72 seasons of the year

 unit 

ancient China 

 Northern California 

time of year

Spring

1



East wind 

melts the ice


Fiddleheads emerge


Feb 5-9



2



Dormant

creatures awake


Newts lay 

eggs


Feb 10-14



3



Fish swim upstream 


Daffodils 

open


Feb 15-19



4



River otters sacrifice fish


Plum 

blossoms


Feb 20-24



5



Wild geese head north


Violets 

bloom


Feb 25-28/29



6



Grass and trees sprout


Daphne blooms


March 1-5



7



Peach 

blossoms 


Maple leaves unfurl


March 6-10



8



Golden orioles sing


Cherry blossoms


March 11-15



9



Hawks become doves


California poppies bloom


March 16-21



10



Swallows 

return


Swallows return


March 22-26



11



Thunder

 sings


Wild iris

bloom


March 27-31



12



First 

lightning


Whales head north


April 1-5



13



Paulownia blooms


Paulownia blooms


April 6-10



14



Moles become quails


Wild rhododendrons


April 11-15



15



Rainbows appear


Snail eggs hatch


April 16-21



16



Floating weeds appear


Herbaceous peony blooms


April 22-26



17



Pigeons flap their wings


Wisteria blooms


April 27-May 1



18

Hoopoe in mulberry

Fawns

born

May 2-6

Summer

19



Little frogs

 peep


Roses

bloom


May 7-11



20



Worms come

forth


Worms

flourish


May 12-16



21



Cucurbit 

flourishes 


Wild lupine

blooms


May 17-21



22



Bitter herb

grows tall


Matilija poppy

blooms


May 22-26



23



Waving grasses

wither


Hydrangea 

blooms


May 27-31



24



Grain

ripens


Wild strawberries


June 1-5



25



Mantids

hatch 


Dragonflies

appear


June 6-10



26



Shrike 

shrieks


Hemlock

flowers


June 11-15



27



Mockingbird

looses voice


Blackberries

begin


June 16-20



28



Deer break

antlers


Loquats 

ripen


June 21-25



29



Cicada

 sings


Trumpet lilies

bloom


June 26-30



30



Crowdipper

flourishes


Morning glory

rampant


July 1-5



31



Hot winds

arrive


Fennel in

full flower


July 6-10



32



Crickets come

into walls


Naked lady

buds appear


July 11-15



33



Hawk studies

and learns


Bellflower

opens


July 16-20



34



Rotted weeds

into fireflies


Poison oak 

reddens


July 21-25



35



Earth is

steaming wet


Fawns

lose spots


July 26-30



36

Great rains

sweep through

Acorns 

form

July 31-Aug 5


Autumn

37



Cool wind arrives


Fog 

rolls in


Aug 6-10



38



White dew descends


Fringed cornlily

blooms


Aug 11-15



39



Cold cicada chirps 


Crickets 

cry


Aug 16-20



40



Raptor sacrifices birds


Oriental lily

blooms


Aug 21-25



41



Heaven and earth turn strict


Windflower 

blooms


Aug 26-30



42



Rice

ripens 


Pampas grass

withers


Aug 31-Sept 4



43



Wild geese come


Cow parsnip withers


Sept 5-9



44



Swallows 

leave


Swallows 

leave


Sept 10-14



45



Flocks of birds

gather grain


Chanterelles appear


Sept 15-20



46



Thunder pipes down


Persimmons ripen


Sept 21-25



47



Beetles wall up their burrows


Maples lose leaves


Sept 26-30



48



Waters

dry up


Fogs 

dry up


Oct 1-5



49



Wild geese come as guests


Monarchs

gather


Oct 6-10



50



Sparrow turn

into clams


Chrysanthemum

blooms


Oct 11-15



51



Chrysanthemum is tinged yellow


Cymbidium

buds open


Oct 16-21



52



Wolf sacrifices beasts


Saffron 

blooms


Oct 22-26



53



Leaves turn yellow and fall


Ginkgo 

yellows


Oct 27-31



54

Insects tuck themselves away

Fire danger

high

Nov 1-5



Winter

55



Water begins to freeze


The rains

 begin


Nov 6-10



56



Earth begins to freeze


Tea flowers bloom


Nov 11-15



57



Pheasants 

into monsters


Mushrooms emerge


Nov 16-20



58



Rainbows

 hide


Banana slugs emerge


Nov 21-25



59



Heaven rises

 earth sinks


Ticks 

abound


Nov 26-30



60



Winter takes hold


Crabs 

are fat


Dec 1-5



61



Copper pheasant silent


Days are warm, nights are cold


Dec 6-10



62



Tiger begins to roam


Newts begin to roam


Dec 11-15



63



Garlic chives sprout


Oxalis 

blooms


Dec 16-20



64



Earthworms

twist


Moss glows green


Dec 21-25



65



Elk break 

antlers


Paper narcissi bloom


Dec 26-30



66



Springwaters move


Rivers 

are full


Dec 31- Jan 4



67



Wild geese return north 


Whales head south


Jan 5-9



68



Magpies

 nest


Mule deer break antlers


Jan 10-14



69



Pheasant cock calls its mate


Field mustard blooms


Jan 15-19



70



71



Pheasant hen broods


Vulture flies stern and swift


Loquat

 blooms


Acacia 

blooms


Jan 20-24



Jan 25-29



72

Streams and marshes frozen solid

Wild cucumber shoots

emerge

Jan 30-Feb 4