365 Nature – Day 261

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. A neighbor and friend had a grand opening for her new poetry book shop here in Seattle and I went to see what nature books I could find. I had already inquired about the new Faber Nature Poets series I'd been ogling for awhile and she had ordered them. I picked up the John Keats book, but unfortunately, the other one I really wanted, John Clare, was not available. With Keats in hand, I browsed for awhile to see what...

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365 Nature – Day 255

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. The first time I heard about Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain was when I read Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane. He uses Shepherd's book as a catalyst for his chapter on mountains and I placed the book in the back of my mind as something to read should I happen upon it. It wasn't more than a few months later that I did happen upon it in a bookshop's section about local culture. The bookstore was in Aviemore, a town on the west side of...

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365 Nature – Day 248

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It's frequent, almost always in fact, that I'm behind on the latest books. My to-read stacks usually measure a dozen books high at any given time. But after I made an effort to start reading more diversity of nature writers, my stacks were mixed up a little. It's partly because of this and partly because I wanted to read something everyone was talking about, which found The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World at the top of my list recently....

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365 Nature – Day 112

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. Whenever I go to Seattle Goodwill I browse through the books and almost without fail I find something worthwhile. Yesterday...

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Book Review:: Baby Birds – An Artist Looks into the Nest

I sat at our picnic table and watched the Bewick's Wrens going in and out of our nest box carrying sticks, grass, feather - materials for building a nest. The box was red and solid, hiding the mysteries of what was transpiring inside those walls. As the wrens stopped bringing materials and acted more mysterious, silently slipping out of the box and dropping to the ground, curiosity consumed my mind. What was going on in there? Were there eggs? Was the female inside sitting on eggs, laying them? What were they doing inside? How many eggs were there? The best...

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365 Nature – Day 101

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. Local Washington author Thor Hanson released his first children's book this week, Bartholomew Quill: A Crow's Quest to Know Who's...

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