She sure got my attention…

first_img I am not laughing, nor am I crying either. Reply Reply October 22, 2017 at 9:42 am charles towne Hi Charles, loved the story and all the comments. Like Mama Mia, I had also heard it is good to make noise so you don’t sneak up on wildlife unawares, which is what we have always done. But, I guess going forward we will try your method of just sitting still and not jabbering like monkeys, so we can start seeing how the animals act when they think we are not around. If any bears sneak up on us, you can bet I’ll be saying my prayers! Thanks again. October 23, 2017 at 10:42 am charles towne October 22, 2017 at 2:43 pm Laugh like an idiot and the world will likely think you are an idiot… but at least they will think you are a happy idiot. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 October 25, 2017 at 9:17 am Reply Reply The Anatomy of Fear Dear N.H., Thanks for your comment. Aren’t we blessed when we so love and appreciate our animal friends? Blessings to you and yours, Chaz Mama Mia charles towne Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Reply 17 COMMENTS October 22, 2017 at 10:18 am October 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm Really? Retarded monkeys????? I don’t compare myself, in any way, to a retarded monkey, at all. It is you, who ventures down deep into the big swamp where “normal folks” don’t go, so you said…..LOL. My understanding about hiking in the bear areas is to make some noise, because the last thing you want to do is come around a bend, and surprise a bear. I don’t want to end up on the bear’s daily menu. Blessing to you too sir……. November 21, 2017 at 8:49 pm Please enter your name here October 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm Photo by Hans Veth on Unsplash Please enter your comment! InspirationBy Charles Towne                           As a wildlife photographer I have utilized all sorts of blinds.  “Anything that works” is my motto.In order to get the video footage I want there are those times that I have set up in the middle of a stream with a few interesting results such as having a red winged black bird build its nest in one corner of the blind, and being visited by great blue herons and alligators, to having a cottonmouth water moccasin swim through the blind and pause for a rest on my foot.  Disconcerting?  I would say so.The British refer to the blind as a, ‘hide’ and that is probably a better name, for after all it is your object to, ‘hide’, or ‘conceal’ yourself from your subject animal.Almost anything can be turned into a blind.  A clump of bushes to conceal yourself with a good field of view at the front is nice.Here in Florida one of my favorite blinds is constructed of palm fronds.  I cut the long stem from the palm frond and jam the resulting shortened stem with its palmate leaf into the ground, thus forming a nice wall from which to take my photos. The neat thing about this arrangement is that the entire blind is bio-degradable.I have used a tree stand but prefer to be on the ground for several reasons not the least of which is, if you decide to fall you don’t have near as far to go, and photos taken from a tree stand have, well, sort of an, ‘up there’ appearance that is not really all that natural..Some people of necessity use what are known as ‘hi hides’, blinds that are raised above the ground far enough to keep one from large creatures with sharp and pointy claws and teeth such as tigers, and the other members of the big cat family.But, as you are aware we don’t have tigers here and as I have already indicated, I prefer to shoot from the ground.Yes, draw me crazy with black and blue highlights, but if it is at all possible I am going to shoot from ground level, the lower being the better.  Photos of any animal are more impressive from that low angle.Not long ago I dug a pit blind near a well used bear trail.  A pit blind being exactly what the word indicates is nothing more than a hole in the ground large enough to hold yours truly and the necessities of the day.  And in case you are wondering said pit is roughly in the shape of a shallow grave.  (Wimps have even been known to sit on a cushion bought along for the purpose.)  Shooting from such a pit enables you to aim and shoot the camera from the lowest of all practical angles.On the day in question I had set my video camera on its tripod and settled myself comfortably on my wimp cushion and so began my vigil.That is one of the things wildlife photographers do quite well is wait.I usually bring a book along, something that will inspire me in some way, and I always carry a notepad and several pens for I find that sitting and waiting is also conducive to creative writing.I had been sitting there for perhaps half an hour when something caused me to look up, and there, coming toward me was a smallish bear, little more than a hundred and fifty to two hundred pounds, what we refer to as a, “long yearling.”Now there is an interesting phenomenon that occurs when a bear is walking toward you and it is this, the closer it gets the larger it appears!  This rule can be applied to any beasty that possesses large sharp and pointies!When the bear was about fifty feet from me it paused, laid down, and began eating acorns and I stopped holding my breath.About half an hour passed with the bear completely unaware of my presence as she lay on the ground gobbling acorns while I filmed her.Quite suddenly the missy bear lifted her head and stared down the trail.  