Driving and Biking in the Big City

Weekend in bloom

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Everywhere I traveled this weekend — on two and four wheels — was filled with the sounds and sights of nature in bloom. Seems I’ve grown to appreciate more and more the lives of growing things of all types whether it’s animal, mineral or vegetable. I have this wondrous, lush life that brings me from one of the greenest, tropical suburbs in the world to a huge city of concrete and wonder mostly wrought by the hands of creative, energetic people.

I tell folks that I was raised in a newsroom, and that experience gave me the single most important skill I will have for life — the sense of observation. My superpower is my nose for news. My ability to spot something out of the ordinary. Which one is different from the other one? What is happening today that didn’t happen yesterday? What is that noise? Is that new? Is it consistent? Who is that person? What are they doing? Are they famous? Should they be famous?

I also love it all. I find it all shockingly interesting and entertaining. Front page. The hummingbirds are back for the season. This unique new petunia is colored like a bumble bee.  This beautiful iridescent blue bird is a purple martin.  This poor bullfrog croaked all night and then started back up in the morning. This stealthy red-shouldered hawk snatched a squirrel from the roof and flew him screaming across the gully. This steely blue falcon exploded the unlucky pigeon in the middle of the medical center.  This basement alley cat with its shiny coat stalks a grackle and drags it underground for dinner.

Nature is the original reality TV.


Written by commuterchroniclesdbh

March 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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  1. Love the photos. They make me miss Texas! We had those very same petunias last year, before the deer relieved us of them, and the same hummingbirds. Thanks for sharing your reality TV. 🙂


    March 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm

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