365 Nature – Day 324

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It seems I can't go anywhere near a bookstore without stopping in and if it's a used bookstore, all the better. I love books, I loved new books, but mostly, I really love used books. Used book stores are my favorite indoor place to visit because they are a treasury of old books, particularly those out of print. When we first moved to Seattle, The Elliott Bay Book Company was located downtown in a beautiful old building and carried many...

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365 Nature – Day 317

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. On our day off yesterday, we made the trip to Goodwill, one of my favorite places to visit when I get a chance. A big reason for this is their shelves of children's books, which is extensive. As a bonus, most of the books are only .79 each and they have a lot of older books which are out of print. My daughter and I browsed through and I started to realize how much more important it will be to...

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365 Nature – Day 300

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It's satisfying to change out the number two for the number three today. That means only 65 days left, or really, 66 because it's leap year. I'm finally on the home stretch of this 365 project. Today it rained, and then it rained some more. Every time I checked the radar map (a fairly obsessive activity with a child in forest preschool) it looked like it was nearly over and then it would pour buckets again. During one such break I escaped...

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Book Review:: Lapwings, Loons & Lousy Jacks

The exact moment I became interested in bird names was the day I was walking through a Finnish nature reserve listening to an unfamiliar bird call and searching the trees trying to find it. As I stood looking and listening, an old man walked by, mumbled something in Finnish to my companion and wandered off. I learned from my Finnish speaking companion that the old man had told him the bird singing was a Tikli, which of course meant nothing to me at the time. Fortunately, I had purchased a bird guide in Finnish and was later able to crawl through...

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365 Nature – Day 290

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This afternoon I attended a talk with Peter Wohlleben, the author of The Hidden Life of Trees at Elliott Bay Book Company. We were extremely lucky to get him here as one of only two stops in the US. His book was a bestseller in Germany and fortunately for us, it's been translated into English and it sounds like a fascinating book. During the talk, I learned a great many things about trees. Peter talked about his efforts, as a forester, to...

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365 Nature – Day 280

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today is National Poetry Day which seems appropriate because I've been reading my newly received John Clare book from the Faber Nature Poets series. Clare's poem Insects is one of my favorite poems, but I hadn't read many of his poems until the last couple of days. I confess I'm no poetry expert, more of a causal reader, but I do know when a poet speaks to me and Clare certainly does that. I'm particularly drawn to his autumn themed poems in...

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