December: Nature at Rest

Lake Crescent 2016 By Melanie Reynolds

Welcome to 2023!

My New Year’s gift to you is the picture above. Lake Crescent, located near the Hoh Rainforest, and one of the quietest places in the United States according to the Gordon Hempton’s project, One Square Inch of Silence.

To listen to the beauty of the Olympic peninsula and see more pictures visit Gordon Hempton’s website:


-Gordon Hempton, Founder
One Square Inch of Silence

May you find peace and Joy in the new year!

Between the holidays and the crazy weather, I doubt many of you were quiet or restful for very long. This month’s photo submission was a bit of a washout. I kind of suspected this might happen. Life, like all forms of energy has its own ebb and flow similar to water. I’m neither sad nor disappointed.

Please join me in thanking Lisa Troute and Tracy Abell for their photo submission!

So cute!

Gopher Tortoise By Lisa Troute Jupiter, Florida.

The Gopher Tortoise is a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in its native territory of the Southeastern United States. It is the only tortoise found naturally east of the Mississippi River. They can live up to 40-60 years in the wild and 90+ in captivity. (

Lisa says that a lot of animals use the tortoise’s burrows including snakes and small animals. I found this 1:45min clip on PBS Nature about how these other animals also rely on the burrows for safety during fires and hurricanes. This makes the Gopher Tortoise a Nature-Led hero in my book! Wolverines and Badgers might also make nice burrows, but they’re rarely inclined to share their home with others.

Unknown bird nest. Barr Lake State Park, Colorado. April 8, 2021 Tracy Abell / Another Day On the Planet

While Tracy captioned her picture as “Unknown bird nest” I had fun playing Forest Detective and we think we know whose nest this is. Our guess is that it belongs to a Bullock’s Oriole. This type of nest is called a “pendant nest”. I did my original search calling it a “hammock nest” and some other people searched for it calling it a “sock nest”. Whatever you want to call it though, it’s an interesting nest and I love it!

Thank you again Lisa and Tracy for giving me interesting pictures and non-rabbit holes to follow!

Finally, let’s just call this bonus content. Do you need more inspiration for getting excited about nature? Well, check out this lovely fellow and his Becorns! This is a true pleasure to watch. I also appreciate that he has a calm, casual voice similar to my own.

Video belongs to: David M Bird

Nature-Led New Year’s Goals?

If you’re the kind of person who likes to make goals for the new year, what are some of your goals for 2023?

Can you think of how to make these or other goals, Nature-led goals?

Future Photo Submissions:

January: Moss Due: January 31st (Posted Feb 1st PST)

February: Unexpected Blooms and/or Ferns Due: February 28 (March 1st PST)

Fine Print: Photo Submissions Guidelines

Email to:, Subject line: Photo Submission for [month] (Multiple months of photos in one email is fine.) Image: Attached as a .JPEG or .PNG file preferred. Captions each picture: Subject in the photo (if known), State/Providence & Country, Date (optional). Your name as you want it to appear, Your blog link (if you have one.) Feel free to add any interesting notes about a picture. I love interesting stories behind things! Let me know if it’s just for ‘my eyes only’ or if I can share any part of it with your photo. Pictures must be your own or you have permission from the Photographer to share it. All copyrights belong to their owners. This is just a free, fun, community site about nature.

As always, THANK YOU for being here and being part of the Nature-Led community!

But wait there’s more! Here is Dinah’s on the cusp photo submission for “Nature at Rest”!

On Black Beach looking North, Australia. By Dinah. Dec 31, 2022.

26 thoughts on “December: Nature at Rest

  1. Oh, sorry, I forgot the ‘Nature at Rest’ thingy! However, I’m really excited for this month’s moss theme – I hope to get some new photos, but I have plenty from a year or two back that I can use if not.

    Great photos for December’s theme! I love the pendant nest, and I didn’t know that tortoises lived wild in the US. Fascinating.

    Right, now I’m off to discover more about the adorable Becorns.

    Happy New Year, Melanie!

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  2. Hi Melanie, The pendant nest is pretty cool. I haven’t seen any those out in their natural habitats. I hope you had a good New Year and did okay with all the crazy weather on the West Coast.

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    1. Thank you, Mark! We are surviving well enough. We just replaced the mailbox after it accidentally got plowed, the lights went wonky, but the electrician fixed them without charging a king’s ransom (some outside conducting bits got blown/vibrated loose). I’ve still got to fix the hole in the garage roof that a branch left us, but at least the water stays mostly stays in the bucket! Why does calamity always like to roam through here in threes?!?!? 🙂

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      1. Wow! That is intense. Holes in the roof and loose electrical wires seem kind of serious. I totally appreciate your comment that the water stays mostly in the bucket. I guess that is all we can hope for sometimes!!!

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      2. The electrical problem got worse and we were without power for a few days. I don’t want to jinx it but between a qualified electrician and the power company, I’d like to think its finally resolved. There was never a threat of fire danger, but it did fry our thermostat which had to be replaced by yet another service technician. Ironically, I bought us each a booklight for Christmas. They have been very useful! We hide under a thousand blankets and read. 🙂

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  3. Dear Melanie,

    Thank you for wishing us peace and joy in the new year with the beauty and quietude of Lake Crescent near the Hoh Rainforest.

    May you find 2023 to be very much to your liking and highly conducive to your travelling, writing, reading, thinking and publishing whatever topics that take your intellectual fancy and creative whim!

    I have joined the festive spirit and previously published one year ago a special post entitled “🎊 Season’s Greetings: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 🎄🎅☃️” to celebrate the festive season. The post combines art, graphics, poems, music and animations. May you relish my post to your heart’s content, as I have yours. After all, it is the time of the year to send you some mellifluous text, glorious images and eye-catching animations presented in the following post:

    I hope that you will thoroughly enjoy the animations featured at my said post. In addition, please turn on your finest speakers or headphones, as my aforementioned festive post will be playing music to you automatically for about two minutes.

    Happy New Year to you!

    Yours sincerely,

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! Sorry for the delay in responding. We were without power for a few days. Yes, I’m always surprised that people don’t know what makes a tortoise different, but then I shouldn’t expect everyone to be a Nature geek like me. 🙂


  4. I am always in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds us and these photos are no exception. The serene image of Lake Crescent takes me away to a peaceful place where the only sound is the gentle chirping of birds. The Gopher Tortoise is a reminder of the important role all creatures play in our ecosystem and the unknown bird nest is a fascinating mystery that I enjoyed trying to solve. I’m excited to see what other natural wonders will be shared in the coming months and am inspired to make nature-led goals for the new year.


    1. Thank you for your comment, Sebastian! I feel the same way about the pictures. I would love to hear what nature-led goals you come up with! Either post them here, on your blog or send me a quick email. My first goal is to inspire other people, like you! 🙂 My second goal is to show how we can scale it up as individuals and as a society. (What I need to work on this year.)

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