May Day (or Beltane) celebrations have traditionally included dancing around maypoles, weaving flower crowns, and other festivities to celebrate (and hope for) fecundity as the growing season approaches. It has also become an important holiday honoring our labor and working classes.
Recently I was happy to write an article on local wildflower hikes – this spectacular time of year passes so quickly, especially now, when climate change is extending severe drought and fire seasons. Some local parks (Foothill, Sugarloaf Ridge, and Pepperwood) partially burned in 2020’s devastating wildfire season, but nature is rebounding. We are fortunate in Sonoma County to have a number of open space preserves that are once again opening to the public, to allow anybody to share in nature’s phenomenal beauty.
Taylor Mountain Regional Park
Foothill Regional Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sonoma Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve