Category Archives: Nature

Samhain: Living in Fire Country

Samhain/Dia de los Muertos/Hallowe’en. Home…safe: two of the best words in any language. Are there any more precious, especially to those without either or both? The Kincade Fire, the largest in Sonoma County history, also forcing the county’s largest ever … Continue reading

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Autumn Equinox: When the Buckwheat Blooms

Fall is in the air, even on these hot Indian summer days. Our tomatoes are drying, beans being canned, pumpkins overgrown. If we don’t stop during these moments of pure beauty, as when a burnished dragonfly graces our yard stakes … Continue reading

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Harvest Bounty on Lughnasa

Lughnasa (also called Lammas) marks the halfway point between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox. Celebrating the first harvest of the growing season, the holiday provides a perfect time to appreciate our garden’s bounty. Winter’s copious rains have nourished … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice: The Longest Day

The Summer Solstice marks the longest day, shortest night, and the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere. The sun appears at its highest, northernmost, point in the sky. Our planet will be at its farthest, or aphelion, in orbit … Continue reading

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May Day Blues

On May Day, or Beltane, we celebrate spring as well as honor the hard work of people around the globe on International Workers’ Day.¬†International traditions variously involve marches, and rituals like dancing around a May Pole, bonfires, and crowning a … Continue reading

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Spring Equinox under a Full Worm Moon

The vernal equinox is upon us, and with a bonus: the Full Worm Moon. The supermoon appears larger than usual as it reaches its closest point to Earth in its oval-shaped orbit.¬†As the sun crosses the celestial equator, both northern … Continue reading

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Solstice in a Season of Smoke: Winter Begins

As Winter Solstice approaches, the horrific smoke from Butte County, California’s Camp fire – the most deadly and destructive in state history – has finally abated, as the fire is at last contained. Even here, over 150 miles away, the … Continue reading

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