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    rktect, miss SPED

    Conversation with nature - I like that

    because in a conversation both speak, both listen . . .

    do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

    by teacherken on Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 04:38:57 AM PDT

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    •  As I hike I stop and listen (3+ / 0-)
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      teacherken, emmasnacker, miss SPED

      then I repeat the calls I hear. I'm not very good at duplicating the richness of the warbeling, hooting, cawing, cacophany but I do get responses.

      In particular the wild turkey, woodpeckers, finches and owls are curious about the newcomer and come around to investigate and if you hold still and watch you can even pick up a few small rodents scurrying between their favorite snacks.

      A couple of nights ago a single wild turkey with a newborn second brood walked a draw in the orchard the chicks heads not quite coming up to the top of the recently mown grass.

      Likewise the croaking of the frog pond, the gurgle of the streams, the creaking of the tall trees in the wind. The conversation is not limited to sights and sounds but includes the texture of mud and rock, slippery moss and leaf littered fern bed, the bark of trees, the brush of leaves, the smell and taste of foraged berries and mushrooms, the heat of the sun and the coolness of the breeze.

      Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

      by rktect on Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 06:13:59 AM PDT

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