Connecting with Nature


Nature Journal Category

Observations and photos of nature contributed by individuals who join the Network of Naturalists. Sponsored by the Connecting People With Nature program of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Update from Nine Mile Ranch (Okanogan Highlands)

It has been a cool summer in the highlands so far, but the plant cycles are marching forward anyway – perhaps more slowly, but certainly in forward motion. The lupine have been setting seed into their pea-like pods, while still bearing some beautiful blossoms. Likewise, the noxious weeds are beginning to set seeds, prompting many locals to pull weeds with more speed than ever. We have been using agricultural strength vinegar (20% acetic acid) to spray weeds, and it’s very effective on the new seedlings that continue to come up in vast numbers.

Lupine beginning to set seed

If you look closely, you can see at least one seed pod. Photo taken during the week of July 11th.

Early Summer Rainbow and wildflowers
Yarrow and Lupine splashed the foreground as I stood captivated by a full double rainbow (June 24)

Backyard birds in Wenatchee


June 20, 2011 7 p.m. Slight breeze. Nancy and Chuck Warner. We were  surprised to see evening grosbeaks by the creek in our backyard. It seems like they would have moved on to their nesting location by now. Maybe they join the black-capped chickadees and robins and next in our yard this year.

Photos of Winter

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See Julie Ashmore’s January 4 comment on Snow Scorpion flies in Keeping an Eye on Nature (10/4/10).

Photos from a ski trip in Moses Coulee on January 3, 2011.

Share Your Story

Dear Neighbor,

This website is dedicated to stories of people in North Central Washington (people like you) connecting with nature. As we live, all of us collect stories that shape us and help us to enjoy the place we call home. For many, North Central Washington is special in no small part due to the many opportunities we have to get outside, either to explore or because our work takes us there. What are your experiences? Memories? Hopes?

Do you have an encounter with nature you can share on this website?