With our longest day of the year now behind us the fireworks begin in earnest. Summer blooming flowers will soon begin to pop and as warmer days unfold, the crops will grow rapidly. Already the deer are beginning to feed on the newly emerging soybean fields. The abundant young gophers search for holes in my fence so they can feed on my young vegetables. Just as the winter solstice begins the hungry season, so now the summer solstice begins the full season, the time of abundance with few hungry mouths unsatisfied.
With a nearly full moon rising over tall green prairie grass and blue water we have entered the longest days of the year and plant growth is at its apex. The pollinators are hard at work on the plants that boom outside our door. We are always amazed at the diversity of our native plants. An interesting mutation of our blanket flower has blooms that look like a flying saucer. The bees, like little spacemen perch on the petals as if on a flight to some distant planet, ready to get off and pollinate a new world.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..