Posts Tagged ‘environment’

A person in Copley Square feeds the pigeons quite regularly and in great volume. He may have been doing it so routinely that the pigeons have become attuned to his hand gesture when he disburses his feed. So if anyone makes a similar gesture, their hand sweeping the air, the birds settle immediately en masse until a few quick pecks at empty ground reveal no food. Then away they fly. I’m not sure if the hawk gets them when they are flying in or flying away. But I know this hawk caught and consumed at least two pigeons while I was in the area. The man has been asked not to feed the birds. We’ll see …

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an unlit candle waiting for its spark

… there’s a company called Usful Glassworks. Recycled glass is transformed into lovely, useful items. What’s really special about this company, in addition to its merchandise, is its founding philosphy of providing manufacturing and production experience to those who face the greatest employment barriers including at-risk youth, male and female offenders, those with mental or physical disabilities, refugees, veterans and the low-income elderly. It is an institution providing help, hope and opportunity to those who need it most. See for yourself in the following video and learn more about its future on its gofundme page:


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Okay, I won’t lie … this was fun to create. 🙂

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I found this fellow as I was opening the window this morning.  Just look at those lovely legs.  If anyone knows the name of this insect, please share. 😉

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The results of an impromptu walk around my neighborhood.  I have to admit, I got a bit lost.  Many hours later, my feet still hurt.  But it was worth it, I think. 😉

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Learn more about this lovely place here.

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Recently while traveling in Maryland, Steve asked if I’d like to visit one of his old hiking spots near the Potomac River.  After telling me the path’s name, the Billy Goat Trail, he simply added, “It’s a place I used to hike every weekend.  You’ll get some great shots.”  If he had further mentioned that we were about to embark on an adventure through “rough and rocky terrain,” scaling steep cliff faces and edging around tall boulders while beneath us water raged by … well, I probably would have bowed out.  In the end, I’m glad I didn’t. 😉

As we trekked along, beauty revealed itself with every step, especially the beauty of the stone …

… and the unexpected reflections in the slower moving pools.

Mushrooms were abundant in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Though I avoided the spiders, there were plenty of other little creatures to be found in the waning light.

      In the end, we did not do the whole trail.  The sun was soon to set.  We took the “emergency exit” located midway along the path.

And to our surprise, as in the beginning when we first set foot upon the trail, at the end as we stepped off, there stood the blue heron.


The Billy Goat Trail lies within the Chesapeake  & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.  You can read more about the C & O Canal via this link.  Learn more about the Billy Goal Trail here.

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For most of my professional life, I have worked for environmental organizations where staff often ponder questions like what does it mean to connect children (especially urban youth) to nature (especially in the big city)?  I find myself reflecting on my childhood in a small Virginia city where people kept a chicken or two in their backyards.  One neighbor even illegally kept a goat.  I write often about being able to see the Blue Ridge Mountains from my back porch.  In a yard the size of postage stamp, my younger brother and I discovered bright blue bird’s eggs in a nest near our house, a monarch chrysalis under our backporch, and garter snakes burrowed in the ground near the dog’s water dish.  I never visited a national park in my youth but I certainly felt connected to nature.  I now live in a metropolis of three million plus people.  There is no place I can go without hearing the rumble of cars in the distance, trains rolling by or planes flying overhead.  I believe in the magnificence of cities and in human ingenuity but there is something to be said for a quiet patch of green.

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