Apples in basket fresh off the tree in September Crabapple blossoms on berm in May Indian grass with full seedheads against sun in early October Heirloom bean seeds from garden harvest in October
Rough Blazing Star in August Monarch on Purple Coneflower in August Pasque Flower blooming in May Tulip in May
 
Developing a Calendar of Nature for the Place We Call Home (Red River Watershed/Northern Great Plains)
 
  In western Euro-centric society in a new millennia, we have become quite disconnected from nature. We move about our human centered lives focused on our busy schedules. We forget to look up from our planners and from the gray sidewalk in front of our feet. It is as if an invisible veil separates us from nature. For many, this kind of focus lends itself to escalating stress. As humans, we are in our hearts and spirits creatures of nature. More and more people are seeking balance in their lives and find nature a key element in providing just the balance that they need.  
  One way to connect with nature is to pay attention to the stories, rhythms and cycles of nature over the year. In the language of science, this is called "phenology". These cycles were known intimately by indigenous peoples and are certainly still known by many with indigenous backgrounds and others today. Interest in "phenology" is growing around the world.  
  You may want to consider developing your own calendar of the rhythms and cycles of nature. Areas of focus would include: birds (native prairie and urban settings), stars and sky, prairie flowers and grasses, urban landscapes and gardens, mammals, fish and aquatic creatures, weather and climate, water (rivers, streams, wetlands), soil, human environmental history, plains tribes, butterflies and insects, gardens. Images shown depict the Red River watershed/Northern Great Plains and were taken within 10 miles of Grand Forks, ND.  
  I have started a phenology across the seasons of our area. This will grow over time. When you review this, take note of when you see these things. Enjoy.  
 
Summer
Fall
Winter
 
Cherries harvested in July Immature Snowy Owl in January Garden hands holding spinach seeds for planting in May Black-eyed Susan with coat of fluffy snow in February
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