365 Nature – Day 273

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Some days I choose the right path to walk and today was one of those days. I set off through the arboretum and took a left to go through a native plant garden and as I wandered the paths I heard warning calls from small birds like Bewick's Wrens. As I watched I saw an Anna's Hummingbird also joining which I frequently see them do when there's a Barred Owl. This is the same place I saw a Barred Owl...

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365 Nature – Day 271

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning I set off on a trail I hadn't traversed in awhile at the arboretum and very quickly made the discovery of the remains of a rabbit. There wasn't much left of it, a, couple of feet, part of a spine, it had been picked apart. How it came to be there is a mystery, but I've seen many rabbits around the arboretum so it's presence there is not a surprise. Whether it died of natural causes and was...

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365 Nature – Day 270

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today feels like the last hurrah of summer. And what a glorious sunny day it is. Although I've been waiting impatiently for the arrival of autumn, today's last embrace of warm weather turned into a wonderful experience at the pond I've visited so much this summer. I arrived as the sun lit up only a small piece of the pond, but before long the sun spread over the trees and the pond was fully illuminated. Very early, much to my surprise,...

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365 Nature – Day 267

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. The season for mushrooms has begun. Perhaps is the cooler weather or the shorter days, but today I found a few mushrooms around the arboretum on my walk. Not many, but several areas with either the same kind poking up or several different types. I haven't learned enough yet to identify them even though I took a day-long fungi class last autumn. The first step to identification is to find out the spore color and to do that they have...

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365 Nature – Day 266

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. This morning I found yet another aspect of the changing seasons, the lower sun in the autumn mornings. Although my daughter went to school at the arboretum last autumn, I often drove home and didn't stay in the early part of the year. So this autumn, watching the seasonal changes is a under-explored activity for me. As the sun rises later now, the west side of the arboretum gets sun filtering through the trees as I start my daily walk....

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365 Nature – Day 265

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today I visited the recently opened Yesler Swamp in Seattle. The boardwalks were just completed this summer by volunteers, opening the trails to the public. The swamp lies on the north end of Union Bay in Seattle, next to the Center for Urban Horticulture. On the other side of The Center for Urban Horticulture is 'the fill', more properly known as Union Bay Natural Area. Yesler Swamp was historically used a a lumber hub and has sat mostly abandoned for many years....

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