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I love the beautiful world at night.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

"It's snow, but it's not cold!"

Beanie said that at Bothell Landing today.

The air was full of falling Black Cottonwood seeds. They floated down like snow, danced around in circles on the pavement, and piled into snowdrifts. When we grabbed big handfuls of the fluffy seeds, they even had a snow-like packability -- naturally, we had to throw some seed-balls at each other! Beanie ran through the drifts, then stopped to turn around and watch the seeds fly up and swirl around in little tornadoes. It was like being in a fairy tale.

The Sammamish river was also coated in cottony fluff. Mallards cleaned up the floating seeds, their heads swinging side to side like their bills were dustbusters. Easy pickin's for the ducks.

We also found another animal benefiting from the (literal) windfall: little black ants. They were walking in lines everywhere, each carrying a single cottonwood seed. They must have removed the fluffy part before carrying seeds back the their nests (a good thing to do, since a good gust of wind could carry the tiny ants off, otherwise). Beanie and I watched the little black ants for a long time. Beanie noted that the ants were going one direction with seeds, and the other direction without. We used this information to figure out the direction of the ants' house. Neat, huh?

What a beautiful day.


  • At 6:50 AM, Anonymous Danielle said…

    I absolutely LOVE days like this with my kids. They are the best teachers, ever.

  • At 7:00 PM, Blogger Shannon said…

    Kate - I stopped by to tell you I really appreciate the conversation over at Alice's site. This is a great post, too. My three year old and I have great moments like this, too. Aren't kids just fun?:)

  • At 1:20 PM, Blogger Jennifer said…

    That is so awesome. I love doing those things with my daughter, and even now that she's ten years old we both are still amazed at the wonder of it all.

  • At 6:57 AM, Blogger Chris Moonbeams said…

    Hi, I was surfing the internet and here I am at your blog. I'm quite impressed , with how you have put it all together.

    I'll be coming back again.


    how to birdwatching

  • At 1:40 PM, Blogger Stewart Sternberg said…

    I just wanted to leave note that after browsing through this blog I am impressed by your lyrical ability. You have a poetic sensibility without allowing yourself to lapse into maudlin passages.




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