Archive for June 2016

30 Days Wild --day 25

30 Days Wild --day 25
Note–due to technical difficulties I mentioned in my previous  post, I have been unable to post these every day.  Thank you for reading and your patience! What is the fragrance  of a rose, can you describe it?  Is it  like all summer in a day, a concentrated essence? The full moon of June is also... Read more »

30 Days Wild ---Day 24

  My apologies  for the technical difficulties, and not posting this yesterday.   For the past two days, there has been uncertain  wi-fi connection. There seems to be a problem with the  phone wires, after the storms on Wednesday night.  There were four confirmed tornadoes in central Illinois,storm damage in Kentucky  and flooding in West... Read more »

30 Days Wild ---day 23

30 Days Wild ---day 23
After the storms,  morning  fog  at 6 a.m.  For the moment, the  wi-fi is working, but  there may be  problems with the connection. Maybe it is the weight of branches and wet leaves brushing against a power line. There have been power outages reported, and  some flooding in the low-lying areas.  Tornadoes reportedly touched down... Read more »
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30 Days Wild--day 22

30 Days Wild--day 22
12:00 p.m. —  Summer rain on the leaves and grasses. It is a light rain, pleasantly dripping. This  is  a prelude to the  heavy storms predicted for the  afternoon and evening.  The forecast is for severe weather—large hail, torrential rains,  flash flooding,  high wind gusts, power outages, thunder, lightning  and  possibility of self-organizing supercells that... Read more »

30 Days wild--day 21

30 Days wild--day 21
Summer blue sky, and a monarch butterfly on a butterfly bush. The butterfly bush is a member of the milkweed family. Milkweeds are the favorite plants of the monarch butterflies and caterpillars. Once, there were fields of milkweeds, and the sky was filled with butterflies. Herbicides not only killed the milkweeds, but the bees and... Read more »

30 Days Wild--Day 20--Solstice!

30 Days Wild--Day 20--Solstice!
Today is summer  solstice. It is exact at 5:35 p.m.  CDT.  At this time, the sun  reaches  its northernmost point in our sky.  In the Northern hemisphere,  astronomical summer begins. For thousands of years, humans have celebrated the sun, the cycles of the solstices and equinoxes. Crowds  still gather at Stonehenge today.   Here is a... Read more »
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30 Days Wild--Day 19

30 Days Wild--Day 19
The summer  solstice is  almost here.  The exact time will be  June 20  at  5:34 p.m. CDT .  There will also be  a full moon,  the first full moon at  the summer solstice since 1967!   You can read more about the  June solstice  full moon at EarthSky. Tonight,  there is  an almost-full moon, a... Read more »

30 Days Wild--Day 18

30 Days Wild--Day 18
What is that color, the light through the leaves? This green, illuminated, could  be the inspiration of stained glass windows. Overhead, the trees arch like cathedrals. In Japanese, there is a word, komorebi, to describe the dappled light and shadow of the leaves. It is a beautiful word, perhaps untranslatable. It is a description of... Read more »

30 Days Wild -- day 17

30 Days Wild -- day 17
This post is inspired by my fellow blogger Aquinas Wired, and his poetic comment to a previous post. You can read it here. The garden is full of white butterflies. They are called common cabbage butterflies,   but they also seem to like the ornamental grasses.  The butterflies are like white flowers fluttering in the sun.... Read more »
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30 Days wild --Day 16

30 Days wild --Day  16
June 15, and still  light at 9 p.m.  The air is heavy and expectant. The leaves  sound like rain. Is that the sound of distant thunder?  In the garden, blinking lights.  The first fireflies of the season! By day, the firefly is an ordinary-looking insect.  But  in the evening, they become quite extraordinary.  They are... Read more »