Category Archives: Natural World

Frost Descends 霜降 shuāng jiàng Oct 23rd

Frost’s Descent is the 18th term and the last solar term of autumn, during which time the weather becomes much colder than before and ice crystals form as frost begins to appear.  In the lower reaches of the Yellow River … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: Darkness Falls

Cats are nocturnal creatures. This is the common belief. Even Fred Flintstone “put the cat out for the night”.  The big cats, the wild ones are in fact mostly nocturnal. Feral domestic cats are usually nocturnal as well. Night is … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Black Cats and Human Ignorance

Every year the warnings go out. Black cats should be kept indoors at Halloween. Many rescue groups avoid adopting out black cats in the weeks leading up to the day. It is one thing for people of the Middle Ages … Continue reading

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Cold Dew hán lù 寒露 8 Oct (do next)

On October 8th we pass into the 17th solar term Cold Dew (節氣). It is Hánlù  in Chinese, Kanro in japanese, Hallo (한로) in Korean and in Vietnamese  Hàn lộ. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 195° and ends at the longitude … Continue reading

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Autumn Light

“Now Autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.” — William Allingham The autumn light is different. It is not just the romanticism of poets that it takes on a golden hue. … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts Postponed- Entering the October Country

Today is the first of October. This post was supposed to have been for yesterday. Then Shinki died and in my preoccupation with writing about him I forgot to either finish properly or postpone this post. So we are giving … Continue reading

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Apple Season

An entire year will often go by without my eating an apple. I am forever spoiled by the apples of my youth. They were irregular in shape and strong in flavor. The orchards were local and the apples were not … Continue reading

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