365 Nature – Day 342

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I only had time for a shorter walk today at the arboretum so I opted to visit Foster Island in hopes of seeing the winter ducks I'd spotted on Day 337. Because it was clear and sunny again, although still very cold, I brought my big lens with me hoping to get some shots of the teals and shovelers. When I arrived, I was very surprised to find the pond had frozen over. It's a large pond and I underestimated...

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365 Nature – Day 341

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. We had a disappointing start the day when we woke up to no snow at all this morning. It was cold and there was a layer of frost over everything which my four year old found very exciting. There's another chance for snow later in the week so we'll be hoping for the childhood wonder to fall then. There were a few dark clouds to the southeast at daybreak, but otherwise the day was clear and soon to be sunny....

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365 Nature – Day 339

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

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365 Nature – Day 333

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. After a little more than a week away, I was back in the arboretum for my walk. Things have changed little, the trees are a little more bare and the weather is a little cooler. But looking closer there are always signs of change. There are fewer freshly emerged mushrooms now and the fungi I did find were mostly in stages of decomposition. They all looked like they were melting slowly. I did find a few new mushrooms, one patch...

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365 Nature – Day 331

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

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365 Nature – Day 315

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today I walked through the arboretum and very quickly was stopped by a flock of frantic songbirds. Chickadees, kinglets and wrens were high in the trees bouncing around like ping-pong balls. It was easy to see why, a Barred Owl sat dozing on a branch of one of the trees, completely ignoring their protests. It barely moved its head and I never even saw it open its eyes. I believed it was the female because I think the male roosts...

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