Friday, June 26, 2015

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot...

The hot and humid south has been living up to the description this summer. I can almost see steam rising from everything. I've never been on good terms with the sun. Most of the time I stay inside like a vampire. The only things I can say I am enjoying about this interminably hot weather are the clouds. I know that sounds odd, but since the humidity has been ever present, the clouds are really beautiful. Huge billowing puffs of cotton, showing many variations of white (yes, there are different types of white). Okay, now I'm going to say something favorable about the Sun...when the Sun shows me some consideration and tucks itself behind the clouds, the results are gorgeous. From glowing cloud edges, to visible rays of light piercing their way through in shafts. As I was leaving work the other day I looked up at the sky and saw the Sun lighting up the edges of a high bank of clouds while three birds (Crows, I think) were flying towards them. That taught me an important lesson...always have your camera handy... 

Aside from the misty heat, we have had an equal amount of rain. That was something I missed living on the west coast. Thunder storms. We really get them here on the Georgia coast. In spades. Per my usual habit, I try to get outside for a walk around the marsh and some picture taking. Rain or shine. The images in this post were taken over a period of a few days, so they act as an example of how quickly the weather changes around here.

While out on one of my walks, I wandered down by the dock remains and saw the above. They cut down one of the gentle giants I have photographed on many occasions over the last few years. I don't know the reasons for chopping it down, but I expect it posed a danger of falling. It was close to the end of a building. I saw the stump and felt a twinge of sadness...I love trees. The birds loved that tree, too. Herons, Egrets, Hawks ( I see them riding thermals just about every day), even Black Vultures (really creepy looking). That's one of the things that is plentiful on the marsh, birds. I need to get a field guide as I always seem to see a new one whenever I go out. Many a time I've heard a great rustling overhead, to look up and see the widespread wings of a Blue Heron pumping the air as it flies away over the marsh grasses. I don't know whether they nest in the trees, or they just use them as sentinel towers. Well, one of those towers has fallen...bye, tree...

Wild flowers abound here, as well. Another guide I need to pick up...



The Strawberry Moon of June 2nd was beautiful...the day after. Unfortunately, one of our stormy days was happening at its peak. The Buck Moon is coming up on July 2nd. As much as I dig rain I hope I get to see it at 100% of its fullness.

These next few pictures were taken on the same day. A stormy one, as you can see. This particular storm was rolling in pretty quickly. My distaste for using a flash can make picture taking difficult at times, but then there are some photos that aren't perfect, but still fall under the heading of 'happy accident'. That's how I see this close-up of the base of a tree. I like the green of it.



Then the storm rolled in. I never tire of watching a storm front pull itself across the marsh. Like a blanket. We also get a lot of lightning with our thunder storms. Our local weather chick always warns people to stay inside and away from windows during lightning. I have yet to heed her warning. I figure there are other things taller than me to occupy the lightnings time.

This last photo was taken on a particularly blue night. Not me, though. Just the sky...


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Beltane 2015...

A couple of days late, but still in time to wish everyone a beautiful Beltane and/or May Day. It's a time for renewal and fertile fresh beginnings. I know that most think of the fertility of this time to be meant in terms of animals and plants, but I look at it as prime time to cultivate fresh new ideas to start down some new paths.

For me Fall is typically a more thought provoking and creatively inspiring time of the year. I am going to give the energies of Beltane a go this time around. I need a boost to my creative self. Time to put some of the ideas I constantly come up with to work.

Blessings to one and all...





(Photo: Mick Coughlin)


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day 2015...




Today is Earth Day. It is a day for honoring Gaia, and focusing on things we can do to preserve the natural aspects of this planet. I wonder if many of the Earth's inhabitants really see the state of things from the proper perspective? Do they understand what "being green" ultimately means?

Here on the marsh in my corner of things I not only see the natural world around me. Whenever I can, I experience it. The flora and fauna that covers the Earth's surface is vital to mans existence. The bee for example. Bee populations have greatly diminished. They are responsible for pollinating crops that feed us. If bees become extinct, 70 of the 100 crops that feed 90% of the world will no longer be around. Things don't end there. If we lose plants pollinated by bees, we lose the animals that eat those plants, and the loss continues as you travel up the food chain. Saving Gaia's animal and plant life is not just a cause for "tree huggers" (and I do love trees). It is a cause that everyone should take seriously.

Saving plants and animals. Doing what we can to help preserve the all important ozone layer. Taking global warming seriously. Yes, I know many people think that last issue is silly and false, but there is so much happening on a global scale that is undeniable (polar ice melting, for one). A long list of causes can be made, but it all leads to one end. One that I always mention when conversations turn to the subject of "saving the planet"...

Inevitably, it's not about "saving the planet"...it's about saving the human race. The Earth will be here long after we humans cause our own extinction. To me "saving the planet" is about saving our way of life. Things are going to get worse...and if we continue along this path we're on, down the road, things will become dire.

Today was a sunny one here on the Wilmington Island marsh. A bit different to the last few weeks. Overcast skies and rain have been the constant here. Not that I mind, really. I enjoy rainy weather most.

I suppose a time of celebration for the Earth is best represented by a bright and shining sun filled day. When I ventured out to capture a few photos to mark the occasion, I was hit by the green that I see every time I leave for work, or head out for a stroll. The Earth is beautiful all done up for the warmer months.


The remaining photos were taken day before yesterday. An overcast and rainy day. It's amazing to think that just a month ago the marsh was covered in mustard yellows. After the regular rains since March, the yellows have been replaced by bright green (the above comparison pics show the difference).




Will the Earth change drastically in my remaining years, however long that is? I think some changes will occur. Hopefully some of them will be for the better. I think major change will be left for future generations. Mankind needs a wake up call. Who can say what that is?

In the meantime, I hope more and more inhabitants of Earth start doing their part to help by taking some positive action. Even the smallest acts (saving water, recycling) can help.

Show the Earth some love...