365 Nature – Day 337

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. There is one thing I really like to do at the arboretum after a rainy night - visit the creeks. There are three, but one is currently under construction being renovated and brought to the surface. The other two I visit regularly as they are bookends on my walks. The first is on the north end of the park and connects two ponds. In the spring it's full of Skunk Cabbage and in the summer it's shaded with a towering...

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365 Nature – Day 335

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It's autumn and I've given up trying to avoid fungi. They're simply everywhere, and so interesting that I just can't walk by without stopping to look and take a photo. Over the last 300 plus days of this project, I've tried to focus on different things, but over the last month it seems fungi has taken over the days. True, I've written about and photographed mosses, slime molds and lichens, but it always seems to come back to fungi. To be...

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365 Nature – Day 334

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. There is one guaranteed place to find Anna's Hummingbirds in the arboretum during the autumn months: the winter garden. In this garden, designed specifically for the season with winter blooming plants like witch hazel, or plants with interesting stems colors or forms, are a couple of Oregon Grape cultivars. These plants grow huge, reminiscent of prehistoric plants and animals which grew to enormous sizes compared to their modern counterparts. These two Oregon Grapes grow like trees, branching their pokey leaf...

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365 Nature – Day 333

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. After a little more than a week away, I was back in the arboretum for my walk. Things have changed little, the trees are a little more bare and the weather is a little cooler. But looking closer there are always signs of change. There are fewer freshly emerged mushrooms now and the fungi I did find were mostly in stages of decomposition. They all looked like they were melting slowly. I did find a few new mushrooms, one patch...

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365 Nature – Day 330

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. On our last weekday off of this holiday break we met some friends from my daughter's preschool to play and go for a walk. We ventured a little ways into Interlaken Park, very near the arboretum we frequent for school. The kids balanced on logs and picked up cones from a large redwood tree while I spotted a large cup fungus growing out of the side of a downed log. It looked similar to one I found in our backyard...

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365 Nature – Day 329

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning as we started our Thanksgiving cooking, I took a break to watch the bird in our yard. I've recently put the hummingbird feeders back outside after having them down all summer. There is one feeder in the front, which typically sees a male Anna's Hummingbird, while in the backyard, a female Anna's Hummingbird regularly visits. Occasionally I see a female out front, or a male out back, but for the most part they seem to stick to their...

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