Monday, July 23, 2012
I recalled that in a similar setting on a creek just a half mile away, the Leopard Lilies had bloomed over a month ago and were now all wilted and bearing seed pods. There seemed to be a full month's difference in where these two clusters were in their annual cycles. Another question one might want to pursue to the end. I realize that I don't have the brain power or persistence to stick with all questions that come to mind for any length of time. If I had chosen to specialize, say, when I was studying reptiles in graduate school, I might have given up on birds, mammals, fish, flowers, lichens, mosses, rocks, weather, etc., except insofar as they bore directly on my study of a particular reptile. My zoology buddies from Tulane chose to specialize - one in herpetology, one in parasitology, another in medicine, and I remain an enthusiastic generalist. I realize that I enjoy pondering lots of questions, but only pursuing some via library research and/or further observation. I am grateful for the ease with which information others have gathered is so much more readily available to the general public than when I was in college. The main purpose of this blog is to share my enthusiasms in the hope that more people will care enough about our amazing planet to want to protect it.