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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I Knew It Would Be a Mild Winter

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Woolly Bear Caterpillar (Isabella Tiger Moth larva) (Pyrrharctia isabella)

I photographed this woolly bear caterpillar on September 18, 2011 as it crawled down the road up back of the house. I had seen a couple of others here and there and they all looked like this: a broad red-brown stripe between two short black stripes. I knew immediately that we would have a mile winter. How? Here is a quote from the Old Farmer's Almanac:

According to legend, the wider that middle brown section is (i.e., the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. Conversely, a narrow brown band is said to predict a harsh winter.


A Bumblebee

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Thank you, Harshad.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

September's Full Harvest Moon

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“This full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.”  (source: www.almanac.com/content/full-moon-names)



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