Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Where the Grickle-Grass Grows

At the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows …. From The Lorax by Dr. Seuss ________________________________________ Those who know and know that they know – they are the wise – follow them. Those who know but don’t know that they know – they are misguided – enlighten them. Those who don’t know and […]


Meet 21 Gutsy Kids Who Make Me Proud – and a little humble and embarrassed!

I’d like you to meet 21 gutsy kids. I’ll give you a link to their webpage and identities in a few minutes. But first some background. We close the final chapter of Wonderlust with: “Philosopher and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer wrote the first two volumes of his Philosophy of Civilization in 1923. Upon his death in […]


Did the Wrong Cat Take Over the Swamp?

This is a tale about two big cats. Big cats are “territorial,” like nearly all other of our Creator’s creatures. Robert Ardrey, in his 1966 classic, The Territorial Imperative, defines “territory” as an area of space, which an animal or group of animals defends as an exclusive preserve. Most species defend territory only against animals […]


Power of Play

Once upon a time … There were no video games, no iPads, no iPods, no cable or satellite TV, no texting, no Facebook, no iPhones … When children were at play, it was ‘play.’ Absorbing play. Enthusiastic play. Sometimes with others, sometimes alone with a lot of ‘let’s pretend.’ Sometimes inside, but most of the […]


Disappearing Florida – Sunrise or Sunset?

There’s something special about our island, Tierra Verde, on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Living here is like being on a perpetual vacation in one of Gaia’s most beautiful places. Centuries ago, when native Americans settled this part of the globe, and the seas were much lower (about 120 meters lower – see our blog Abrupt Change […]


Disappearing Florida – Squeeze on the Swamp

Deep in the bald cypress forest of the Corkscrew Swamp in South Florida is Lettuce Lake. Its surface is covered with a mat of soft green floating vegetation known as “water lettuce.” The water lettuce provides shelter for crayfish, small fish, small reptiles, and amphibians and provides food for turtles and a vast variety of […]


Disappearing Florida – The Invaders

One of the early blogs I posted on this site was posted after a Florida Naturalist field trip within the St. Martins’ Preserve. I had heard about “invasive species” of plants and animals, but what I heard went in one ear and out the other. After the November 2009 field trip, I wrote the blog, […]


Disappearing Florida – Salt of Our Earth

Florida’s beaches are fascinating. On its East Coast sandy beaches are shaped by the merciless pounding from the Atlantic’s waves. These beaches are “high energy” beaches. In contrast, on the West Coast from about Citrus County north, around the bend to Apalachicola Bay, the coastal wetlands are “low energy“ landforms, without the pounding waves and […]


Disappearing Florida – Sea Life, from Turtles to Coral Reefs

Sea Life and Coral[/caption] Florida has the richest concentration of reptiles, sea turtles and other amphibians of any state. Sea turtles can live to be a 100 years old. However, they have a weakness. They lay their eggs – 50-200 at a time – in nests dug among beach dunes, far inland from the waters […]


Disappearing Florida – Coastal Hammocks

Unlike most of the photos we’ve featured in our blog, the picture above has not been included for its beauty. The dead red cedars were once part of a thriving “island hammock” – a tree-filled bit of high ground protruding above the high-tide line on a coastal salt marsh; in this case, on the Withlacoochee […]


Disappearing Florida – the Florida Panther

In April 2010, we published a blog titled “Did the wrong Cat take over the swamp?“ Our story was about the destructive, encroaching pressures put on the Everglades by urban growth, resulting not only in the loss of some of Florida’s most pristine wilderness, but also of the habitat of the Florida Panther. We wrote: […]


Disappearing Florida – the Brown Pelican

Living on a Florida coastal island, as we do, it’s hard to image that the Brown Pelican is an endangered specie. These awkward looking waterbirds, with wing spans up to seven feet, yellow heads, brown bodies, and suitcase-like beaks were nearly wiped out in the early 1900s by Gulf fishermen who slaughtered them, claiming they […]


Some “Bugs” that “Bear” Fixing

The winter of 2010 is going to be a tough winter for the bears in Yellowstone – and for a number of the Park’s visitors. There’s a shortage of whitebark pine cones, a favorite bear food. Bears like to load up on the pine cones before they hibernate for the long winter. But in recent […]


Rosy Fingers of Dawn on a Fragile Day

According to ancient Greek legend, each morning Eos, the goddess of dawn, rose from her home at the edge of Oceanus, the ocean that surrounds the world, to herald her brother Helios, the sun. Homer’s Iliad immortalized the legend by opening each epic, unspoiled day by a gentle turn from Eos’s rosy fingers of dawn. […]


“I Think That I Shall Never See …”

When I was in the 6th grade, my teacher thought we should become familiar with poetry. My assignment, learn and recite “Trees,” Joyce Kilmer‘s 1912 poem, written a few years before he died during World War I. The poem went like this: I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. […]


A Growing "Photo Op"!

Deserts are fascinating places for photographers. Deserts are filled with geometry – lines and curves, shaped by shadows and sweeping mountains of sand interspersed with dead trees and empty riverbeds, populated by unusual wildlife. Early on, as I developed my interest in photography, I bought a Brett Weston desert landscape, “Dune California.” In the mid […]


Did the Wrong “Cat“ Take Over the Swamp?

This is a tale about two big cats. Big cats are “territorial,” like nearly all other of our Creator’s creatures. Robert Ardrey, in his 1966 classic, The Territorial Imperative, defines “territory” as an area of space, which an animal or group of animals defends as an exclusive preserve. Most species defend territory only against animals […]


What Happens When the Well Runs Dry?

It’s so easy for us in the United States to get a glass of water. It’s free at restaurants. At home or in the park, we simply turn on the spigot, and refresh ourselves. But most of our Gaia neighbors don’t have it so easy. The single biggest cause of premature death on our globe […]


"Leave Only Footprints" – an Old Adage revisited!

There’s an old adage, cautiously followed by nature photographers and environmentalists worldwide. It’s “Take only pictures, leave only footprints.” As wise as that admonition is in environmentally sensitive areas, it has its limitations. Let’s consider the Pampas of Argentina as an example. Today, the Pampas are considered one of the most environmentally endangered habitats on […]


Plato was Right!

Plato once said that the “aim of all education is to teach us to love beauty.” Travel can be a vital part of that education. When we explore the amazing mystery of our planet, we become connected, in harmony – and we learn to love its beauty. Through our photographs we can capture a few […]


92,500 Down, 7,500 to Go – But Who's Counting?

The Cheetah is the oldest of the big cats, going back some 3 million years. 20,000 years ago Cheetahs were common throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere, including North America as well as Asia, Europe and Africa. Sumerian princes and noblemen kept Cheetahs as pets and used them to hunt, much as hunting dogs are […]


So, How Do We Share Our Earth’s Precious Resources?

There’s an interesting quiz on the Global Footprint webpage. You answer a few questions and it calculates how you use the earth’s resources. My score indicates that if each person on earth used resources as I do, we would need 4.3 earths to support our global population. That’s scary, but pretty good, actually. Americans on […]