It was obvious my visitor was nervous when she jumped to her feet and continued to stare in the direction of whatever she had heard or smelled.By this time my curiosity was definitely aroused and I was also staring down that trail trying to see what was coming.And then I saw it, another bear!  A big bear was coming down the trail.The small bear had stood her ground but when she saw that larger bear she decided that she should be someplace else, and she ran.The only problem was the large bear was walking toward the smaller bear and when the smaller bear ran she ran straight at me.  I ducked down and the bear ran right over the top of my hole and seeing as I was in my hole that meant that the bear ran right over me, knocking my camera over in the process.Now there are a couple of things one could do in similar circumstances.You could lie in the bottom of your grave-like hole and suck your thumb. Or (2)  You might thank the good Lord for taking care of old men, children and foolish wildlife photographers.I opted to thank the good Lord.There are times I would like to ask our Dear Lord God if there was ever a time during some of my escapades if he was ever tempted to laugh when he looked down and saw me in such a situation as that described above, AN OUTDOORSMAN’S PRAYERDear Lord, thank you for giving us the ability to laugh, especially at ourselves.   Please walk with me, and help me to always be able to see you as a loving God.  How often have you saved me from mayhem Lord?  Praise you, and thank you for protecting me at all times, especially when I travel. Thank you for protecting my family from any harm that might befall them.  You are always there, watching over us, and right now I ask for you to inspire me, keep me; protect me.  I love you Lord, and I praise you.  Holy, Holy, Holy, is your name in all the earth.  In our blessed Lord Jesus’ name I ask it, Amen Reply Mama Mia Reply More and more, as I listen to some folks expound their senseless gibberish, I am reminded of those times I responded with a knee jerk reaction. Looking back I now realize that I would have been so much better off, and probably would have had more friends, if I had just kept my big yap shut. Come to think on it, praise God, I guess an old dog can learn new tricks! Chaz October 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm Reply charles towne Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate October 25, 2017 at 6:50 am Were you in Rock Springs Reserve when this happened? Mama Mia October 26, 2017 at 7:03 pmcenter_img Reply October 23, 2017 at 3:09 pm Reply Reply Loved your photo and your story of the bear. Always enjoy your writings. charles towne You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Richard Sommerfeld Mama Mia Dear Floretta, Yes, isn’t that an adorable bear cub? Several years ago I had the opportunity to follow a cub for several months and observe him just being a little bear. What a joy. That little guy taught me so much. One time, as I followed him he made a big wandering circle and we ended up back where we had started. I had laid my notepad on the ground and do you know what that wee beastie did? He glanced at me, and wandered over and pooped on my notepad! I have that on film. It just shows t’ go ya that bears have a sense of humor too. God bless you, Chaz Mama Mia, yes, one of my favorite places, back in the big swamp where normal folks never go. Rarely do you see wildlife when hiking, too much noise. You have to sit, and like Papa God says, “be still…” The average person sees little because they can’t just be with nature, always jabbering like a bunch of retarded monkeys. I have an idea you were the wildlife that day! Sad when you think of it, all the beauty we miss in life because we keep jabbering. It in the silences that the magic happens, yes, that is right, it is always true, it is in the silences that the magic happens. God bless you, Chaz Floretta Tapley Laugh, and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone. Hi Chaz, Just had to drop a note concerning coments, Yes! If you are hiking, make some noise unless you want to observe nature’s denizens. If you are trying to photograph them, silence is the goal! Remember, the good Lord gave you one mouth but two ears! Also as someone who has been in both forests and jungles I can can tell you monkeys make one heck of a racket. They and birds are natures alarm system, so when critters hear a racket, they hide! Hard to get good photos of them then! TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleWhatever happened to acts of kindness?Next articleSay “Hi” to the bad guy … Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR charles towne Mama Mia, did you really take what I said personally? I was speaking, as I usually do in generalities, metaphorically if you will. I imagine all us silly little humans at times act like retarded monkeys. Not you and me of coarse, just the mere mortals among us. Did you by any chance notice that I referred to, “the average person” among us in my answer above? Wildlife photographers go through life cautiously and silently and thus witness things rarely seen. No offense intended. Chaz charles towne Perfect time of the year to reflect on wildlife encounters…everyday our neighborhood has sightings of bears scrambling around for acorns! As always…LOVE it! Thanks for sharing these moments with your readers. NH October 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm October 25, 2017 at 9:30 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Linda Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Reply October 23, 2017 at 3:19 pm October 31, 2017 at 7:07 am Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. October 30, 2017 at 5:26 pm Kristin