365 Nature – Day 239

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...

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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...

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365 Nature – Day 235

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Next to my daughter's forest classroom this morning we found a slime mold. It was hard to miss, being a bright lemon color and at least a foot or more in diameter. We stopped to investigate it and found it resembled a pile of finely shredded cheese, but  was sticky, like dough with too much water. It was spreading on bark mulch which was fairly wet from irrigation. After I dropped her off and started walking, something caught my eye under...

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365 Nature – Day 230

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...

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365 Nature – Day 228

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. After the last few days, and indeed, the last three weeks, I've felt a nature overload. Between the Scottish Highlands, Mount Rainier and the peak of summer wildlife in the city - namely dragonflies - it's hard to focus on any one thing. I sometimes wish I were the sort of person who could study one thing for a long time, but there's so much natural history to learn about, I can't ever focus too long on one thing. The weather has returned...

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365 Nature – Day 225

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...

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