Entries tagged with “seasons”.


There’s a wonderful cd that I got a few years ago called Beautiful Darkness.

The songs tie back to the winter solstice and the magic of the season and I love to listen to it through these winter weeks.

The winter solstice is that day when we have the longest night. As we pass through today and into tomorrow, the winter slumber starts to end and all the hidden life around us starts to stir, ever so subtly,  again.

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Have a happy fall equinox! Days begin to get shorter as we climb into that part of the year when we wind down from the excitement of summer and turn inward to start to rest and recharge.

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Today is the summer solstice – when we have the longest period of daylight for the year.

Enjoy it by taking a great nature walk at dusk – all sorts of great things happen at that time as various mammals start to wake from their naps and head out to forage for food or patrol their territories.

Keep a keen eye for rustling leaves to see what may be stirring. Listen for birds as they make their final chip calls of the day.

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Hope you’re feeling balanced because today is the spring equinox, when the amount of daylight equals the amount of night.

We’ll start to seeing longer days of spring and summer roll in over coming days. And, we’ll be seeing birds, like this yellow-bellied sapsucker migrating north. 

They’ll be drilling holes in trees to get the sweet sap as it’s starting to run, and ruby-throated hummingbirds are fast on their tails, migrating up as well, using sapsucker wells as a source of food.

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Laura McGranaghan sent over this great note yesterday that I wanted to share.  What signs of spring do you have showing up?

From Laura:

Wow- could it be true???  Is spring right around the corner?? 

I’ve been seeing all the postings of Waxwings and thought I would share this photo. 

Wednesday at work we had about 3 dozen eating berries around our display! 

Today the turtles are basking in the sun down at the ponds!

And, when I went out to try and “shoot” them, I heard my first of season Phoebe :-) with the Red winged black birds calling in the background. 

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Today marks the shortest day of the year, the official start of winter, and a celebration of the natural rhythm of our planet. NASA has a nice write-up talking about this celestial event:

For the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year. In the steady march of the year in the Arctic, the days gradually grow shorter between June and December until the far North plunges into the complete darkness of winter. The trend reverses at Winter Solstice, the point during the year when the Northern Hemisphere is the most inclined away from the Sun.

After the solstice, which falls on December 21 or 22 every year, the days begin to lengthen. Probably because the day marks the beginning of the return of the Sun, many cultures celebrate a holiday near Winter Solstice, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. [More...]

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