Category Archives: Seasons

Vernal Equinox, with Frogs!

Happy Spring Equinox! After a brief moment of nearly equal day and night, the sun crosses the celestial equator as it moves north along our ecliptic, and Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres are evenly illuminated. Persians celebrate New Year or Nowruz, and … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice and the Longest Night

Happy Solstice! On this shortest day and longest night of the year, autumn’s harvest season ends and winter begins. Nearby, a wonderful local bookstore hosts the Point Reyes Books annual reading, named after Wendell Berry‘s “To Know the Dark”: To go in … Continue reading

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Autumn Equinox and Equal Night

On September 22, the Autumnal Equinox, fall “officially” arrives here in the Northern Hemisphere (although the Southern Hemisphere marks the return of spring). The sun rises due east and sets due west, shining directly on the Equator. Both hemispheres experience nearly equal … Continue reading

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Celebrating Lammas and Lughnasa with Bounty from the County

It’s Lammas (also known as Lughnasa) once again! The Wheel of the Year has turned already, which is unbelievable to me. This holiday marks the beginning of harvest season, and I’m filled with gratitude for the bounty in our garden. … Continue reading

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May Day/Beltane

Happy May Day! Today we celebrate both the venerable tradition of honoring our workers, and the holiday also known as Beltane in some parts of the world. This holiday celebrates the coming of spring and summer, and focuses on fertility … Continue reading

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Spring Blues for a Green Garden

Happy Spring! Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote Geoffrey Chaucer, Prologue to the Canterbury Tales …and then, from the deluge and burst of sunshine – the plants burst into life!   … Continue reading

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Imbolc, or Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day! How did this member of a group of large ground squirrels come to predict the weather? The largest of the Sciuridae family in their northeastern US and Canada range, groundhogs’ short, powerful limbs and curved, thick claws work well for digging. Groundhogs have adapted … Continue reading

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