Saturday, July 18, 2020

my July 2020 post

summer! 2020 Veggie Garden of printed 1993 Emails, historic emails, 
Lake Michigan beach, Roadside Wildflowers, and more.  

Check out my daily blog for the month of July 2020 (Siloi 2020). My blog shows various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,
culture, education, ecology, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post several photos. Enjoy!


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My Daily Blog for 2020 July / Siloi: Daily Blog   

           2020 Garden of 1993 Emails.  My famous July 2020 activity is my 2020 veggie garden of printed 1993 emails of mine.  My veggie garden uses paper (3 layers of paper or newspaper) as mulch to prevent weeds from growing.  This year I used printed 1993 emails.  My freshman year of college, 1993, was the first year ever that university students had email, so these emails are historic.  I saved some.  My 1993-95 emails are from long-time friends from my elementary school in New York, from my high school in Pennsylvania, and from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).  Now, gourds are sprouting between the emails.  My garden also has sprouts of zucchini, pumpkins, watermelon, cucumbers, potatoes, and basil.  Some veggie plants have quickly grown big from seed, in only 30 days.  (See photos of veggies sprouting between emails in my daily blog.)

         Lake Michigan Beach.  July has had many lovely hot summer beach days, along Lake Michigan. It's a desolate beach with plenty of room for social distancing.  The afternoon air has been hot, 85-90 degrees F (29-32 degrees C).  The lake water has been warm, 70-75 degrees F (21-23 degrees C).   A few days are cloudy, rainy, and or windy with a wavy lake.  Most days are sunny and the lake is calm and flat.   (See beach photos in my daily blog.) 

          Roadside Wildflowers.  My July 2020 daily blog includes photos of roadside wildflowers, including Michigan's native flowers and exotic invasive flowers.  Native flowers include Milkweeds, Coneflowers, and Queen of the Prairie.  Exotic flowers include Chicory, Queen Anne's Lace, Teasel, and Daylilies.   (See roadside wildflower photos,
in my daily blog.)
 
          Enjoy your Summer!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

my June 2020 post

spring!  June blooming flowers on trees and shrubs and flowers, native and exotic flowers in Michigan, calendar of June spring flowers blooming, and more.  

Check out my daily blog for the month of June 2020 (Hoehee 2020). My blog shows various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,
culture, education, ecology, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post several photos. Enjoy!

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My Daily Blog for 2020 June / Hoehee: Daily Blog   

           Each month it is fun to find and eat wild edible plants. In June, the Shamrock (Oxalis sp.) is an available wild edible plant.  The Shamrock also has yellow flowers in June.  My June daily blog shows flowers blooming on native and exotic plants, in Michigan.  In June, the native woody plants that bloom include the Tuliptree, Arrowwood Viburnum, and the Mapleleaf Viburnum.  A few exotic plants, from Asia, that bloom are the Bridalwreath Spirea, the Beautybush, and Bleeding Hearts.  (See photos of June spring flowers blooming, in my daily blog.)

         June also has some first early fruits and seeds that mature and drop - including the Silver Maple winged-seeds (the samaras, or helicopters), as well as the Cottonwood seeds float in the air and cover the ground with their cottony fluff.  In June, the bugs are in full swing, including butterflies, fireflies, and damselflies. Enjoy!  (See photos in my daily blog.) 

          Also, my June 2020 daily blog has a calendar list (with some photos) of the daily weather and phenology.  Phenology includes the changes of plants and animals over the month, seasons, and year.  For example, when a tree blooms, grows leaves, grows fruit, fruits ripen, leaves change color, and leaves fall off.   In June, there's the phenology of which days selected flowers were blooming, including native wildflowers: Sand Coreopsis, Spiderwort, Blue Flag Iris, and more.  (See calendar of June spring flowers blooming on trees, shrubs, and flowers,
in my daily blog.)
 
          Happy End of Spring!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

my May 2020 post

Blog's 2nd Anniversary, Happy Spring, series of photos of leaves growing and flowers blooming, calendar of spring flowers blooming, quotes, and more.  

