365 Nature – Day 237

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


Some days things just don’t work out and every direction throws up a dead end. This morning started along that path. The one day we couldn’t park on the south end of the arboretum and had to drive all the way through to get to summer school, was a day of horrific traffic. Thanks to two accidents on the highway, the arboretum was backed up and stopped, all the way through. Once I’d eventually dropped my daughter off, I headed off to the pond to take photos of damselflies, but once I got near, the parks department was yet again removing the vegetation from the pond. Between the workers hauling vegetation out, piling it into carts and a leaf-blower at work, there was no way I was going…

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365 Nature – Day 234

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


It was blissfully cool and cloudy this morning, a nice change from the record-breaking 90+ degrees the last few days. Yesterday afternoon after I posted for Day 233, I went back out to watch the crab spider again. I noticed the spider had picked one of the very few rudbeckia flowers that still had pollen on the stamens sticking up out of the top of the flower. The rest had already started going to seed. In the afternoon, the spider moved from the base of the petals, up to the top of the plant and pulled it’s four long front legs back, like it was ready to snap them together. I suspected it was actively hunting, waiting for a fly or bee to land on the flower and…

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365 Nature – Day 201

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 set up a pitfall trap in our backyard to see what bugs we could find. I was hoping a beetle or two would fall in because I’ve seen large, black ground beetles several times in our backyard. Our pitfall trap was pretty simple, we dug a hole, put a glass jar inside and filled the gaps around the hole back in…

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365 Nature – Day 199

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.


Over the last 199 days I have seen a lot of nature and visited a lot of places. Sometimes it takes willpower to simply stay home and look at the nature in our yard. Today I did just that and found some really interesting insects in the backyard. There’s a particular syrphid fly that I’ve seen a few times, but have only caught shots with…

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365 Nature – Day 184

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.


Daisies are one of the flowers growing in our yard that came with the house. They’ve been eagerly growing in numbers over the last four years around the yard, but I don’t much mind as the syrphid flies seem to really like the flowers. Today I spent some time watching all the insects visiting the flat, yellow composite flowers. There were a number of different…

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365 Nature – Day 125

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 we have a cloudy day after a string of sunny and warm days, everything seems subdued, and not just the people. This morning was a bit cooler than it had been and although I found insects, they were slow moving and there was very little activity compared to Day 123. Tiny donut-shaped ant nests have started to appear on the paths in…

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