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“I feel so intensely the delights of shutting oneself up in a little world of one’s own, with pictures and music and everything beautiful.”
― Virginia Woolf, The Voyage Out

A Moment in Nature Great Horned Owl

Inaturalist

“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages”. —Virginia Woolf

“They say that we can reconcile this, put it in the past. They say that we can reconcile this, leave it behind us. It’s in our blood, in these fading memories. It’s in our blood, it’s in our blood, in these fleeting stories. It’s in our blood, it’s in our blood, in these disappearing words It’s in our blood, it’s in our blood even when they stop losing meaning Why does it feel like we’re on the edge? Holding on so we don’t forget. Why does it feel like we’re on a ledge? Staring down at certain death. Why does it feel like the story ends before it begins? I guess we come we go just like the days, there’s light then night then the morning rays. I guess I know just like the snow, we fall, we melt, fade away A month, a day, a week, a year I’d just like to say that we were here We were here, before we walked in the shadow of… We were here, before we walked in the shadow of… We are here, and we walk in the shadow of… I am here, and I walk in the shadow of us. Why does it feel like the story ends before it begins? Why does it feel like the story ends before it begins? Oh we were here, in these fading memories. Oh we were here, in these fleeting stories. Oh we were here, in these disappearing words. Oh we were here, It’s in our blood. I guess we come we go just like the days, there’s life then death then life again. I guess I’m afraid just like the rain It’ll wash away eventually. A month, a day, a week, a year I’d just like to say that we were here.” Much love, Aysanabee

A Moment in Nature Volunteer Park Natural Wetlands Area

“It’s not only birds who struggle. We speak in metaphor of being “drawn like a moth to the flame,” and we see moths entranced and fluttering about our porch lights. But moths are not drawn to it, they are, like birds, confused by it, their navigational systems scrambled.” – Rooted by Author Lyanda Fern Lynn Haupt

A Moment in Nature Yellow crowned Night Heron

“Then the sugar people had to irrigate to plant their cane. They back pumped their irrigation water into the lake, along with all the pesticides, fertilizer, dead cats and old boots that the water had absorbed. As the waters around the lake receded, the rich peat used in raising the sugar cane was depleted from an original 30 feet deep to above five feet. It was gradually eaten up by direct exposure to the sun. There were so many peat fires every spring that you got a reek of peaty smoke from West Palm Beach south to Miami. The engineers drained to satisfy the sugar people, then drained some more to satisfy the cattle people, who wanted more dry land to support their dairy herds. The dairy herds produced manure, and the manure found its way into the rivers that flow into the lake. Very soon, Lake Okeechobee was polluted. You could fly over it and see how brown it was. A pernicious weed called the hydrilla began to show itself just below the surface. Hydrilla takes up all the oxygen, and kills the fish.” – Voice of a River by Author Marjorie Stoneman Douglas

“Once upon a time, there was a family of Celtic women with healing hands and giving hearts, who knew the value of the earth and used its abundance to heal, to soothe, to comfort” Midnight at the Blackbird Café: A Novel Heather Webber

A Moment in Nature Wood Stork

“The average species persists for something like ten million years. Because this cycle of emergence/extinction has been in place for more than three billion years, vastly more species have been lost to extinction than exist today. Very infrequently, a whole bunch of niches will close at the same time, triggering what is known as a mass extinction.”

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Author Hope Jahren

A Moment in Nature Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge

“Love can’t cure a broken heart, but it can hold the two sides together while they heal ”

The Book Charmer a Novel by Karen Hawkins

A Moment in Nature Red-winged Blackbird

“The Everglades were always a topic, but now they promised to become more than that. They promised to become a reason for things, a central force in my existence at the beginning of my 80th year. Perhaps it had taken me that long to figure out exactly what I was able to contribute, and for me to marshall my forces.” – Voice of the River: Marjory Stoneman Douglas