Sea of Green
We are now well into summer, hence, time to honor the greenest of
all Pennsylvania months, July. July has always ranked in MY top
twelve months of the year, and to many, ranks numero uno. The
month of June finds many plants just beginning to embrace the
warmer weather, yet not reaching their full potential of "greenness,"
while August finds many plants fade in color in anticipation of cooler
nights and decreased hours of daylight. This leaves July as the month
with the claim to fame as greenest.
"From its early identification with the Germanic root words "grass"
"grow," the color green has been associated with life, renewal
and hope. Bec
ause in nature we are surrounded by a world of green
trees, grass, and meadows, the human eye feels very comfortable
with this color and all its many shades. In fact, green not only
dominates nature but also takes up the most space in the
color spectrum that is visible to the eye. Its calming familiarity makes
it the perfect backdrop or background for daily living, working and
It's no coincidence other forms of natural beauty take advantage of
July, as green serves as the perfect background for such
advertisements as brilliant yellows, reds, purples, and oranges of
wildflowers, birds, and insects. Imagine yourself a magnificent
cardinal flower looking for a pollinator, or a bright red wild ripe
raspberry looking for a hungry seed dispersing mammal. It's the green
background which plays a significant role in getting you noticed. Many
other animals see green as a source of safety and protection.
Many amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish, and insects use the color green
as camouflage to blend in with the green July environment.
Nature in summer is bursting at the seams, and all in that "sea of
green." It's the time to stay connected or to reconnect with nature.
Take your pick... flowers, mammals, birds, insects, reptiles... they are all
there to observe in July. Now is the time to learn the parts of a flower,
use leaves to identify a tree, compare the shades of green in grass, an
oak leaf, soft green moss, or of a green cricket, or, just simply tune in
to that which makes us whole... flourishing nature. It's nature school
in full session, and everyone gets an A.
So, in conclusion, if you're looking for greener pastures, you may want
to go to... greener pastures!
"Did You Know?" quiz for the July...
More than half (70%) of the
world's oxygen is produced by phytoplankton photosynthesis in the
world's oceans. The other 30% of the world's oxygen is produced is
almost entirely in:
a. Tropical rainforests
b. Boreal forests
c. Meadows, plains, and savannas
d. Temperate forests
Last month's Did You Know? answer is...
Which insect migrates annually from the northeastern U.S. and
southeast Canada to spend the winter in the forested highlands of
a. Hummingbird bee
b. Hummingbird moth
c. Monarch butterfly
d. Mexican wedge-tail damselfly
The answer is: a. The beautiful monarch butterfly!