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Happy 4th of July!

The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group.  It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you.  Snails, fish, insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds and/or flowers.  All are worthy additions to the bucket.  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.
Here are some July wildflowers from the Olympic National Park of WA.  These were taken last year in late July.
Indian paintbrush at Hurricane Ridge
Avalanche Lily on Hurricane Ridge
Menzie's larkspur
Menzie's larkspur on Hurricane Ridge

And here, July colors from my yard on the NE corner of the Olympic Peninsula:

Elderberries
white pine butterfly (Neophasia menapia)
White pine butterfly (Neophasia menapia) on Daisy
Lupine
On this Independence Day, let us remember our dependence on maintaining a healthy natural environment to sustain us. Let us celebrate our interdependence that leads to healthy communities.

The Daily Bucket is now ready for your observations and insights.  

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"Green Diary Rescue" is Back!

After a hiatus of over 1 1/2 years, Meteor Blades has revived his excellent series.  As MB explained, this weekly diary is a "round-up with excerpts and links... of the hard work so many Kossacks put into bringing matters of environmental concern to the community... I'll be starting out with some commentary of my own on an issue related to the environment, a word I take in its broadest meaning."

"Green Diary Rescue" will be posted every Saturday at 1:00 pm Pacific Time on the Daily Kos front page.  Be sure to recommend and comment in the diary.

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