365 Nature – Day 238

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


Another heatwave, another day of drought and sun. I’m proud to have added plants to our yard to provide a continual bloom for our pollinators. As the rudbeckia that attracted so many pollinators fades, the Goldenrod is offering a pollinator feast now. This 365 Nature project has really helped me see how pollinator design really works and I’ve been much more in tune with the changes throughout the year. I’ve watched the first dandelions attract bees while a Spring Azure butterfly laid eggs on our Pacific Ninebark before the flowers had even fully emerged. The Pacific Ninebark attracted many pollinators once the flowers bloomed and Fireweed followed. Now the asters are starting to bloom and the Goldenrod is bountiful, having spread throughout much of our yard.

This…

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365 Nature – Day 161

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.

June is also 30 Days Wild and I’m participating again this year.


One of my favorite flowering plants in our backyard is the Fireweed and it’s blooming right now. I’ve had the perfect succession of blooming plants this spring in the corner of our yard starting with the Pacific Ninebark and Twinberry followed closely by Mock Orange and now the Fireweed. Near the end…

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365 Nature – Day 151

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


After our day-long adventure yesterday, we decided to stay home and get tasks done today. Fortunately, there’s always plenty of nature to see at home and this morning I sat out back on this sunny day and watched the insects buzzing around. The Pacific Ninebark is done blooming now, but the Mock Orange and Twinberry have taken over the bloom and are a constant…

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365 Nature – Day 115

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Yesterday afternoon we went outside and I did some weeding in our flower meadow and again noticed the bees on the California Lilac. It was cooler than it had been and there weren’t quite as many as there were on Day 111, but I found a few to try and get photos of.

Today we bought some new items for camping, like a sleeping…

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365 Nature – Day 111

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


When we bought our house, nearly four years ago a row of evergreen shrubs was growing along the entire front yard and I declared when we had plants suitable to replace them, they all had to go. They had been pruned away from the yard so they all hang over the sidewalk and one continually grows around a fire hydrant and requires constant pruning….

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365 Nature – Day 39

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.



Update:: Bumble Bee Watch ID’d my bumble bee as Bombus melanopygus and requested I submit my sighting to their website, which I just did.

One thing I’m quickly learning as I do this 365 Nature project is that when I plan to go look for something specific, I either don’t find it, or…

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