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Started by Tank, June 26, 2010, 03:13:35 PM
Quote from: billy rubin on March 12, 2022, 11:02:13 PMthat little section of road is only about 1000 feet long, but it keeps people from wanting to live out here. its a steep west-facing slope and the wind blows the snow right to the top. when the snow is 3 inches deep in front of my house, its 9 inches deep up there. when the snow at the house is a foot, up there its three . . . at the house it was no worse than thisgot to admit i dont like the cold either, but spring is in ten days
Quote from: billy rubin on March 13, 2022, 03:12:15 AMyesfor many years i have lived my life according to the seasons. in ten days the frst day of spring marks the vernal equinox, when the sun sets directly behind my neighbors barn on the ridge two miles to the west. one day before or after is an entire barn width, north or south.the sun comes up equally exactly on the ridge to the east, but there isnt a tree or a barn on the horizon for me to mark the day. the winter and summer solstices have the sun going down and coming up out of my view in the woods, so i cant see what i know is happening.in the night sky now orion is still high in the south, the constellation of winter for me for almost fifty years now. harder to see because of the lightening of the night sky over the last twenty years, but i know where to look.when i was a child living near the equator the difference in sunset between summer and winter was no more than 15 minutes. here at 41 degrees north it amounts to hours.the animals pay attention too. i count baby rabbits on the road leading to home from the highway every year. the peak of uneaten baby rabbits on the road is generally at the summer solstice. some years i have as many as 10 baby rabbits sitting inthe road onthe three miles between the pavement and my house on the first day of summer, other years fewer. but the solstice is the peak.so i count the lengthening days to spring, and also the days i have left before summer, whenthe days tip over the peak and become slower.i try to stay in denial ont he autumnal equinox. the birds disappear, the insectivores first, hummingbirds and flycatchers, then the wasps and butterflies (what is left of them) diminish and the bees wind down. then the snows come and we hunker down until the days lengthen again
Quote from: Icarus on March 15, 2022, 01:50:26 AMKeep doing what you are doing Billy. Your contributions and philosophic renderings have some value.An obviously well educated, broadly experienced, man who chooses to live off the grid, is surely worth his space here at HAF.