Field Journal: Snow in Seattle

It’s not very often we get snow in the city of Seattle, and even less often we get multiple inches. But last night it started snowing and it was still coming down this morning. I measured four and a half inches on our deck rail early this morning. It continued coming down off and on throughout the morning and the trees were covered in snow. All the bare branches had a thick layer of white and a slight tap would bring it crashing down. The neighborhood kids were out immediately and everyone migrated to our park where there’s a…

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365 Nature – Day 352

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Last night the temperatures dipped into the 20’s, quite cold for Seattle, and I forgot to bring the hummingbird feeders inside. When I know we have freezing weather in the forecast I try and remember to take the hummingbird feeders down and bring them inside the house. Of course, I often forget and last night I forgot so this morning the feeder on the window was a solid block of ice. I brought it inside, put it in…

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365 Nature – Day 346

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Yesterday afternoon our Ring doorbell motion detector rang and I assumed it was the mail. The Ring doorbell is a device that senses motion as well as a doorbell and if it detects movement, or if someone rings it, it starts to record video. Usually we use this to see who is at the door or talk to people at the door if we’re not home. The motion sensor rings many times each day either from the mail…

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365 Nature – Day 345

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I’ve spent so much time in the arboretum during the autumn finding fungi, I have overlooked my own garden. With the adjustment to preschool every day, it’s left less time for our own yard observations. That, coupled with one of the wettest autumns on record, I’ve spend very little time in our yard. I still watch the birds from our windows and so don’t completely neglect our yard, but there’s always far more to see while outside.

Today, while…

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365 Nature – Day 339

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With the possibility of snow coming tonight, Seattle has turned it’s collective eye to the sky. This morning I saw reports of snow to the southeast of us and surveyed the sky. I was surprised to see clear, blue skies to the north and to the east and south dark clouds. But most interesting to me were the clouds directly east. I had to get my cloud selector wheel to figure out what they were because they had…

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365 Nature – Day 331

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Another dark autumn day, but there are sparks of light all around our yard. We don’t get fireflies here, but we do get something that is just as flashy. Anna’s Hummingbirds have been a regular presence since I put the feeders back up and I’ve been watching them like I do every autumn and winter. This year we’ve had regular males visited the feeders and perching in the yard. Last year my memory, although often faulty, recalls more…

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