Archive for the ‘Seasons’ Category

Poetry night

So lately I’ve been writing a little poetry and I thought I would post this one on Winter entitled When Snow Comes Calling:

From tip to tip
And wing to wing
The view is clear
While the birds still sing

The sky is blue
The leaves have fallen
Winter will arrive
When snow comes calling

Sincerely-

       

Green Librarian

 

Fall here in Missouri

So as my oldest son and I took a trip today to Jefferson City, Missouri, I took the opportunity to keep a watchful eye on the colors of the trees. Unfortunately, they appeared to lack the same color as the trees back home which got me me to wondering lately, what affects the color in leaves?

While I did find a few articles explaining the importance of moisture in the spring and dryness during the summer, I feel that I my work here is not done and therefore, I will continue this search tomorrow.Having been gone nearly half the day, I feel the need to rest until a new day.

Meanwhile, here is the view of our neighborhood last fall. As my kids are aware of, I take a picture of the tree on the left every year since it usually has amazing color but last year, I decided to contrast the tree with the one in our front yard.

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Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Forest colors

So over the last couple of weeks, since the kids and I took a walk in Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park, I’ve been keeping my eyes on the changing color of the leaves and I must say, so far there’s been little change. Then the other day I came across this somewhat older article entitled “Why Fall Colors Are Different in U.S. and Europe” by Andrea Thompson over at Live Science.

What I actually found most interesting are the reasons behind why the colors are different. How the ice ages, as well as the (you guessed it), the migration of plants and animals played a role in all of this.

Enjoy!

   

Green Librarian

Without water, there is fire

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Welcome to winter

When I came upon this article over at Live Science it reminded me of how when the weather is warm like it is now in the middle of December, I must remember that winter has really only just begun.

The article is entitled “Winter: The Coldest Season” by Nola Taylor Redd. Meanwhile, I’ll just sit here waiting for the snow to fall as the sun continues to shine on a rather warm (mid-fifties) day.

Happy Holidays!

  

Green Librarian

Trees of Missouri

Okay, I promised to take a picture this morning of our neighbor’s tree and then post it today. The sugar maple that always seems to turn an amazing shade of somewhere between yellow and orange

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Good night and sleep tight!

 

Green Librarian

Tick, tick, tick

I was reminded of this article when I was giving my kids a bath the other day after they were out in the woods. The article is “Mosquitoes, Ticks Spring up early in Wake of Mild Winter” by Blythe Bernhard at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

That article in turn sort of goes hand in hand with these two articles relating to the issue of the arly spring. The two articles are “Early Spring Sets Much of U.S. Awash in Color and Pollen Dust” by Kim Severson at the New York Times and “Much to Savor and Worry About Amid Mild Winter’s Early Blooms” by Lisa W. Foderaro, also at the New York Times. It’s that mild part that also speaks to the mosquitoes and ticks this year.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Hot and Humid

Summer is here in St. Louis in a big way. So with that in mind, let’s talk a little about the climate (or climate change as it were).

While I may be complaining about how hot it is, Matthew McDermott at Treehugger writes that the  “British Summer Arrives 18 Days Soon Then it Did Half a Century Ago“. Hmmm…

Then if you’re still not sure, check out “Finding Evidence of Climate Change in the Caves of the American Southwest” by Seth Shulman at the Grist. Wow!

Sincerely-

Green Librarian