Reply Reply wow! what an education! yes, it is good to just keep our mouths shut and observe so we learn something and especially so we can hear our loving God speak to us! Blessings to you and yours! charles towne Reply Excellent observation Richard, my point exactly! I always liked Teddy Roosevelt’s comment, “Walk softly…” Also, John Muir, the father of our national park system was another one that spent months at a time in the wilderness just being one with God and His creation. I love reasonable folks! It is folks such as yourself, and so many other intelligent people that are such a joy to walk in the wild places with that sustains me. You have a good day now ya hear, Chaz We have hiked all through Rock Springs Reserve. I think the trail was 8 miles. That was the longest 8 miles I have ever hiked. I think we actually got off the trail, at one point. It wasn’t marked very well. We got out there, and were going to join a trail group that hikes the area and other areas weekly. The trail group didn’t show up, as the weather looked like it was going to pour at any minute, and the skies were black. The group didn’t come, except one trail club lady, by herself, who did show up, and we were way on into the woods, when she saw us, and asked us could she join us hiking, so she would not be alone walking through the woods, and we said of course. It was swampy in some places, and at one point my shoes started eating my socks….LOL. I just could not keep my socks up. 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first_imgSummer 2019 delivered hot, dry weather with sporadic rainfall. With fall approaching, now is the time to adjust your turfgrass management program to promote a smooth transition into dormancy and green-up next spring.The height of the warm-season turfgrass growing season spans from May to October. Given average conditions — regular rainfall and moderate temperatures — Bermuda grass, zoysia grass, St. Augustine grass, centipede grass and other warm-season species respond quickly to cultural and maintenance practices such as mowing, fertilizing, aerating, topdressing and weed management. From mid- through late summer, rainfall across Georgia has been variable, with some areas receiving average rain and other areas experiencing drought. Moisture stress in turfgrasses can be recognized in the early stages by a dull, bluish-gray cast. Additionally, take note of footprints and tire tracks in the turf that do not rebound. For areas with a lack of rain, applying irrigation can help spur grass growth.Follow these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension for managing turfgrass as it transitions into dormancy:Raise the cutting height within the recommended mowing rangeDo not apply nitrogen-containing fertilizersModify herbicide programs during high temperatures and moisture stressWater deeply and infrequentlyMulch clippings versus bagging them, or “grasscycle”Use water-conserving and drought-tolerant turfgrassesRaise cutting heightTurfgrass stress can be reduced by using a sharp mower blade and raising the cutting height by a half inch or to the tallest allowable height of the recommended mowing range during drought. A clean cut reduces moisture loss through wounds and minimizes entry points for disease. Taller shoots promote deeper roots and a dense canopy can help to reduce ground surface temperatures and conserve moisture.  Grasscycling can also help to conserve moisture.Avoid nitrogen applicationsAs grasses move into dormancy they need to “harden off.” Nitrogen fertilization encourages new shoot growth, which directs plant sugars and other metabolites away from storage organs (e.g., rhizomes, stolons and crown). These storage organs and sugars provide energy for the grass to green-up the next spring. By allowing the plant to harden off and accumulate sugars in the storage structures, the grass is better able to survive winter stresses and recover next year.Modify herbicide programs Many herbicides act upon plant growth processes and can be less effective during periods of drought when weeds are not actively growing. In addition, certain herbicides may cause damage to drought-stressed turf or nontarget landscape plants due to volatilization and drift during high temperatures. Review pesticide labels for specific information regarding temperature requirements, watering requirements, and proper application.Water deeply and infrequently The optimum watering schedule can be roughly determined by observing the number of days that pass between signs of moisture stress. Apply sufficient water to saturate the root zone to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Clay soils and sloped areas may require staggered watering intervals to allow time for water infiltration between cycles and to prevent runoff. Irrigating in the early morning conserves water by reducing evaporation and drift. A good practice is to align watering schedules with drought-management rules so, in the event of a declared drought, the appropriate watering program is already in place. The 2010 Water Stewardship Act permits lawn watering between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.Use water-conserving and drought-tolerant turfgrass cultivarsThe UGA Turfgrass Breeding Program continues to make excellent strides in developing improved cultivars with low water use and high drought tolerance. For new installations, or where turfgrass replacement is needed, look for improved cultivars such as ‘TifTuf’ Bermuda grass. Visit for more information on selecting turfgrasses.last_img read more

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