Tuesday, June 18, 2019

my June 2019 monthly post

trip to western USA, mountains, sand dunes, canyons, creeks, flowers, lizards, hoodoos, and more. 

Check out my daily blog for the month of June 2019 (Hoehee 2019). 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!

My Daily Blog for 2019 June / Hoehee: Daily Blog   

        This month of June 2019, the Juneberry (Amelanchier arborea), a wild native Michigan small tree, grows tasty edible fruit. Also, in Michigan, in June, the iris, lupine, spiderwort, and other flowers bloom.  There are many beautiful and fun places to visit throughout the world and the USA, including steep, hilly, and flat places.  Sometimes my family travels to the eastern USA to Pennsylvania, Boston, North Carolina, etc.  Sometimes my family travels north to see more of the huge state of Michigan.   This June, my family went on a spring trip out to the western USA: Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, etc.  Indeed it was spring.  Temperatures were cool.  We experienced sun, rain, snow, and hail.  We saw many spring western flowers, including cactus flowers, agave flowers, and beardtongue flowers.  See photos of the USA west in spring, see mountains, canyons, creeks, flowers, lizards, hoodoos, and more.  Happy Spring!


Friday, May 17, 2019

my May 2019 monthly post

Blog 1st Anniversary!, nature and art class, planting design, stewardship fieldwork, spring wildflowers, and more.

I started my 2 blogs in May 2018. 
My blogs: Daily Blog and Monthly Blog
Happy Blog 1st Anniversary.  

Check out my daily blog for the month of May 2019 (Yeeyoet 2019). 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!

My Daily Blog for 2019 May / Yeeyoet: Daily Blog   

        This month of May 2019, the leaves have been growing on trees, and the Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) is blooming.  I ate some redbud flowers.  Via the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program, I'm teaching a combo nature and art class: "Nature and the Community Arts," at Fernwood Gardens, in Niles, Michigan.  On daily blog, see photos of nature classes activities.  For landscape architecture (z-hub z-design), I worked on a planting design of native flowers.  For ecological restoration, I started doing stewardship fieldwork.  On daily blog, see photos of spring fieldwork, including clearing, burning, seeding, and weeding.    Happy spring flowers!  My daily blog includes many May woodland native wildflowers photos, such as of mayapple, wild columbine, jack-in-the-pulpit, and more, as well as some exotic garden flowers, such as tulips.  Also, I have some native Michigan wildlife photos of a wood frog, a bullfrog, and spotted turtles.   Enjoy your spring!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

my April 2019 monthly post

nature and art class, frogs and tadpoles, yellow-n-pink scarf, spring wildflowers, primitive bushcrafts, and more.

Check out my daily blog for the month of April 2019 (Menen 2019). 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!

My Daily Blog for 2019 April / Menen: Daily Blog   

        This month of April 2019, yay! the plants are starting to grow again.  I've been nibbling on the fresh new leaves of dandelions, plantain, violets, etc.  Via the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program, I'm teaching a combo nature and art class: "Nature and the Community Arts," at Fernwood Gardens, in Niles, Michigan.  On daily blog, see photos of nature classes activities.   For my ecological restoration work, I attended a spring wetlands wildlife workshop.  On daily blog, see photos of frogs and salamanders.  Plus, on my own, I found some frog eggs and newly-hatched teeny tiny tadpoles.  It's spring, so I put away my red-n-purple winter scarf, and I started wearing my yellow-n-pink spring scarf, which I crocheted during travels, a few months ago. On my daily blog, see my scarf.  Happy spring flowers!  My daily blog includes many spring woodland native wildflowers photos, such as of hepatica, bloodroot, spring beauty, and more, as well as some exotic garden flowers, such as daffodils.  Also, I worked on primitive bushcrafts such as grass mats, baskets, burn bowls, and cordage.  Plus, I finally, for the first time, added a few photos to pages of my monthly blog.  Have you seen Zoe's Monthly Blog's nature page or science and art page or other pages?  Enjoy your spring!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

my March 2019 monthly post

eastern bluebirds mating, eastern tiger salamander, Lake Michigan ice thaws, and more.

