I left my corporate job on 7/21/17 in order to help showcase Nature for Mother Nature fans online. I did not arrive easily at this decision since my corporate job paid extremely well and included amazing benefits. Alas, the one benefit I was not easily allowed was the time to immediately pursue any and all wild events happening any and all moments of every day throughout the world. I know it would have helped me greatly to see more Nature during the work week, so that is what I’ve set out to bring to you. Stay tuned!
Happy Friday, Everyone!
Today is May 28, 2021 and I wanted to shift gears a bit. My Jeep had a hiccup recently when it came to shifting gears so I left my work vehicle at the best place I know to get it back in top shape and I was told that the work would be completed by Monday morning. In addition to that, we were all up through 4am in this household with an ailing pup. The vet said he checked out and all will be well after some pain meds and rest. Isn't that the case for all of the troubles we experience throughout life as humans? On with the show!
They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I started with the image of these tomato plants which have officially exceeded my own height as of this week! I planted the plants you see in this image just three days after the snow here in San Antonio. As the ground thawed, I posted a video clip showing why I dug these plants into the ground so suddenly. The thawing snow made the ground easy to dig and the rocks, big or small, were easier to move in that condition. Please have a look at the YouTube video if you get a chance, I would appreciate it greatly!
All in all, life has been excellent here with the one exception that my father has been very unpredictable when it comes to the thoughts that come to his mind and the actions that he carries out based on those thoughts. Family and friends and even the police department themselves have had trouble coming to my assistance because as we all know, the person in trouble needs to want to change things to begin with for anything to work out in the favor of all of those involved. On that note, although I am exceedingly happy with life I am concerned with my family.
I haven't posted here in a while and yet I intend to revert my posts to all fall within this channel g(r)o(w)ing forward as our social platforms continue to erode into bickering and posturing platforms. Please stay tuned as I tie some subject material together via a variety of amazing imagery, music and stories that are sure to bring emotion to you, the reader. Also be aware that sharing these tales helps us heal and grow together.
It is Friday as I'm typing this, so have a fantastic weekend, and I realize you will read this on perhaps any day other than today, so have a fantastic day or evening, wherever you happen to be consuming this nourishing content from! Please help me out if you enjoy that YouTube video by subscribing to the content there and please help bring positive energy to whatever you happen to have the opportunity to nurture today. Peace to you and yours, health is wealth! Remember that what we consume is not only in the format of foods and drinks!
Rey : )
Today is Day Four of my water only fast. I will end my fast on this note:
We grew a garden
We will eat from it for now
Today is Day Two
I go without food again
And still I give thanks
For all who are into wildlife, perhaps one of the more exciting things to have an encounter with in the Big Bend region (or any region perhaps) is a wildcat.
In this particular clip I happen to have placed a motion activated camera somewhere very near the Chisos Mountains Lodge area after discussing the nature of my goals with some of the Park Rangers. Not more than two hours after having placed the camera a large cat "appeared" in frame and then moved towards the tree cover I'd anticipated a large cat might want to head for after scoping out the open "ambush" area. Also behind the camera unseen aside from the tree cover is a small boulder field with several crevices and high points where a large cat or any variety of animals can take shelter and watch unassuming passersby. If ever I were to disclose the true location in which this motion activated camera were placed, it might give pause to many of us when we think about ambling about in the wilds of Big Bend for it would make it clear that even though we are not seeing these beautiful beasts in most cases, they are most certainly seeing us. This time around I am sharing this clip from the archives so that we can turn the tables and see the big cat for once.
Have a great day and thanks for checking out this clip! Feel free to share this on social media, I used to enjoy sharing nature clips on social media since it would get a smile from many of my counterparts. That and without being able to take people out to West Texas on the occasional guided trip my income has been significantly impacted. I'm in San Antonio if that helps influence your "support local" direction, and again... All I'm asking is for a share on your own social media stream if you get the chance. Mostly to help others "wow" and take pause to see something even more wild than the current state of affairs in the nation. Also for those in San Antonio, the local zoo has a drive through option during these corona distancing times! Not that it is great to have a lot of wildlife in cages but for those already in cages the S.A. Zoo persists off of the income they make from visitation. Without money to fund operations, it is likely that the animals are the ones being shorted. Without nature there is no nurture.
I'm getting closer and closer to being able to post photos and videos on a more real-time basis. For now I am a one man show running and gunning and then trying to edit and post pics on the fly despite a pretty full schedule. It is fun and rewarding work though and it is so much more relevant to me to witness and relay the beauty I am seeing because it seems that all around our wild pockets are under attack... By ourselves. For just today, perhaps consider skipping the fast food lines. At the very minimum don't take or use the plastic one time use straws they give you at the restaurant. You know, some restaurants up north already refrain from placing these convenience items down because they are aware of the problems caused by all these plastic straws which are essentially wasting resources coming and going.
If you haven't been aware of this before, consider how much water it takes to "recycle" plastic. Consider how many chemicals and how much effort is needed to gather and partly recycle these wasteful items. Also consider how inconvenient it will be when we begin to run out of water to use for ourselves. Don't worry, it is already happening! Look at our major cities and look to the fires that happened last year. Instead of worrying, DO SOMETHING about it! Choose to become a part of a push that is in favor of Mother Nature. Nature has been "Framed" for too long as being the culprit behind our woes. For once let's consider looking at ourselves so that change IS possible, even if it is only for our own self and the families we head.
I know this was heavy, but it is not without solution. There are so many other ways to reduce our wastefulness, but one way for sure is to begin to reacquaint ourselves with nature. Nature is the only truly affordable health care available to us right now, both out in the wild and in our own grocery stores in the form of fruits and vegetables raised sustainably and ethically. Please consider shopping based on quality, not quantity. Also consider sharing these messages and photos if you believe in this cause. We cannot make headway without major involvement from the communities we are a part of. Religion and politics will not further this cause, but I will. Even if it is just me alone doing this as loudly and for as long as I am given the opportunity.
Boot CanyonIn this shot the boot formation seen on the lower right hand side of the frame is illuminated in the foreground while the backdrop for this iconic feature is hidden in the shadows. If you don't see it, don't worry! Imagine a boot upside down (heel facing up) where the toe is pointing slightly away and off to the right and the heel is on the top left of the formation you are looking at... See it now? Enjoy! #us385