Posts Tagged ‘nature’
The delicate little snowflake students of Columbia University are horrified to discover that hawks eat pigeons. Did they imagine hawks flew past a drive-in window to pick up an order, or waited for some environmentally correct student to toss out mice for them? How will these pitiful humanoids survive their entry into the real world?
These are in northern Russia, but they form elsewhere under the proper conditions. Mother Nature is just full of interesting phenomena, isn’t she?
If I felt like hiking, these are certainly some of the places I would consider doing it in. You will see some gorgeous fall foliage, as well as some very interesting natural formations, though for my money the trail at Watkins Glen takes the top spot.
Pure Wow offers the eight most beautiful American towns in fall for your visiting pleasure. I have been to half of them in the proper season and can attest to their stunning display of fall foliage, but it’s for you to decide.
I can say that the South seldom has the brilliant coloration of the northern states, and this year it’s even worse than usual because of the drought. Many locales haven’t had more than a half-inch of rain the the last thirty days, and the summer has been unusually long and very hot. This year many of the trees have dropped their leaves, and much of the foliage remaining is dry and brown. There are a few splashes of yellow and orange, but it’s nothing to write home about, even if you aren’t far away.
No, for once I’m not referring to Congress, or even politics, but two actual snakes, both poisonous. The truly odd thing is that one is a water moccasin, commonly called a cottonmouth, and the other is a copperhead. It isn’t common to see two different species fighting each other, and these particular two generally prefer different habitats, so this footage is all the more remarkable, even in Arkansas.
The few snake fights I have personally observed were generally between the same species, and none bit, but in the only one I saw between two different species, they bit and rolled furiously instead of merely wrestling.
Jonathan Last has written a marvelous article about taking his young son to Yellowstone National Park. Every parent should be required to read it, but especially the helicopter parents. You all know some, ever present, ever ready to interfere if their little darlings are at risk of getting a boo-boo.
I grew up on a farm, and was taught early and often that actions have consequences and that you are responsible for keeping your brain in gear and reacting appropriately to your circumstances. I was taught how to behave around horses and cattle and farm equipment. I learned which snakes were poisonous, how to recognize rabid animals, and what the proper courses of action were when confronted by them. My parents kept an eye on me, but generally with such subtlety that I was unaware. Of course, my father thought that at age eight I was perfectly capable of riding several miles of fence line on my very large horse with only my faithful dog accompanying us. He was correct, but some government ninny would probably try to charge him with child endangerment or neglect in this day and age.
The lessons I learned about the natural world as a child carried over into adulthood, and have kept me safe all over the world, including Yellowstone itself. ear spray wasn’t available when I visited, but I did have a stout oak hiking staff which would have proved as useful in fending off bears as it did an annoyed rattler the group ahead of me on the trail had stupidly messed with.
Take all your children to Yellowstone for the beauty and the education. Or take them to one of the nation’s many national parks and forests. Or just to a local park, if it still allows swings and has a little pond to muddy your feet with. Humans are basically advanced chimpanzees, so if your children learn to navigate the natural world they’ll have a good start on finding their path through the pitfalls of the human world.