I confess I do not know what this flower’s name is. Before its name becomes important you must appreciate what it is. I can’t help you smell it or touch its texture, but you can make the visual inquiry. What do you see? shape…symmetry, organization, numbers…
If I tell you its name (assuming I knew it), the tendency is to drop it and move on. Sometimes a name becomes a hindrance to examination. Once we know a name, we assume we know and cease our learning. Give it your own name based on what you observe. Expand your curiosity, The created world is a wonderful to behold, always expanding on closer examination.
This Snapping Turtle is making a mighty contribution to the food chain. Eggs will be served up for raccoon, skunk, squirrel, and a great host of willing natural diners. A nest will consist of a buried deposit of 25 or more eggs which will take up to 75 days to hatch, if they make it that far. After hatching they continue to contribute to the local food chain as a predators delight. Its no wonder the survivors are know for their fierce demeanor.
I’ve been posting a Friday Friend for quite a while now. Any creature in nature willing to cooperate qualifies as a candidate. Since this weeks WordPress Weekly Photo challenge is friends my almost weekly friends post fits right in. This week I’m posting a photo of a Blue Heron spotted on the Tuscarawas River north of Dover, Ohio. The river’s been high and muddy with all of our spring rains and this friend seemed to need a break from the extra work required to get a meal.