Archive for August 2015

August light

August light
Under the August moon, the katydids and cicadas are trilling  in the trees.  The days grow shorter, and the light slants through the green leaves. Summer is not over yet, but the freshness  of June has ripened, mellowed into a richness of time.  If ever a moment  felt ripe like a fruit, it is  now.... Read more »

Watch for the Perseids---August 12, 13, 14

Watch for the Perseids---August 12, 13, 14
The Perseid meteors are one of the highlights of summer.  Remnants of the comet Swift-Tuttle, the Earth passes through this debris field every August, a reliable annual event  lighting up August nights.  On a good clear night, over 100 meteors have been reported in an hour! This meteor shower also comes at peak vacation time in... Read more »

Summer of the Dragonflies

Summer of the Dragonflies
It’s not every day that dragonflies make the news, but this summer in Chicago, dragonflies are  everywhere.  They have been front-page news at the Chicago Tribune.  You can read more about them here. Update–In case you don’t have time to read the articles, here’s what you need to know–Dragonflies don’t bite.  They do, however, eat... Read more »
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supercell storms -- fast and furious

supercell storms -- fast and furious
Summer storms can be sudden and scary–on Sunday, the sky turned dark at 3 in the afternoon. Lollapalooza  was evacuated, due to the weather. Performances were rescheduled due to the delay. A tent collapsed in Wood Dale.  Sadly, one person was killed. The most damage was in Rogers Park–rain, lightning, hurricane force winds, large hail,... Read more »