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Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Treasures

I often bring home an item that catches my eye. I place them in a pottery plate on the table.

Here is a picture of some of the treasures I found this year.

The Raven feather is a real find, 13 inches long. An owl left the large brown feather.

The starfish I found on Chuckanut Mountain. It was probably dropped by a crow.

You probably remember the cat-tail reed weaver and can spot the little duck.

There is a flake of tree bark with perfect sapsucker holes, still intact, at about 1:00. Next to it is a bit of sea plant that I brought home from Shi Shi Beach.

That is a little paper wasp nest at 12:00.

I love the nice blueish Serpentine rock I found in the Esmeralda Basin. (6:00)

The acorn was from the tree in front of my building. I do not remember seeing acorns from this tree. I collect acorns.

In moving them to a basket I found little items I have forgot I found.

I think that is a broken Killdeer eggshell. The seedpods from an interesting plant, Washington Twinpod, that started me on my Flickr membership. You can see the plant pods at full ripeness and their bloom from my Flickr page. You have to go all the way back to my very first entry.


They are the oddest things I have ever found and certainly triggered my curiosity about the ecology of the Wenatchee Lobe and the Serpentine country of Kittitas county. We visited Professor Kruckebergs garden in November. He is an international expert in the ecology of this unique area of the state.

Have a wonderful , exciting 2011. Get out and explore your home, wherever it may be. I am off to work today then to a doctor for a Yellow Fever vaccine. That will be for an adventure later in the year. Someplace "Like Here Only Different".


  1. Saw some of these on your Flickr site, but this post is excellent - what a wonderful way to remember the year's excursions. Really like that little carved bird (?) in the second photo.

  2. Thanks Ron. The little black item is a stone cat fetish. I believe it is Zuni. I received it years ago from a client whose cat I took care of. It has always been one of my favorite things.

  3. So, you have a collection of visual memories. What a great idea. I had no idea, by the way, that acorns came in so many different shapes and sizes. Makes sense, though, since the oaks that grow from them also come in many shapes and sizes.

  4. Louise , that is an interesting way to put it, collect visual memories. Tangible, visual memories.

    Each oak species had its own distinctive acorn. Garry and White oak are found here, though not commonly in the wild. Many trees are planted in my town. The long skinny one is Pin Oak from San Diego.

    The little tiny double acorn I collected while on a birding walk years ago. When I got home I found out Victor Hugo Vidal had passed away. I count VHV as a treasured friend. He was amused by my acorns, which I used to keep in the coffee cup holder of my car.

    Today while getting ready for a walk I found an acorn I collected in Greenwich (London)

    Biggest problem with acorns is that when they dry they shrink and pop their caps. I need to get my glue out.

  5. I do the same thing only I keep mine in a closed glass jar, my grandsons call it Granny's Nature Jar.

  6. IGW that is great!! My love of acorns started in the firsdt grade where we had a Nature Table. The little nut wearing the hat always drew my attention.

    Oaks are not widespread here so I am always happy to find them

  7. Great idea -- I have a tiny jaw bone with tiny teeth -- I know you would know who it once belonged to.

    I may just collect things again in the coming year. Thanks for the inspiration.--Inger