Check out my daily blog for the month of March 2019 (Shoover 2019). 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!


My Daily Blog for 2019 March / Shoover: Daily Blog   

        Happy End of Winter.  Now it's spring.  But for much of March, it was winter.  Here in southwest Michigan, we had snow and temperatures went down as far as 5 degrees F (-15 Celsius).  Meanwhile, several signs of the oncoming spring appeared too.  The snow melted away. 
         In March, this last month of winter, I saw many signs of the approaching spring and took photos of some of them. There have been chickadees, nuthatches, and juncos about all winter.  They are quiet on frigid winter days.  For example, Monday, March 4, was bitter cold and silent. No birds moved or made a sound, that day.  The next day, the chickadees, nuthatches, and juncos were active again.   On March 8, the 1-inch of snow  covering the ground vanished in 2 hours.  We haven't seen snow since.  As far as spring birds go, about March 11th, I first heard robins and red-wing blackbirdsWednesday, March 14, was a warm, wet, rainy day, enough so to bring out salamanders.  Todd took some photos of a Eastern Tiger Salamander.  Great photos!  I posted the salamander photos on my blog. Also, on March 14, from inside my house, I could hear a male Cardinal sing all day, outdoors, to declare his territory, despite it being a rainy day. The next day, the weather got cold again.  Lake Michigan kept it's frozen surface throughout much of March. Yet, on Monday, March 18, the birds were active like crazy, like a spring day, although it was only 38 degrees F (3 Celsius).  I watched a pair of nuthatches lovingly talk back and forth with each other in conversation.  The chickadees were in pairs too.  I heard Sandhill Cranes honk high up in the sky, as they are migrating back north.  Eastern Bluebirds have migrated back to Michigan too.  On Tuesday, March 19, in the throes of love, two bluebirds fell from a tree branch to the ground, right in front of me; they mated for a moment and flew off together. The Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) flower buds are opening.  The Sharp-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba) flower shoots are sprouting up, right next to the sprouts of native Wild Onion / Ramp.   The rains on March 20 and the winds on March 22 broke up the ice, which covered Lake Michigan to the horizon, just a week ago.  Today, March 23, only some small broken bits and pieces (6-inches-long to 3-feet-long) of Lake Michigan ice remains washed up in a continuous linear pile, along the edge of the beach.
         Enjoy the changing of the seasons! 
        

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

my February 2019 monthly post

spelt bread, winter snow, holistic sustainability, 7 goals of education and economy, and more.

Check out my daily blog for the month of February 2019 (Churoo 2019). 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!


My Daily Blog for 2019 February / Churoo: Daily Blog   

        Happy Winter.  This month of February 2019, my family got back into grinding grain and baking bread again.  To try a different grain than we got before, this time we have spelt.  We're making spelt bread.  Our first two loaves were delicious.  
         In February, for landscape architecture, I revised and posted the 40 ways to sustain and enrich communities, people, and nature, that I originally made in 2012.  I posted it in the Holistic Sustainability page.  I use the word "holistic" not to narrowly mean herbal medicines alone, but to broadly mean whole culture, including economy, education, science, art, the way we live, learn, and work, etc.  My blog website has several pages on holistic pursuits.  Also I wrote about Changes needed in Education and the Economy: 7 goals and success indicators in culture, education, ecology, and economy, in order to help communities, people, and nature.  
         Plus, my February Daily Blog has several photos of winter snow, in Michigan, and outdoor snow activities: sledding, cross country skiing, etc.  In February, Lake Michigan's surface froze into ice.  Also, Michigan had some days that were subzero all day long.  We got down to -18 degrees F.   Wildflowers can still be seen in winter.  The stalks are dead, but the flower species are still identifiable by its dead stalks and seed heads.  They add visual and textural interest to the winter landscape. 
          Also, I posted a few snowy photos of Three Rivers, Michigan.  This month, I visited Three Rivers, Michigan, for the first time ever.  My aunt-in-law has some art in a Three Rivers art show.  In Michigan, several people confuse Three Oaks with Three Rivers, because both town names have the word Three.   Yet, they are very different.  Three Oaks has 1 river near it: the Galien River.  But, Three Rivers has 3 rivers (St. Joseph River, Portage River, and Rocky River) run right through the heart of town. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

my January 2019 monthly post

eating pecan nuts, winter snow, red and purple scarf, holistic landcare, and more.  

