Creek Jots Early April ’12

Any ideas--animal, vegetable or mineral?

â–¶ Regarding the image above: If you know, stifle. If you don’t at first and want to venture a guess, please leave them in comments. Tomorrow I’ll have the answer for you. [HINT: this is not a long-range shot of distant mountain ranges. It is not the hide of an exotic Goose Creek endemic reptile. And it is not one of Ann’s desserts.]

▶ Looking forward to the rainy-day-indoor crazies. We got a nice rain to settle the dust, wet down the cardboard I’m using to kill weeds in the garden, and encourage the snow peas, beets, chard and kale along. Meanwhile, I’m literally being nibbled to death by mouse. She has, mercifully, lost her baby-razors and now has big dog teeth.

â–¶ Catch the Last Pictureshow. Last, at least, for the SustainFloyd movie season. This time, it’s Carbon Nation. It has gotten good reviews from across the political aisle.

….and a few kept snippets from recent browsing, FYI. Worth every penny you paid for it.

â–¶ Live! Great Blue Heron Nest at Cornell Lab of Ornithology

▶ Nature-Deficit Disorder –

▶ Global Warming Close to Becoming Irreversible: Scientific American

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Is it the underside of a mushroom?
    Thanks for the link to the great blue heron nest. I will bookmark it next to the live bald eagle cam. Such fun!!! Take care. ARR