Tag Archives: Bees

Summer Solstice, with Pollinators

The Summer Solstice is here, appropriately in the midst of a terrible heatwave (although it’s now Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere). In the Northern Hemisphere the earth in its orbit tilts on its axis, facing the sun for the longest … Continue reading

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Science and Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Here is a small glimpse of our burgeoning garden (even lusher due to one of the rainiest winters on record). I’m always amazed at what will pop up on its own, thanks to the rich humus under several large trees, … Continue reading

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Bees – Sharing the Journey and Giving Thanks for Home

Bees are amazing creatures. We’re lucky to have several types in our yard (honey bees, bumblebees, mason bees, carpenter bees), attracted to plants like rosemary, lavender, ceanothus, yarrow, and sage. In an earlier post I mentioned the marvelous bee dance done by these pollinators in search … Continue reading

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Laguna de Santa Rosa

The Laguna de Santa Rosa – part of the larger Laguna watershed, just minutes from where B. and I live – provides habitat for a huge number of species in Sonoma County (the second most biodiverse county in California, after San Diego). These include endangered salmon … Continue reading

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Presence in the Present: Vernal Equinox

Happy Spring! This year we are treated to a rare trifecta of astronomical phenomena today: the vernal equinox, a total solar eclipse, and a supermoon! The night and the day are roughly equal, and the Northern Hemisphere prepares for the growing … Continue reading

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Drought, part II

“If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” Those of you who grew up in 1970s California, as I did, will remember these immortal words about saving water. Conservation was mandatory; fines were imposed; and gardens withered. … Continue reading

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First Day of Fall

How appropriate that it rained the night before the equinox! Ushering in the first few hints of autumn, the showers brought some cooler weather, falling leaves, and the heartbreaking change of light that comes this time of year. Now, nights … Continue reading

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