Phenology has been defined as the study of natural phenomena that recur periodically, as flowering or migration, and of their relation to climate and changes in season.
Bayou-Diversity (7 October 2010): From the clouds of fresh midges a steady shower of insects rain on the rippled surface and vanish in the center of piscatorial dimples. The Firehole River and native cutthroat trout are 13 degrees of latitude north. This is Bayou Corney and bluegills. Though some in arrogance would scoff at such, there is sameness here.
Bayou-Diversity (2 October 2010): At dawn this morning the 2010 jalapeno pepper crop was harvested. After processing into pepper jelly and pepper sauce, the seeds and trimmings went into the compost pile. Possum in her nightly visit to this banquet table may have a difficult time maintaining her fixed grin tomorrow.
Bayou-Diversity (29 September 2010): Common green darner patrols his territory in the dry swamp with a vengeance. Normally, he guards pools in the shrub-swamp wetlands for his egg-laying mate. Is he expecting rain?
Bayou-Diversity (28 September 2010): It’s just a theory. For Louisiana, the relative humidity is low today. As he trolls the sky in erratic loops and sifts the wind for a molecule of decay, turkey vulture wishes for a bit more moisture in the atmosphere to fine-tune his receptors.
Bayou-Diversity (26 September 2010): Almost an inch of rain fell last night before the first cool front of autumn, but there’s nary a puddle in sight this morning. Activated root hairs sucked it all away into chambers of xylem, and transpiration pumped it upwards to the thirsty tips of the tallest trees. This silent process that sustains plant life is as vital to our own well-being as a heartbeat.
Bayou-Diversity (24 September 2010): Before sunrise this morning a barred owl tipsy in the light of a barely over-ripe harvest moon reminds the local girls not to forget about him during this time of seasonal separation.
Bayou-Diversity (22 September 2010): The autumnal equinox for the Northern Hemisphere officially begins at 10:13 CST tonight. For the first time in 19 years, a full moon will shine (at 4:17 am on Sept. 23) on the beginning of fall. Traditionally, the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox is called the harvest moon…and you can’t get much closer than this one.
Bayou-Diversity (20 September 2010): Two red-bellied woodpeckers hitched backwards down a large tree huckleberry to muscle chickadees out of the birdbath for a drink. Average precipitation here for the month of September is 3.5 inches. Ten days to go and we’ve received .05 inches in the Heartwood gauge.
Bayou-Diversity (19 September 2010): Large flocks of common grackles, like rolling clouds of raucous ebony raiders, descend upon the willow oaks of D’Arbonne Swamp to pinch the meats of ripe acorns – a sign of changing seasons.