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The Backyard Science group regularly publishes The Daily Bucket, which features observations of the world around us.  Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds, flowers and anything natural or unusual are worthy additions to the Bucket and its comments.  Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment.  Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located. Each note is a record that we can refer to as we try to understand the patterns that are unwinding around us.

If you suddenly woke up after a long sleep, like Rip Van Winkle, what clues would tell you the season, as you wandered in the garden, still half-awake?  Below the wilted squash flower, we can review a few possible hints.

The lettuce has bolted, but still retains a few tiny flowers, tempting the bees. So it must be summer.

The pears are ripening, so it's past-mid-summer.  These are out of reach so I could not thin them and weed out the more distressed specimens.

Look at that, the cherry tomatoes are good to go. It must be August.  Those are the perfect size to slice up onto bruschetta, along with some garden herbs, mainly basil.

"Spotlight on Green News & Views" will be posted every Saturday at 1pm and Wednesday at 3:30 pm Pacific Time on the Daily Kos front page.  Be sure to recommend and comment in the diary.

Now It's Your Turn What's interesting to you? Please post your own observations and your general location in the comments.

Thank you for reading. I'll work this morning so I'll respond to comments before lunchtime, PDT.

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