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American Crow by AudubonCrows are common scavengers around Flandrum Hill.  The sound of their caws is in the background as I write.  Like other scavengers throughout the world, they are adept at making the most of opportunities that present themselves in their environment.

Crows are able to sustain themselves on what others might discard or overlook.  Besides intelligence, they are gifted with adaptability to their environment and possess a highly developed language for communication.  Like most scavengers, they are especially successful when working together in groups.

Though the crows will keep scavenging until it’s time to fly south, our Midsummer Scavenger Hunt has come to an end and now it’s time to celebrate.

The great thing about blogging is that it’s a culture of cooperation, not a culture of competition.

~ Leo Babauta, Zen Habits

Thank you so much to everyone who participated and also to those who kindly offered comments.  The photos were amazingly good and made the theme of the elements come alive in a way that I just could not have imagined.  Each submision seemed to be a marvel in itself and were collectively awesome.

During the spring hunt, Kathy at Opening the Door, Walking Outside managed to find something prize-worthy in each submission, which I had hoped to be able to continue (as long as the number of submitters wasn’t too great).  So, let’s celebrate…

The Best of Each Element:
EARTH: Jessica’s seashore at Jessica’s Nature Blog
FIRE: Dawn’s Australian flower at Sahlah Photos and Thoughts
METAL: Joan’s Canadian silver hair at Midsummer’s Scavenger Hunt Submissions
WATER: Kathy’s rain splattered fern at Opening the Door, Walking Outside
WOOD: JoAnn’s elder growing out of an old car at Scene Through My Eyes

5 elements

The Fastest Speed:
EARLIEST SUBMISSION: Jessica at The Magical Mundane

Thanks also to Jessica for bravely going first and explaining the elements in more detail for everyone’s benefit.

The Most Creative:
MOST CREATIVE APPROACH: Robin at Robin Eye Photography (Elementary Edibles – now THAT’S scavenging!)
MOST CREATIVE THEME: Gerry at Torch Lake Views (Recycling and the Cycles of the Elements)

Heartfelt Pride of Place:
STRONGEST SENSE OF PLACE: Pamela at Books in Northport (Don’t we all want to visit Leelanau, Michigan?)

If anyone would like to coordinate an autumn scavenger hunt, please feel free to let us all know in the comments section.  It can be simple or complex, with as much or as little organization as you’d like.  I, for one, would look forward to participating.

All prize winners will be receiving a Limited Edition print of a Spiral Shell.  Let me know of your preference of a pink or brown shell (as shown below) by email, along with your mailing address.

2 spirals

Image credit:  American Crow by John James Audubon

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sun risingEven when it’s raining and the days are cloudy, the sun is still blazing in the sky.  Its presence is vital to our survival and that of every other living thing on the planet.  It’s no surprise that so many cultures throughout the ages have worshipped this ball of flames. Though we shouldn’t look into the sun (see here for some good reasons why), we can look into the flames of a fire.

Like us, fire requires oxygen.  It can provide warmth and cook food or be a destructive force like no other.  Visually, it can be mesmerizing.  Back in the 1800s, Henry David Thoreau was already lamenting the growing absence of open flames in hearths due to the introduction of wood stoves.  He believed that you could always see a face in the flames, and that gazing into a fire at the end of a long day of hard work was both warming and relaxing.

What is fire?  It’s a mystery.  Scientists give us gobbledegook about friction and molecules, but they don’t really know.

~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

fire

Who would have thought that fiery reds and oranges could be found so easily in the summer landscape?  A Pileated Woodpecker, berries, seaweed, flowers and leaves are all examples of the fire element in nature at this time of year.  It’s no wonder that the fire element is often associated with the summer sun.

Images in the montage were taken from submissions to a Midsummer’s Scavenger Hunt.

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