365 Nature – Day 190

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.


Today as I walked around the arboretum my mind pondered the wonders of the Bigleaf Maple and I realized for the first time, how much I love that species. If the Ents from Lord of the Rings were real, I believe they would look much like Bigleaf Maples. A large maple tree often has a large base with many nooks and steps almost always…

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365 Nature – Day 161

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.

June is also 30 Days Wild and I’m participating again this year.


One of my favorite flowering plants in our backyard is the Fireweed and it’s blooming right now. I’ve had the perfect succession of blooming plants this spring in the corner of our yard starting with the Pacific Ninebark and Twinberry followed closely by Mock Orange and now the Fireweed. Near the end…

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365 Nature – Day 121

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.


Native plants could easily be the theme of the day. First thing this morning we headed to the native plant society’s spring plant sale and loaded up our wagon with plants. We took a few of them, all shade-loving plants, to our daughter’s forest preschool for a work party. We planted them in her classroom for the kids to take care of. We planted Maidenhair…

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365 Nature – Day 118

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.



After I posted about our  new river rock path yesterday, I was looking at which weeds to tackle next and heard a bizarre sound coming from our lawn area. It was a loud, rather high-pitched buzzing sound at a frenzied rate. It took awhile to locate it because it was near one of our chairs, but when I…

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365 Nature – Day 102

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.


We visited Pritchard Beach Park again on this cloudy, cooler morning and found swallows, a dozen or more, flying over Lake Washington. In the wetlands flowers were blooming throughout the park and I found Bleeding Heart, Fringecup, Piggy-back Plant, Chocolate Lily, Camas, Evergreen Huckleberry, Trillium, Skunk Cabbage, Large-leaved Avens and Thimbleberry all flowering. Other plants were starting to come up like False Lily-of-the-Valley and Star Solomon’s…

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365 Nature – Day 85

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.


I headed back to my daughter’s preschool today armed with a bag of tools for phase two of building an insect hotel. On Day 83 I went with the class to collect materials on a short walk around the arboretum. We picked up branches, lichens, mosses, bark and cones and took them back to the classroom. (For anyone tuning in late, the classroom…

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