I have a few pictures from bird feeders. Those are big in Tennessee, sure brings the birds in – not sure if money would be better spent on wildflowers and habitat. Certainly the birds would not be as reliable – but….
Month: May 2015
Return of the Red Belly
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Still no belly check. The red on this woodpecker’s head is magnificent, I wonder is it a regional difference (Tennessee vs Florida) or breeding plumage?
Quote found at https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/conservation
Not a lot of scenery shots from this trip. However you can tell where the term “smokey” mountains comes from. While technically Sullivan county is not in the smokies it is among the foothills and shares almost daily mist with its neighbors. Also, sunrise is a challenge in the mountains – it takes a while to get over the hills.
Monday is Bird Day!
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso
First of the Tennessee pictures. This park is in Sullivan County in Eastern Tennessee it is built along an ancient highway originally used by native Americans and later used by early settlers to open up the land west of the Appalachian mountains.
Quote found at http://dailyinspirationblog.com/inspirational-pablo-picasso-quotes/
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Just back from a week in Tennessee. Lots of pictures to sort through. Lots of history visited there – lots of sadness about the destruction of the old growth forests and treatment of the native Americans that the early settlers did. Much like what was done here in Florida only a century before. But first a visit the wetlands and see what’s happened there in a week.
Quote found at https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/inspirational
“Conservation is now a dead word” – Marjory Stoneman Douglas
The above quote came from a 91 year old Marjory in the early 1980’s. Still trying to rally the troops to protect her beloved everglades. Perhaps our (Florida) legislators will listen to the will of the people and continue current conservation efforts.
Quote found at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/marjory_stoneman_douglas.html
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
“Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is” – German Proverb
These birds, while cautious were not afraid. Fortunately there were plenty of fish about. Alligators prefer fish since they are much easier to catch and deal with than birds.
We counted 8 alligators among the flock of over 150 birds feeding in this area.
Quote found at http://thinkexist.com/quotes/with/keyword/wolf/
Out of Doors
“Nature is not easily discouraged, she recreates again and again that which has been destroyed” – Charles Torrey Simpson
Current read is a book about Florida called Out of Doors in Florida by Charles Torrey Simpson. Simpson was a naturalist who lived and studied Florida’s environment in the first part of the 20th century. While the above quote was specific to the roll fire plays in the Florida environment, it is true no matter what or who is the destroyer. And it applies to us as well.
“My progress was rendered delightful by the sylvan elegance of the groves, cheerful meadows, the high distant forests, which in grand order presented themselves in view” – William Bartram
William Bartram, my favorite naturalist, traveled these paths in the late 1700’s seeing wonders we can only dream about.
Quote found at http://www.great-quotes.com/quotes/author/William/Bartram