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 264

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Yesterday, on Day 263 I looked at the leaves starting to change colors. Today I noticed more signs of autumn as I walked around the arboretum. The first seems like it should be more a sign of spring, because we associate new greenery with that season and not autumn. However, like the moss I saw yesterday, a return to green is common with a return of the rain and today I noticed Licorice Ferns sprouting from trees. They nearly always...

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365 Nature – Day 259

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Some may say "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade", but I say, when the wind blows a spider onto your lap, take a photo. What else is a naturalist to do when a pink spider falls out of a tree with a leaf and lands on the keyboard? I can't say I've ever encountered a spider that was pink before, but this one had an abdomen that was certainly that shade. You never know what the wind will drop on...

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365 Nature – Day 258

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Today was the first day since Day 237 that I'd spent any time in the arboretum. Aside from a short preschool orientation, we hadn't been to the arboretum in over two weeks and today I was eager to get back and check on the ponds. After a little morning first-day-of-school chaos which resulted me putting the fulling charged camera battery in the charger and leaving the dead one in the camera, we arrived at the arboretum. The downside of course,...

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365 Nature – Day 257

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Tomorrow my daughter's forest preschool resumes for the year and today is our last day of relative peace. We're having a calm day at home today and this morning I spent time in the backyard looking at what flowers remained blooming this late in the season. Although we're having a short heatwave, temperatures today and tomorrow are forecast to be in the high 70's, the air still feels of autumn. The numbers of pollinators are low, a few honey bees, a...

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365 Nature – Day 253

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. The sun was shining through the dining room window this morning and illuminated my wetland in a bottle offering a wonderful look at the life inside. Since I put it together on Day 223 I've watched it grow and change. I've added plants collected from waterways around Seattle and most have done very well, but one of the most successful has been the duckweed. I believe I have two types growing now in the container, the smaller Common Duckweed (Lemna...

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