Check out my daily blog for the month of January 2019 (Wookooch 2019). 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!


My Daily Blog for 2019 January / Wookooch: Daily Blog   

        Happy Winter.  It's snowing outside, here in Michigan, as I write this post.  This month of January 2019, I ate nearly-native-to-Michigan edible wild pecan nuts. Pecan nuts come from the pecan tree (Carya illinoinensis).  The pecan tree is native to Illinois and further south.  I ate pecans that my brother handpicked from his pecan tree, in his yard, in Texas.   
         In January, for landscape architecture, I am doing holistic landcare, including holistic science and art, and community culture. I'm doing holistic landcare at Pond G.  For instance, in January, I built a debris hut, which is beneficial to both people and nature.  See debris hut photos in my January daily blog.  I use the word "holistic" not to narrowly mean herbal medicines alone, but to broadly mean whole culture, including economy, education, science, art, the way we live, learn and work, etc.  My blog website has several pages on holistic pursuits
          Also, for holistic landcare and my blog, I further explained community culture and its CEEE (culture-education-ecology-economy).  Culture, education, ecology, and economy are strongly linked together and influence each other.  One cannot change or be improved without changing or improving all 4 of them together.  
See my webpage on CEEE: www.z-hub.org/zle-blog/nice-hol-ceee.html.
          Furthermore, for holistic landcare and my blog, I mused on various ways of being nice.  There are many ways (5+) to be nice.  I wrote about 5 important ways to be nice.  See my webpage on 
5 Ways to Be Nicewww.z-hub.org/zle-blog/nice-hol-ceee.html.
         Plus, my January Daily Blog has several photos of winter snow, in Michigan, and beautiful leafless trees silhouetted against a sunset sky.  Furthermore, this month of Wookooch includes January and the end of December; hence, there are late-December vacation photos in my daily blog.  For late-December, my family visited Pennsylvania to visit with family and friends. See the Pennsylvania photos.  Also, while traveling, I finished crocheting my red and purple winter scarf

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

my December 2018 monthly post

eating native pawpaw fruit, holistic, Pond G, late-autumn landscape scenes, and more. 

Check out my daily blog for the month of December 2018 (Jaethaz 2018). Each day shows some various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,
culture, education, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post a photo every day. Enjoy!


My Daily Blog for 2018 December / Jaethaz: Daily Blog   

        Happy last month of fall.  This month of December 2018, what edible wild plant did I eat? I ate pawpaw fruit, which is a native Michigan fruit!  The pawpaw is Asimina triloba.  Pawpaw fruit is ripe for harvest in early fall, but a friend had some that he froze and he was delighted to share.   
         In December, for landscape architecture, I started doing holistic landcare, including holistic science and art, and community culture. I started doing holistic landcare at Graceland Pond.  See my December Daily Blog: 
www.z-hub.org/zle-blog/z2018/18-12jaethaz.html
I use the word "holistic" not to narrowly mean herbal medicines, but to broadly mean whole culture, including economy, education, science, art, the way we live, learn and work, etc.  My blog website has several pages on holistic pursuits. See: 
www.z-hub.org/zle-blog/holistic.html
         Plus, my December Daily Blog has several photos of December / late autumn scenes in Michigan.  Furthermore, this month of Jaethaz includes December and the end of November, so there are Thanksgiving photos in my daily blog.  For Thanksgiving, my family visited Colorado to visit with family and friends. See the Colorado photos.
         Meanwhile, by December, my work for Pizzo, an ecological restoration firm, ended for the year.  Also, my fall semester nature classes ended too. You may see the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program webpage of classes and photos at: 
www.z-hub.org/galienvalleyncp/classes.html.

Happy End of Fall.  I take down my fall decorations and put up my winter decorations on my season wall, in a few days, on the Winter Solstice.