Poor Will's Almanack http://wyso.org en Poor Will's Almanack: July 29 - August 4, 2014 http://wyso.org/post/poor-wills-almanack-july-29-august-4-2014 <p></p><p>Markers for the transition week to August along the 40th Parallel include the blooming of purple ironweed, the ripening of the first blackberries, the beginning of the passage of monarch butterflies, the start of late-summer’s night cricket song, the flocking of starlings, the loud calls of the katydids at night, and elderberries darkening for wine.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Bill Felker 53082 at http://wyso.org Poor Will's Almanack: July 29 - August 4, 2014 Poor Will's Almanack: July 22 - 28, 2014 http://wyso.org/post/poor-wills-almanack-july-22-28-2014 <p></p><p>Since I started my record of the weather and natural history, I have kept all my notes daily notes together - for example, all the July 20ths from 1979 through 2014 in one place. With that organization, I've been able to see how, in spite of the separate character of each 12-month cycle, the progress of the seasons remains nearly identical from one year to the next.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Bill Felker 53080 at http://wyso.org Poor Will's Almanack: July 22 - 28, 2014 Poor Will's Almanack: July 15 - 21, 2014 http://wyso.org/post/poor-wills-almanack-july-15-21-2014 <p></p><p>Deep in July, the tide of summer reaches as far north as it can go then starts to slip away back toward the Gulf of Mexico. The rate of advance or retreat varies with each year, but the balance has always shifted by the middle of the year’s seventh month. The day's length becomes one to two minutes shorter every twenty-four hours, and countryside responds with changing color and sound.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:18:53 +0000 Bill Felker 52780 at http://wyso.org Poor Will's Almanack: July 15 - 21, 2014 Poor Will's Almanack: July 8 - 14, 2014 http://wyso.org/post/poor-wills-almanack-july-8-14-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>My interest in gardening began with a few lettuce seeds and then progressed to a minor manifestation of voyeuristic back-to-the-landism. And now it has taken on a life of its own.</p><p>And of course, nothing is as simple as it seems.</p><p>What starts out as a pleasant journey into food or flowers can quickly become complicated by the addition of just a small amount of neurosis and self-doubt.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Bill Felker 52429 at http://wyso.org Poor Will's Almanack: July 8 - 14, 2014 Poor Will's Almanack: July 1 - 7, 2014 http://wyso.org/post/poor-wills-almanack-july-1-7-2014 <p></p><p><i>Look at this beautiful world, and read the truth In her fair page;</i><br />wrote the 19th century poet, William Cullen Bryant,<br /><i>See every season brings<br />New change to her of everlasting youth—</i>he writes,<br /><i>Still the green soil, with joyous living things<br />Swarms -- the wide air is full of joyous wings.</i></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Bill Felker 52098 at http://wyso.org Poor Will's Almanack: July 1 - 7, 2014