I started my 2 blogs in May 2018. 
My blogs: Daily Blog and Monthly Blog
Happy Blog 2nd Anniversary.   

Check out my daily blog for the month of May 2020 (Yeeyoet 2020). My blog shows various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,
culture, education, ecology, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post several photos. Enjoy!

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My Daily Blog for 2020 May / Yeeyoet: Daily Blog   

           In May, new leaves grow on deciduous trees, in Michigan.  Thus,
my May 2020 daily blog includes trees with new leaves.  Plus, my blog has a flower photos series of tulips, a redbud, pear trees, and a weeping cherry tree, and other flowers.  The series shows flowers budding and blooming, over the a course of a few weeks.  The weeping cherry tree dropped its flowers and grew new leaves by May 8th, but redbud flowers were in full bloom, on May 8th. (See photo series of a plant budding and blooming, in my daily blog.) 

           Also, my May 2020 daily blog has a calendar list (with some photos) of the daily weather and phenology.  Phenology includes the changes of plants and animals over the month, seasons, and year.  For example, when a tree blooms, grows leaves, grows fruit, fruits ripen, leaves change color, and leaves fall off.   In May, there's the phenology of which days selected flowers were budding and blooming, including native wildflowers: Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Wild Columbine, Mayapple, Juneberry, Trillium, and more.  (See calendar of flowers blooming and new leaves growing, in my daily blog.)

          Additionally, my May 2020 daily blog exhibits some quotes on photos.  Quotes are by Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, and more.  (See quotes on nature photos, in my daily blog.)     

          Enjoy your spring.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

my April 2020 post

spring, series of photos of flowers budding and blooming, quotes on spring photos, calendar of budding and blooming, and more.  

Check out my daily blog for the month of April 2020 (Menen 2020). My blog shows various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,

culture, education, ecology, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post several photos. Enjoy!


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My Daily Blog for 2020 April / Menen: Daily Blog   

           In my April 2020 daily blog, there is a photos series of bloodroot wildflowers, forsythia shrub flowers, and weeping cherry flowers, and other flowers.  The series shows flowers budding and blooming, over the a course of a few weeks.
  (See photo series of a plant budding and blooming, in my daily blog.)    

          Also, my April 2020 daily blog exhibits some quotes on photos.  Quotes are by Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, and more.  (See quotes on spring nature photos, in my daily blog.

          Additionally, the bottom section in my April 2020 daily blog is a calendar list (with some photos) of the daily weather and phenology.  Phenology includes the changes of plants and animals over the month, seasons, and year.  For example, when a tree blooms, grows leaves, grows fruit, fruits ripen, leaves change color, and leaves fall off.   In April, there's the phenology of which days selected flowers were budding and blooming.  (See calendar of flowers budding and blooming, in my daily blog.)  


        Enjoy your spring. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

my March 2020 post

winter, snow melts, over 200 likes on my facebook pages, early spring flowers are blooming earlier than usual, ABC Garden infrastructure, and more.  

Check out my daily blog for the month of March 2020 (Shoover 2020). Each day shows some various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,

culture, education, ecology, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post a photo every day. Enjoy!


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My Daily Blog for 2020 March / Shoover: Daily Blog   

           This March 2020, there were some lovely icicles.  

Following, the icicles and snow melted.  The early spring flowers, such as Silver Maple flowers, are blooming earlier than usual, about 10 days earlier.   Also, I heard and saw the migrating Sandhill Cranes, about 10 days earlier than usual.  The Silver Maple and Sandhill Crane are native to Michigan.  (See photos of icicles, melting snow, and early spring flowers, in my daily blog.)    

          Many indoor public-meeting places are closed to hinder the spread of a 
pandemic virus.  Meanwhile, it's great to get outdoors.  Also, I'm still promoting the  
ABC Garden concept and its infrastructure of vital community tasks. (See photos of 
ABC Garden and its infrastructure, in my daily blog.

