Patterns of Nature

By: Mark Kane, 3:06 PM GMT on June 16, 2011

Mink - Photo courtesy of The Guardian"Pattens of Nature" by - Lisa Marini FinertyDid you know that forsythia blooms when the soil temperature is at 60 degrees F (15 degrees C)? Did you know that minks ovulate based on the change in the hours of sunlight, and, if bred at that moment, deliver their litters 63 days later?A very traditional science of natural observations and correlations by people who live close to nature is making a comeback. Phenol...

Updated: 12:57 PM GMT on July 05, 2011

Weather... Under Ground

By: Mark Kane, 10:57 AM GMT on May 04, 2011

Photo courtesy of Mark Kane"Weather... Under Ground" by - Mark KaneHere on the edge of the Great Plains, the phrase “freak snow” is an oxymoron. Some years we have snow in May. Old timers say they’ve seen snow in June.Late snows are typically wet and sticky. They build up on leaves and limb, adding weight that tears off branches. The falling branches drag down power lines and we go dark. This March, with the trees bare and the lawns asleep,...

Updated: 2:43 PM GMT on May 13, 2011

Nature Three Weeks Ahead of Schedule

By: Mark Kane, 8:01 PM GMT on February 20, 2011

"Nature Three Weeks Ahead of Schedule" by - Claire TaylorEarly winter in Amsterdam - Photo by Claire TaylorEarly winter in Amsterdam - Photo by Claire TaylorI’d noticed the male catkins full of pollen on the alder trees on my street, hanging lower and lower through the month of January. It felt much too early. Then I read a small report in our local newspaper and found that my hunch was confirmed: early bloomers, like the hazelnuts and the a...

Jack Frost

By: Mark Kane, 1:02 PM GMT on February 14, 2011

"Jack Frost" by - Mark KaneThe white dust on your car at dawn, the ice that grows on the window in an Arctic storm, the invisible wand that withers the tomato plants in autumn, and the crystals that grow on bare twigs and the arms of the patio chairs overnight--we pack all of them into one word, “frost.” Let’s unpack them. These bulbs of ice grew on mown weed stalks in slight, steady rain on a freezing day. This could be called a form of fro...

Winter perils and peanut butter

By: Mark Kane, 8:49 AM GMT on January 29, 2011

"Winter perils and peanut butter" by - Claire TaylorBird feeder step 1 - Photo by Claire Taylor Bird feeder step 2 - Photo by Claire Taylor Bird feeder step 3 - Photo by Claire Taylor Bird feeder step 4 - Photo by Claire Taylor Bird feeder step 5 - Photo by Claire Taylor Bird feeder step 6 - Photo by Claire TaylorAs Weather Underground reports, the Northeast and Midwest can expect more winter this winter than ever before! After the recent storm, m...

Updated: 6:20 PM GMT on January 29, 2011

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