Anyone reading this site knows by now that I have a general catch and release policy when it comes to insects in my house. I just can’t seem to bring myself to kill them if I can help it. So, at this point you may be wondering why the heck would I eat them? In a nutshell, it’s because I can’t avoid it.
So I’ve been following the whole Thompson Exotic Animal Farm thing for the last few days and feel like it’s something I should post about. I’m pretty sure just about everyone has heard about it by now, but for those of you who haven’t, all of the details can be had by looking at any of the local news sites (or national for that matter). I don’t really see a point in rehashing the news ad I wasn’t there so… Now it’s time for my thoughts.
When I first heard about the shooting, my first reaction was anger towards the police. I mean, I’m sure there had to be another way! I kinda figured they just in guns blazing in some sort of fantasy safari-style hunt (yeah…I’m..ummm creative, that’s it!). Well, of course that wasn’t the case. Tranquilizers were used and deemed too unreliable and dangerous. I also realized that I wasn’t actually thinking of the general safety of the community. “To protect and serve” after all. I finally came to realize that the police were only doing their jobs, and actually some of the animals were saved and were transferred to the Columbus Zoo (my home town!). I was happy to hear that as I always was a giant Jack Hanna fan as a child.
I think that in the wake of an event like this, it’s very easy to start throwing blame around. It’s Terry Thompson’s fault! It’s the police’s fault! It’s the government’s fault for not having better regulations! In the end, fault doesn’t matter. It’s an event that happened… a truly truly tragic event, but to dwell on blame only works to darken your own mind. A man died. Innocent animals died. We need to just send out good thoughts to those involved and suffocate any growing animosity with knowledge of the event and deep reflection on the reality of it.
After reading all the news reports on this, I’m left with this one final thought. I better go hug my dog NOW!
This is kind of a different type of post for me, as I usually write about specific life forms or places like parks. Well, now that I think of it, a cemetery is sort of like a park… actually, St. Joseph New Cemetery is quieter than most of the city parks around here… that’s a win in my book.
When one thinks of a cemetery, the brain usually conjures up images of hearses, black clothes, and many shed tears. Yes, these things are present at times, but nature and all the life it provides and sustains is always there. It’s a peaceful place. I recently had to lay a family member to rest at this particular cemetery. As I silently said my goodbyes and reflected on the end of a life gone by, I noticed all of the life that was still going on all around me. The grass was its greenest, the birds were their loudest, and the sky was its bluest. Even with death, life is a wonderful thing.
With the nice weather fading away, my wife and I have been scrambling to get in outside time before the weather changes. As I’ve mentioned before, Cincinnati has a lot of really nice parks, and this past weekend we decided to hit up Eden Park. We have a lot of nice memories of Eden Park, since I went to the Art Academy of Cincinnati when they were still located in the old Art Museum Building. In down time between classes, I’d often wander around the area and she’d often come up and join me. It’s a nice trip down memory lane for us to go there.
One great thing about Cincinnati is that we have a lot of really great parks. One park my wife and I have been trying to explore a bit more before the white death of winter approaches is Mt. Airy Forest. We’ve been there a couple times in the last month. We’ve lived in Cincinnati pretty much our whole lives but haven’t visited this park as much as some of the others. Miami Whitewater was always one of my personal favorites.
I’m happy to say that I have this at a pretty functional state! If you don’t know, my previous blog was called CinciBugs. It’s still out there in Blogger land, but I will no longer be updating it. I found that limiting my focus to insects/spiders made me miss out on a lot of other things that I’d like to share. So, at this new site, you can expect to find all types of wild life I find around Cincinnati as well as more general posts that aren’t necessarily photo-based. I have imported those posts, so at the moment the site is extremely saturated with bugs and spiders. I better get busy to even it out!!
So, keep an eye on the category menu on the side, as I expect it to keep on growing as I find more and more things to share with all of you…
Not a pleasing sight first thing in the morning…
So, if you’re from the area, I’m sure that you’ve noticed that it’s been raining for a while. This tree that fell in my yard made me notice a bit more. Because of the over saturation and strong winds, this tree just couldn’t hold on any longer. I’m a little sad to see it go, because I found a lot of multi-legged friends on it. But, in the process of cleaning up this mess, I’ve found a plethora of friends in the wake of the ‘incident’. I call it an incident because it sounds cooler than “a tree fell down”.
Digging isn’t as fun as when I was a child… It’s still fun though!
Not only did the tree fall and destroy my fence (as seen above), but it also majorly damaged the integrity of the retaining wall as well. I’ve since started rebuilding the wall and have found a huge amount of life within (most of which I’ve covered on this blog previously). I found tons of sowbugs, sowbug killer spiders, wood roaches, an albino cricket, salamanders, centipedes, worms, ants, and slugs. That seems to cover the majority of what I found. I got a few pictures for fun and will post them below.
I just wanted to let any readers (do you exist?) know that this blog isn’t dead. I’ve got a bit of interesting things built up and I’ve just not had a moment to post them. Keep an eye open!