          Also, in March, my two facebook pages reached 200 likes.  My nature and environment page and education page reached 200 likes.  Also, I have facebook pages for the "Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program," "z-design" (landscape architecture), "Pocket Pumpkin Press," "z-hub," and sustainable "culture." (See photos and links to facebook pages, in my daily blog.)  


        The first day of spring is this Thursday, March 19, 2020.  Enjoy your spring. 



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Monday, February 17, 2020

my February 2020 post

winter, a little snow, Community and Landscape Eco Workshop (CLEW), debris hut camping, and more.  

Check out my daily blog for the month of February 2020 (Churoo 2020). Each day shows some various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,
culture, education, ecology, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post a photo every day. Enjoy!


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My Daily Blog for 2020 February / Churoo: Daily Blog   

         This February 2020, I taught a Community and Landscape Eco Workshop (CLEW), via the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program.   
Class lessons include activities related to the 40 Sustainability Categories and the  
ABC Garden of Community Education. Also, one day we all built a debris hut frame.  Another day, at a different site, we each took turns experiencing a completed debris hut, covered with snow. (See photos of class activities, in my daily blog.)   
 
         Meanwhile, during February, no wildflowers are blooming, but the wildflowers' dead stalks and seed heads are present, sticking out of the snow.  For instance, I found the brown dead stalks and seed heads of the Indian Pipes (Monotropa uniflora) wildflower, next to the Galien River. (See photos of wildflowers, in my daily blog.)  
  
          Year round, to represent Pizzo, an ecological restoration firm, I attend a local chamber of commerce mixer, each month, at a different local business.  Attending commerce mixers is one of many ways to continually get to see more of the local area, little by little.  This February, the commerce mixer was at the event room of Froehlich's, a local restaurant and bakery, just a few blocks from my house.  I'd been to Froehlich's restaurant and bakery, before, but not yet to its event room. (See photos of Three Oaks, downtown Three Oaks, and Froehlich's restaurant, in my daily blog.) 

          This February 2020 is a month of shallow snow (6-inches (15 cm) or less).  On most days, there was snow on the ground, but the snow was not deep.  It snowed a little, melted, snowed a little, melted, etc.  A local cross-country skiing venue has been open, only 3 days this year, because the snow has been so shallow.  I went skiing on one of those days.  (See photos of winter activities, in my daily blog.)  

        Enjoy the weather where you are. Happy February.
 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

my January 2020 post

winter, a little snow, debris hut camping, community and nature books, famous quotes, and more.  

Check out my daily blog for the month of January 2020 (Wookooch 2020). Each day shows some various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,
culture, education, ecology, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post a photo every day. Enjoy!


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My Daily Blog for 2020 January / Wookooch: Daily Blog   

         Happy 2020. I started out the new year right, by sleeping overnight outdoors, in a debris hut. Usually still, I sleep indoors, in a bed.  (See photos of debris hut, in my daily blog.)

        In the January blog, I post some quotes, that I've collected over the years. Plus, I post a few books (about community and nature) that I have read and I am currently reading.  (See more quotes in my daily blog.)


Our village life would stagnate if it were not for 
the unexplored forests and meadows around it.  
We need the tonic of wildness.  
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Nature's first and last lessons teach man to be kind. 
- Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings

All natural areas are our teachers 
and great sources of 
inspiration, learning, and beauty.  
- Tom Brown Jr., Apache Tribe, 
The Forgotten Wilderness

        It's been a warm winter month, this January 2020.  I've seen the Woolly Bear Caterpillar and Bluebirds, active, this January, in Michigan.  One day was 60 degrees F (15 C), and a few kids jumped into frigid Lake Michigan.  Other days have gotten only a few little snowfalls.  Most days, there was no snow on the ground.  On January 10, it rained 3 inches and the Galien River surged 3-feet-high.  But, eventually, it was more like winter.  January 19 was the coldest day in January - the morning was 9 degrees F (-13 C).  We got a few inches of snow on the night of January 17, plus a few more on January 19, perhaps 6 inches (15 cm) total.  (See photos of woolly bear caterpillar, Galien River, and winter scenes, in my daily blog.)

        Enjoy the weather where you are. Happy New Year.