Hurricane Season Sneaks Up…start your engines…

Just when we are growing complacent about Hurricanes, the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Prediction Center,  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ has unveiled a tropical disturbance.  The good thing is that since I last checked it about 6:00 PM, it has diminished from a 30% probability of developing down to a 20% probability.

June 1st is the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.  Although we feel the effects of Atlantic Hurricanes here on the Gulf Coast, we tend to see Hurricanes forming in the Gulf later in the year, like about mid-August.  So, that is why I don’t start Hurricane Season until mid-August in this Wheel of the Year.

Happy Spring Equinox and Bees.

White Flower with buds, with purple stripes

Yesterday was the Spring Equinox.  I went out to a field and selected a spot and some of my friends joined me with Picnic foods, and afer we ate we focused our energies with burning sage on crystals and seashells and feathers.  It was a fairly simple meditation and we all felt very uplifted afterwards.  The sun was so bright as I was taking pictures of the flowers in the field.  I didn’t notice the buds, nor the purple stripes on the buds, until I got home.

I’ve been very concerned about the Bees since lots of the flowering trees and shrubs in Southwest Florida were frosted this January.  I am hopeful that the Bees and Birds and Butterflies will find enough nectar to keep them healthy.  We saw tons of Bees out in the field and many Birds and Butterflies.

The Spring Equinox fits right into Fire Season.  Fire Season in Southwest Florida, is all about this buildup of energy, bursting forth like the buds blooming everywhere.

Fire Season — Fires and Fog in February

Fire Season is obviously about Fires, but it has been such a wet Fire Season(*)  that there haven’t been too many Fires to talk about.  For Property Owners, that’s a good thing.  But for various participants in the Agricultural World, the lack of fire can be a problem.  Some trees and plants need Fire to open seed pods.  Farmers use Fire to clear land to grow things, and I am pretty sure they use Fire to “fix” nitrogen in the soil. (**) 

I went out to Belle Glade, Florida in mid-February and there were lots of fires that day.  Belle Glade’s slogan is, “Her Soil is her Future,” and I wish I had taken a picture of the rich, black earth when I was out there.  The Farmers there, set fire to the Sugar Cane crop at some stage in its growth and harvesting.  This was about a week before the annual Sugar Cane Festival. 

These photos are looking Northwest and the slip of blue, are the waters of Lake Okeechobee.  (No, not the guardrail.  Just over the guardrail.)

 (*) It is raining as I write this!

(**) You could look up ‘fixing nitrogen’…

(***) I want to thank the kind folk(s) who took care of my posting sequencing issue!!!

Fire Season, in spite of all this rain.

My Daughter Agatha asked me the other day, “How can it be ‘Fire Season,’ if it is raining so much?”

We are having an unusually cold, wet ‘winter’ this year.  (Sometimes I still say, “winter,” because that is how most people refer to this time of year.)  The rain and cold, has no impact upon the progression of the Sun and the Moon, nor does it impact the Stars and Planets, which mark the progress of the Seasons, right?    They are interrelated systems, true.   I haven’t yet found out what drives the progression of Fire Season, Rainy Season, Hurricane Season and Dry Season.  I’m still working on identifying the markers of the Florida Earthway Seasons.

It’s a good question, and I’ll have to keep studying this.

Fire Season and Live-Oak trees

Here are the photos of the Live Oak.  Live Oak have smaller leaves than Laurel Oak and Water Oak.  Also, these are not located near a stream or low lying area. 

During Fire Season, trees produce their pollen vehicles (*I can’t think of what these are called.  Earlier I had typed seeds.  But that isn’t correct.  A seed is an acorn, and that’s different from the things on the trees here… take a look.  (I’ve mislabeled the photos, I’ve called them ‘berries,).  Very soon, these pollen vehicles will launch a very fine pollen mist all over southwest florida.   

Also  Note the Air Plant on the Live Oak Tree, it is a mich larger one that the one on the Cypress.  (I don’t know if it is a different species, or just a much more mature air plant.)  [sigh, another thing to go look up…]

Fire Season, Cypress Trees.

Ok, so in the previous post, we had some photos of the plants that are in bloom this time of year, Fire Season, and they all have red tones in them.  Today, I’m posting some photos of trees.  This post contains the photos of Cypress (another post will contain the Live Oak photos.)   At this time of year, the Cypress trees are dormant.  They look ‘dead,’ or ‘dried up.’  But they are really ok.   At other times of the year, these trees will have green needles with red at the tips.

The top left photo shows the cypress tree.  They are triangular trees.  The photo under the Tree, shows cypress berries forming. 

The top right photo shows an Air Plant that is living in the Cypress Tree.    The photo under the Airplant, shows the cypress knees.

The Plants of Fire Season: Red.

In mid-February, in Southwest Florida, this is the time of year when the red things are in bloom.  From the top left, we’ve got:  the Croton shrub, the Aloe plant (great for mild burns, and sunburn); 2 plants I’ll have to look up;  the Asparagus Fern,  and the Klanoche.

The Aloe plant has a flowering tip (oh, need another photo) that is reddish-pink on a long spike.  Very fascinating forms.  But note how the tips of the aloe leaves, are tinged with red.  In the Hurricane Season, they are green and fleshy.