Everyday Nature

The bus stop on my kitchen windowsill. 

The bus stop on my kitchen windowsill. 

Wasp on my writing shed. I think it is the European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominula), given the pattern on the abdomen and nests I found on the shed’s eaves last summer. My impression is that I can leave them alone to build their nests and they will be unlikely to sting the children. 

Wasp on my writing shed. I think it is the European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominula), given the pattern on the abdomen and nests I found on the shed’s eaves last summer. My impression is that I can leave them alone to build their nests and they will be unlikely to sting the children. 

Birdhouse, mostly built and completely painted by four-year-old daughter. My husband says we will increase our chances of it being inhabited by putting some straw inside. 

Birdhouse, mostly built and completely painted by four-year-old daughter. My husband says we will increase our chances of it being inhabited by putting some straw inside. 

White-crowned sparrows. I’ve been obsessed lately with these birds. Their heads really are spectacular and to me they look like house sparrows wearing elegant hats. 

White-crowned sparrows. I’ve been obsessed lately with these birds. Their heads really are spectacular and to me they look like house sparrows wearing elegant hats. 

Bear hair lichen mustache. 

Bear hair lichen mustache. 

Kapok bark. That’s my mother, for scale. 

Kapok bark. That’s my mother, for scale. 

This tree, from the Kalamalka Research Station in Kelowna, BC, shows the clear signs of a graft. It has been a while since I took this, but it looks like a Doug-fir from the cones. 

This tree, from the Kalamalka Research Station in Kelowna, BC, shows the clear signs of a graft. It has been a while since I took this, but it looks like a Doug-fir from the cones. 

Someone removed bark from this tree on Vancouver Island long ago, so now it wears a “culturally modified tree" ribbon. 
#BarkWeek

Someone removed bark from this tree on Vancouver Island long ago, so now it wears a “culturally modified tree" ribbon. 

#BarkWeek

krummholz birch in the snow in Northern Finland, 2009. #BarkWeek

krummholz birch in the snow in Northern Finland, 2009. #BarkWeek

Bark as substrate for fungus. Missouri, 2009. #BarkWeek

Bark as substrate for fungus. Missouri, 2009. #BarkWeek