Tag: wildlife

Butterflies

Butterflies

Full Episode Watched this PBS Nature episode last week. Beyond inspiring, it got me to thinking. Unlike living in a temperate climate, there’s not a single day of the year that I don’t watch butterflies in the subtropics. Like the birds, different varieties come and […]

Swallow Tailed Kite

Swallow Tailed Kite

There’s a new bird in the neighborhood, the Swallow Tailed Kite. The Audubon Field Guide states: Our most beautiful bird of prey, striking in its shape, its pattern, and its extraordinarily graceful flight. Hanging motionless in the air, swooping and gliding, rolling upside down and […]

Anthropocene

Anthropocene

I’ve been pondering the Anthropocene since my geology college days. Having seen the geological evidence of how other ages mass have dramatically changed, I wondered how we will fare. In Anthropocene, on the TED Radio Hour, noted thinkers do a little pondering of their own. It’s […]

Friend is Back

Friend is Back

Great news. I saw Friend! What a welcome sight. She wandered out of the woods across the street from us. Headed past my driveway. Stopped. Starred. Took a few more steps toward the vacant lot next to us. Stopped. Starred again. Craned her neck. Paused […]

Razed Paradise and Put in a Residential Lot

Razed Paradise and Put in a Residential Lot

The Lot After a little paradise was lost, I needed time to recover from shock, before writing this. Now, looking out my office window, I’m surprised at just how harsh it is. the flat, rilled sand looks just like the mine tailings piles I helped create […]

Wildlife in My Backyard

Wildlife in My Backyard

Bobcat It’s hard to believe but our little home, in the city, is surrounded by wildlife. A Bobcat enjoys lounging beneath the Cassava. Today is the second time he’s been seen there. They are shy. And disappear at the slightest hint of human intrusion. I […]

Painted Buntings Are Back

Painted Buntings Are Back

What beautiful birds. The male is stunning. The female, though plain by contrast, is still striking. They winter here in Florida which means that it must be winter. With everything still blooming tomato transplants growing okra springing up It’s kind of hard for a old […]

Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoise

After relocating to Florida a year ago, we bought a house. And our first visitor was Friend. That’s the name we’ve given to a Gopher Tortoise whose land we share. Gopher Tortoises are a threatened species and protected in Florida. Friend grazes in our yard. […]