Tag Archives: Butterflies

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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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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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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Green Hell

B. and I just recently went hiking on San Bruno Mountain on a blustery, sunny day, altocumulus clouds scudding darkly from the horizon. We’d been before, near the summit, where we’d hiked on trails home to the endangered Mission Blue, … Continue reading

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