Here in Nova Scotia, shellfish such as lobsters and crabs are our most famous scavengers, bottom feeders that keep the ocean clean of decaying matter. Scavenging may be a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Some scavengers, such as cockroaches and vultures, are considered quite unattractive, making the job they do seem even more lowly. Others, such as lovely molluscs, seem to make the act of scavenging less repulsive. However, regardless of how they appear to the rest of us, all scavengers are skilled at making the most of whatever they can find.
A scavenger hunt is a game where the goal is to complete tasks or find items on a list. The Mid-Summer Scavenger Hunt outlined earlier this season involves taking photos showing each of 5 elements in nature: water, earth, fire, wood and metal. You take your list and your camera, go outside and do your best to find one of each. Scavenger hunting is fun and all are invited to give it a try. The last day to submit your entry is this coming Monday, July 20th.
Although going out into nature with your eyes wide open is its own reward, there will be prizes for participants. If you haven’t submit your entry yet, remember to…
- Be creative.
- Think outside the box.
- Be a lateral thinker.
- Engage both sides of your brain.
Prizes will take the form of color reproductions of drawings featured either on Flandrum Hill or my art blog, Drawing Conclusions. Last season, all in good fun, Gerry of Torch Lake Views offered a virtual Goldsworthy award. Who knows what interesting things will happen this time round!
As of this morning, two creative scavengers in Michigan have already participated and posted their results: