Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Early June Day in Toronto (2017)

The Seasons

G. Ross Lord Park on June 2nd: After parks’ employees completed some rock landscaping on a section
of embankment of the Don River that winds its way through this urban park near where we reside.
Photo Credit: ©2017. Perry J. Greenbaum

We don’t typically associate the month of June with the season of Spring, but most of the month is before the summer solstice (in North America), which this year is Wednesday, June 21, at 12:24 A.M. EDT—two weeks away. Is warmer dry weather on its way? There is good reason to ask, since a majority of the spring here in Toronto and in many parts of Canada has been cool and rainy, with above-average rainfall and below-average temperatures. So far, June has been cool; the silver lining is that this year air conditioners might not be necessary (not that we use one, anyway), thus saving people from high electricity costs. Another silver lining: I do not know if there is a correlation or it is pure chance, but I have already seen five monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) this year. The temperature when this photo was taken was 20°C (68°F) and sunny clear blue skies, which was slightly cooler than the normal daytime high of 23°C (73°F). Such days might be rare this summer, so it’s good to go out when they do occur.

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