I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.George Washington Carver Adam was a gardener, and God, who made him, sees that half of all good gardening is done upon the knees.Rudyard Kipling For behold, the kingdom of God … Continue reading Pruning and weeding as frames of mind
There are a lot of great books about historical personalities who loved gardening. One of my favorites is Andrea Wulf's Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation. Another great one is Voltaire's Vine and Other Philosophies: How Gardens Inspired Great Writers. (See Brains with green fingers.) This morning, I … Continue reading Voltaire in the garden
Distracted by oysters. This is in one of the canals in our town - our second place to put in, after Princess Place Preserve. It is surprising how many oyster beds there are in the estuaries here. We learned the hard way not to get out in the shallows, as one place was mud waist-deep … Continue reading A day on the water, part two
Not a swell image, but Elise spotted Samson this morning flying from the ICW to the eagle nest with a giant fish. We got to watch the eagles feed it to the babies in real time. Getting ready to take the kayak to Princess Place Preserve.
We are planning to take the new tandem kayak out for its maiden voyage on Tuesday. It looks like we are going to take it out to Princess Place Nature Preserve, which is home to Pellicer Creek and its related estuaries. This is a sprawling estuary system that leads all the way up to Matanzas … Continue reading Three local nature preserves in a single day
Just a quick update on the bald eagle family that lives in our neighborhood. The eaglets are doing well and growing super fast. Here's a picture of them passed out after breakfast with mama standing guard. I'm beginning to think a bed of Spanish moss would be pretty comfortable.
I'm mostly putting this on my blog so I will always have easy access to it, but here is the ultimate beginner's guide to kayaking from Paddling magazine. They pretty much cover any navigation topic you can think of here. I stayed up late last night reading articles and watching videos about kayaking around alligators. … Continue reading Beginner’s guide to kayaking
Here they are, looking right at the camera. And a shot of the eaglets getting a meal of fish. Impressive how large the chunks of meat are that they can swallow already.
I have been waiting and waiting to get a picture of the second eaglet, who hatched yesterday in the middle of some terrible, stormy weather with high winds. But Gabrielle spent most of the day sheltering them with her body. In this video, we finally get a view of the two fluff balls together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbW1fgpBKYE&feature=youtu.be … Continue reading We have two eaglets now
A friend sent me the link to the Every Kid Outside initiative, knowing how much we love history and the great outdoors. Through this program, every 4th grader in the United States is eligible to receive a year-long pass to get into any national park free. The bipartisan John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation Management and … Continue reading Every Kid Outside