Feeling the high temperatures of the last month makes it hard to believe today is actually the first day of summer! In celebrating the official start to summer and the longest day of this year, it is worthwhile to take a moment to view the rising moon this evening. It is the first full moon solstice since 1948 and is called the strawberry moon. According to the Farmers Almanac "the Algonquin tribes knew it as a signal to gather ripening fruit." In Europe, where strawberries are not native, it was also known as the full rose moon or the honey moon. If you look closely at native Amelanchier trees (Common Name: Shadbush or Juneberry) the birds have already picked them clean of their viable fruit. Perhaps paying attention to this month's sun and moon can make the difference between a basket that is full or half empty!