Crocus, Frogs, and Bees! Oh My!

First Crocus
AHHHHH! The first crocus! The first sounds of frogs! The trumpeter swans returning – and the obvious increased chatter of everything from songbirds to eagles calling to each other across the fields! What a difference a month can make! The longer daylight hours are quite noticeable and much appreciated.… Read more

Spring Equinox: A Tipping Point

Honeybee on CrocusAhhh! At last! Whether it looks like it outside or not, we are assured that warmth is on its way! We have reached that tipping point: the day of the Vernal Equinox – when day and night are held in equilibrium.… Read more

Happy Day – Rodent or Otherwise

Whether it be groundhogs, prairie dogs, woodchucks, marmots, or maybe some other small furry mammal, we of the supposedly more intelligent species are looking to them on what for most is a cold day in early February for guidance. Silly humans.… Read more

Tracking the Sun

Do you know where your sun is?

Spring Equinox Sunrise on the Olympics

Spring Equinox Sunrise on the Olympics - the view from our backyard

We have reached that turning point, all things being equal, which, of course, they are not – when day equals night and darkness turns to light.… Read more

January Signs of Spring

I have to interrupt my January ritual with seed catalogs with a quick announcement:  It’s almost spring!

And with that overenthusiastic proclamation, I am probably invoking the wrath of the consequence gods who I fear will deeply roar, “Not so fast, Grasshopper” and cover us with a deep chill like they’re getting in the rest of the country.… Read more