Tag: nature

Mar 16

Springtime in the Poconos

Springtime also known as the Vernal Equinox does not officially arrive until Monday, March 20th at 4:30 PM EDT.   The end of the winter season and particularly the month of March in my region is unpredictable as it relates to the weather. We had an unusually mild February. Unusual because February is most often …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/springtime-in-the-poconos/

Feb 19

The Great Backyard Bird Count

This weekend in my part of the world we experienced some unseasonably mild temperatures and a couple of exceptionally sunny, warm and pleasant days. Daytime highs hit 60F (15.5C) with a light breeze and full sunshine it is my favorite type of weather. Not too hot and not too cold. In this region of the …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/great-backyard-bird-count/

Jan 03

Johnny Appleseed

Born September 26, 1774, in the town of Leominster, Massachusetts, John Chapman – aka Johnny Appleseed was an American pioneer frontiersman. In American folklore his name is legendary, but much of the legend is simply blown out of proportion. Many myths surround his life-story, but one thing is for sure; he was responsible for propagating …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/johnny-appleseed/

Dec 17

Winter Solstice – 2016

On Wednesday December 21st, 2016 at 5:44 AM EST the Winter Solstice will arrive. The Winter Solstice is known as the “shortest day of the year”. Actually this means that this day will have the shortest number of daylight hours – and each day forward the minutes of daylight will continue to grow until the …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/winter-solstice-2016/

Oct 25

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) extends from Maine to Georgia. Covering nearly 2,200 miles (3,500 km.) and traversing 14 states- heading north from Georgia, into North Carolina, then Tennessee, on through Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and finally, culminating in the woods of Maine. Meandering through many …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/hiking-appalachian-trail/

Aug 22

Thunder and Lightning

This summer the Pocono Mountains offered some exceedingly hot and intensely humid weather for an unusually extended stretch of days – turning into about 4 full weeks. Last night, that heat wave broke and night sleeping was, once again, a pleasant rest instead of a torturous, sweaty and fatiguing experience. During this period of tropical …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/thunder-and-lightning/

Aug 11

The Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower is an annual event in August. This year’s display is said to be the best in 20 years with the possibility of seeing as many as 200 per hour! I am hoping that the sky clears for the full view. To the right is an image of the constellation Perseus. No …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/perseid-meteor-shower/

Jun 19

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice is that point in time each year when the angle of the earth’s axis is at its maximum. This is referred to as the Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the sun 23 degrees, 26 minutes in the Northern Hemisphere. Occurring sometime between June 20th and 22nd – this year the Solstice will …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/summer-solstice/

May 13

Mid-May Garden report 2016

Regular readers know of my passion for gardening. In previous posts I have shared information about some of the bigger and longer term projects. This summer marks the 8th year since I moved back east. In 2008 I undertook the task of yet another long term landscaping and garden project. This endeavor took some planning, …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/mid-may-garden-report-2016/

Apr 18

America’s National Parks

From A- for Acadia, N.P. in Maine to Z- for Zion, N.P. in Utah, there are a total of 58 national parks across the U.S.A. adding up to more than 83 million acres of land. Follow this link to learn about the history of the National Parks. The National Park system celebrates its centennial this …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://english-speak-english.com/americas-national-parks/