In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning started with a definite autumn chill in the air because the skies were clear overnight. With the prospect of a sunny morning, I opted for a visit to Magnuson Park. I didn't expect to find any dragonflies with the morning temperature in the mid-40's, but I was hoping some ducks and other birds would be easy to find in the quickly shedding trees. It was cool when I arrived, not yet 50 degrees and I set off walking and...
In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I returned to the arboretum hoping for another look at the Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday on Day 273. Although I walked the paths around that area for quite awhile, I failed to find any owls and no alarm calls led me to owls either. I continued my walk and focused on my ears to listen for alarm calls. Something did catch my attention, but at first I wasn't sure what it was, I just knew there was a sound...
In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Is this the end of our hot summer? Today is working on breaking another record for hottest day. Yesterday was the hottest August 25th on record today is working on also breaking that record. Our spring was more like summer than spring and although we enjoyed a cool period in early summer, it's been like an oven lately. Tomorrow we're supposed to start cooling down dramatically and the weekend may be as much as 20 degrees cooler. Seeing as this may...
In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. I had so much fun watching damselflies emerging on Day 225 at the arboretum, that I wanted to try my luck again and see if I could repeat the experience. This morning I headed straight down to the pond and sat for awhile listening to birds before moving to the edge of the pond. I returned to the same place I sat last time, an area with abundant vegetation, next to the concrete wall the damsels climbed up to emerge...
In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. The weather has gotten progressively warmer and today was the warmest day yet. The morning started warm and by the time we got to the arboretum for summer school, I was already feeling the heat. I went for a slow and shorter walk and early on I heard a lot of noise in the leaves off the trail and it sounded a bit too much for squirrels or birds. I stopped and as my eyes adjusted to the dark gloom...
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. One of the Cooper's Hawk fledglings that I've been watching at the arboretum, greeted me today in dramatic fashion. I...