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...

Continue reading →

365 Nature – Day 238

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Another heatwave, another day of drought and sun. I'm proud to have added plants to our yard to provide a continual bloom for our pollinators. As the rudbeckia that attracted so many pollinators fades, the Goldenrod is offering a pollinator feast now. This 365 Nature project has really helped me see how pollinator design really works and I've been much more in tune with the changes throughout the year. I've watched the first dandelions attract bees while a Spring Azure...

Continue reading →

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...

Continue reading →

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...

Continue reading →

365 Nature – Day 234

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. It was blissfully cool and cloudy this morning, a nice change from the record-breaking 90+ degrees the last few days. Yesterday afternoon after I posted for Day 233, I went back out to watch the crab spider again. I noticed the spider had picked one of the very few rudbeckia flowers that still had pollen on the stamens sticking up out of the top of the flower. The rest had already started going to seed. In the afternoon, the spider...

Continue reading →

365 Nature – Day 233

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts. Despite another day of record heat I ventured out to water this morning and see what I could find. I was pleasantly surprised by a face looking back at me from the top of a Rudbeckia flower, a grasshopper. It sat patiently while I went back inside to get my camera and I was able to get some good shots of it. I looked around the other flowers and finally spotted another visitor, a yellow crab spider, perfectly blended into...

Continue reading →