365 Nature – Day 291

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.


I was back in the arboretum after a few days away and I was curious to see how the park held up to the windstorm over the weekend. It was easy to see evidence of wind, leaves coated the ground, thickly in many places. I love to walk through after wind, before the parks crew blow the leaves all away. There were many small branches down and a couple of trees. One magnolia tree simply leaned over in a non-dramatic fall. Trees seem to fall either with great drama, or none at all. Earlier this year, on Day 74, I walked through the arboretum after a windstorm and found dramatic tree fall. Trunks had been snapped, jagged, sharp edges protruding from the break.

This time, there were no…

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365 Nature – Day 82

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


The last couple of days have produced some wonderfully dramatic clouds. As a new member of the Cloud Appreciation Society, I’ve really started to pay more attention to clouds. Although I have traditionally spent a lot of time looking up, that was mostly for birds, not as much at the clouds. Because of this I can’t say if the clouds lately are typical…

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365 Nature – Day 74

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Yesterday we had a big windstorm. Not the first of the year, it started around midday and continued until the evening. Once it finally settled it was followed by a big hailstorm which covered the ground in white.

This morning I walked around the arboretum looking for storm damage, it was very easy to find. At least two full size Hemlock trees had fallen, and I found numerous branches,…

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