernation all clean and fresh. Of course, the water droplets on...

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365 Nature – Day 243

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. My daughter is on a break between summer school and the start of the new year of her forest preschool and I've been coming up with activities to keep her occupied. Yesterday we made solar ovens from pizza boxes and today she made a roly poly house with the help of our neighbor. They had fun scooping up some soil and then placing leaves and rocks and other plant materials they found. Then we hunted for roly poly bugs. It...

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