The Great Outdoors

This category includes posts related to gardening, observations in nature, and outdoor activities.

  • The Great Outdoors

    Growing Bee Balm

    I found Bee Balm (also known as Bergamot) in a garden nursery in a section of plants labeled “adored by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.” I liked the color of this variety, and bees and butterflies are most attracted to blue and purple flowers. I was interested in this fact because we are in the midst of a honey bee crisis – colonies are collapsing everywhere. The next time you are in the produce section of the grocery store, consider this: agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by bees. Often bees are shipped into areas to pollinate crops. If we don’t take an interest in what is happening to bees, we may…

  • The Great Outdoors

    Lunar Eclipse December 2010

    I’m really interested in this astronomical event, as it is very rare. The last time a lunar eclipse happened on the day of a solstice (first day of winter for the Northern Hemisphere) was 372 years ago, in 1638. The lunar eclipse will be visible from 1:33 to 5:01 a.m. ET Tuesday, with the total eclipse starting at about 2:41 a.m., according to NASA. (source: CNN) It’s absolutely beautiful outside this evening. I went for a walk and took a few pictures. The sky is amazingly clear. Sadly, not all of my pictures are fit to show, but I did capture a couple of interesting pre-eclipse shots. I hope I’ll…