Earth, my dearest, I will. Oh believe me, you no longer need your springtimes to win me over – one of them, ah, even one, is already too much for my blood. Unspeakably, I have belonged to you, from the first.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
The Earth doesn’t care about age or wrinkles. What’s a decade or two when you’re a billion years old and a few cracks when you’re scarred regularly by earthquakes?
And what does the Earth care about how often the floor is swept? It considers last autumn’s litter simply next year’s humus.
And so what does the Earth value? Could the persistence of grass be a clue?
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
~ Kahlil Gibran
New life amid the forest debris
Where man finds dissatisfaction, the Earth finds promise and the potential for renewal. Fallen trees and fallen leaves are all cherished for what they can offer now, not just the strength and beauty they possessed in days gone by.
Male woodpecker clinging to the underside of a fallen birch tree
Spring is in the air and it’s Earth Day. Get outdoors and let yourself fall in love.
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Posted in Mammals, The Best of Flandrum Hill, tagged bounty, canada, conservation, coyotes, earth day, nature, Nova Scotia, wilderness, wildlife on April 22, 2010 |
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The province of Nova Scotia’s NDP government is set to announce a bounty on coyotes today. It doesn’t seem like Natural Resources Minister John MacDonnell has been informed about the questionable effect of coyote bounties. Surprisingly, his own department’s website offers the following in its FAQ section on coyotes:
Why don’t we put a bounty on them, or cull them to reduce the population?
Bounties do not work. Bounties have been tried across North America without success. It is almost impossible to remove all animals or even to keep a population in check. A bounty instituted in Nova Scotia in 1982 was removed in 1986 when it was apparent that there was no impact on coyote populations.
Last year, members of the Trappers Association of Nova Scotia caught 1900 coyotes (approx. 25% of the total population) without a bounty. You’d think they were lurking behind every tree. Nevertheless, some people have complained of coyotes hanging around playgrounds in neighborhoods bordering woodlands. But could live traps not be used in such places?
Will traps set for coyotes in the woods mean that pet owners will have to worry about their dogs and cats possibly getting nabbed in them? Will hunters in the woods keen on acquiring as many bounties as possible prove a hazard to hikers?
Last fall, a woman was killed by coyotes while hiking in Cape Breton. More recently, a woman fended off a coyote that grabbed her by the leg while hiking in Lunenburg.
For more information, see
Coyote Problems in Nova Scotia
Coyotes and Hiking Sticks
Coyote Bounty Coming and N.S. Reveals Coyote Cull (The Chronicle-Herald)
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Posted in Cow Bay, tagged art, Canada - Nova Scotia, color, Cow Bay, earth day, feathers, fur, irish, irish chain, leaves, nature, nature photography, quilt patterns, quilts, Trees, wildlife on April 22, 2009 |
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To commemorate Earth Day 2009, I thought I’d design a couple of quilts using earth colors. Real earth colors. I created a palette using photographs I’ve taken in my yard over the past six months, made squares and then arranged the squares into a quilt pattern. I decided on a Double Irish Chain pattern, as the Irish were among the first Europeans to settle in Cow Bay.
The first quilt employs colors taken from feathers and fur: Bunny Brown, Blue Jay Blue, Jay Tail Feather Blue, Ring-neck Green, Pheasant Grey and Squirrel Red. I don’t think Martha Stewart could have come up with a more beautiful selection. Here is the finished virtual quilt:
Double Irish Chain Quilt with Feathers and Fur Palette
For my second quilt I made use of colors found in photos of trees and leaves: Inner Birch Bark, Spruce Green, Balsam Green, Ivy Red and Sapling Bark. The white is an authentic ‘Snow White.’
As a quilter, I’ve often wondered how strange it must seem to non-quilters that we cut fabric into small pieces, only to sew them back together again. As crazy as it may be, the process of creating a virtual quilt (without a program for doing such) is even nuttier. (This is what happens when you spend too much time with the squirrels).
Happy Earth Day!
Double Irish Chain Quilt with Snowy Trees and Leaves Palette
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