Category: nature

Winter for a Day

Winter for a Day
Now we spring forward with the time change, and lighter at 7pm. again. Counting the days to the spring equinox– Even the word spring sounds delightful. We had a preview for a few days. After the deep freeze and snow of February, sun and 60 degrees melted the ice and snow away. People walked their... Read more »

A Dishful of Snow

February 18—Today is Yoko Ono’s Birthday– I was born February 18th, 1933 during a heavy snow in Tokyo. In the morning the nurse opened the curtains to the window to show my mother what happened to the city over the night. The whole city was blanketed with snow, which was shining under the blue sky.... Read more »

Subzero Sunday

Subzero Sunday
Sunday, February 7— Sun and subzero Sunday–Welcome to Chiberia!   Remember Chiberia? Here’s a post from years ago. Brutally cold wind chills, the lake is steaming. The latest round of snow, from winter storm Peggy, is fortunately light and powdery stuff, and not too much of it. I wore four layers to shovel and sweep... Read more »
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Midwinter reverie

Midwinter reverie
We are half way through meteorological winter!   Yesterday, I wore sneakers. Imagine, sneakers in January!  And hoodies instead of winter coats.  Fortunately for us in Chicago  area,  the winter so far has been mild–temperatures above freezing, and not too much snow. In fact, parts of Texas have more snow totals than Chicago this winter. The... Read more »

Welcome January

Welcome January
Welcome January, and a New Year! Welcome bare trees and cold wind, ice and snow-covered sidewalks. Welcome buds on the branches, and increasing light with each passing day. Welcome to 2021. And maybe when you look back on the past year, you remember how just about a year ago, there was news of a new... Read more »

Winter-ready forecast

Winter-ready forecast
Meteorological winter  begins December 1.  Astronomical winter  is less than 2 weeks away. The winter solstice will be on December 21. Now is the time of the earliest sunsets of the year in Chicago–4:19 pm, from December 2-13. Now is also the season of bare  branches and red berries, milkweed pods scattering seeds to the wind.  But... Read more »
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November in Amber

November in Amber
Over half way through November,  already. There are still a few  leaves on the trees.  The amber-colored leaves are a beautiful contrast to the sharp blue sky.  It is as if the fall is suspended, a leaf  held by a thread of spider silk. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been declared the new President and Vice-President.... Read more »

Phases of October Moons

Phases of October Moons
In the midst of these uncertain times, there is the ever-changing moon. Every night, a different face. Perhaps the most familiar is the round full moon. It is the bane of werewolves!  It is older than humans, and the inspiration of music and myth, stories, paintings, photographs and poetry. The month of October offers crisp clear... Read more »

The Best Time to Plant a Tree

The Best Time to Plant a Tree
Fall is often considered the best time of year to plant new trees. Late August, September and October have good gardening weather, here. There may be rain for the new plants, and still mild days and sun. The hottest days of summer are past, and the ground isn’t frozen yet. Fall  is the season gone to... Read more »
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Sun and Sunday

Sun and Sunday
You can feel the season changing. Fall is coming. Rain, and the rainy sound of cicadas. Temps in the 60’s feel more like 50’s.  In the past few days, people have gone from shorts and T-shirts to hoodies and jeans. My furnace came on overnight! The virus is still with us.  It changed  all the things we would do in the summer, and... Read more »