Wednesday, October 7, 2020

A Naturalist's Year - 3rd Quarter

The days were getting shorter and the days were getting hotter as the third quarter of the year began. By the time the third quarter ended the days had become noticeably shorter and, thankfully, cooler. At the beginning of this quarter the incidence of COVID-19 had diminished to a low level in Canada and many countries in Europe due to the steps they had taken to limit its spread; however, across much of this country the disease has been increasing dramatically and setting records. So H and I have continued to socially isolate, gone to stores only when absolutely necessary and stayed away from other people – but we haven’t stayed away from the natural world: its beauties and marvels and creatures.

Day by day photos from the year’s third quarter begin here –








This natural world we enjoy is a dynamic system yet it operates in a reasonably ordered manner, and we live in what we hope is an organized society. Just as in the natural world where species are interdependent, we humans are interdependent; we depend on others for things we cannot do ourselves, and they depend on us in the same way.

Unfortunately, wishful thinking has trumped science and common sense for those who think they should be free to do whatever they want, no matter how foolish. But freedom can go only as far as it impacts the freedom, or lives, of others. It’s many people’s attitude of  “I've got a right to ...” that has led them to act irresponsibly and help lead our country into the crisis, now turned into a catastrophe, in which the nation finds itself as the year’s third quarter ends.

COVID-19 has revealed the gap between what the United States has promised to its citizens and what it has delivered. Without wise leadership this land of ours has yielded to COVID-19. Wear a Mask!


Robert Folzenlogen said...

Thanks for the pleasant diversion. I heartily agree with your concluding statements.

eileeninmd said...


Beautiful nature and wildlife photography. I agree with your statements too, we need wise leadership. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care and Enjoy your day! Happy weekend!

Jenn Jilks said...

It's a mess, isn't it?
I'm happy to be out in nature, too.
Lovely photos.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my! You are an amazing photographer and we've been treated to quite an array of your nature photos. Love the green frog...with the mustache! lol And there are so many different bugs! The Warbler was a gorgeous photo too! SO many! Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your weekend!

Elkes Lebensglück said...

What a wonderful natural world with you, I was very happy to see so much. I am also outdoors a lot.
I nod to your contribution to this, even when I'm in Germany, it's so confused, even with us it means wearing masks!
Have a god weekend, Elke

Anu said...

Gorgeous photos. Thank you.

Rain said...

Wow...great photos. The photo of the eagle is really breathtaking Woody. I love that box turtle and the falls too. Again, wow.

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

What an splendid catalog of nature's amazing and beautiful plants and creatures, and all so beautifully photographed! And thanks, too, for your concluding statement. So much sadness would have been prevented if similar words of admonition had come from our nation's leaders.