These of us which have spent a lifetime within the open air have undoubtedly witnessed some sights that we didn’t perceive. By means of the years, I’ve discovered that there’s often rhyme and motive to all the things within the pure world.
I keep in mind as a teenager watching herons stand immobile for lengthy durations of time, staring intently into shallow water in a trancelike state. I used to be vastly puzzled as to WHY these birds stood as nonetheless as statues for prolonged durations. Later I discovered these slender, lengthy legged birds have been the masters of persistence. You would possibly say their very life relies upon upon them being extraordinarily affected person creatures. It’s of their nature to stay nonetheless for so long as obligatory for a small hapless minnow, frog or crayfish to swim throughout the ‘strike zone’ of their lengthy, spear like beak!
Did you ever surprise why freshwater drum makes these ‘drumming’ sounds when landed? I grew up being taught that the sound was produced by two free bones within the fishes’ head. I later discovered these bones used for steadiness and listening to are referred to as otoliths and people have related however a lot smaller bones of their ears. The ‘drumming’ sound made by drum has nothing to do with these ‘ear stones’ The sound is definitely produced by stomach muscle tissue squeezing in opposition to the fishes swim bladder. A lot for outdated myths!
I’m certain you’ve got heard that the feminine roadrunner lays her eggs in different birds’ nests and permits the ‘adopted’ mother and father to boost their younger? In fact, each the female and male roadrunner shares the responsibility of setting on the clutch of eggs. The male spends the nighttime hours on the eggs and the feminine takes over in the course of the day.
We’ve all been instructed all my life in regards to the ‘black panthers’ that roam the east Texas woods. I’ve heard a couple of older individual give vivid accounts of those black cats they sighted. It’s an accepted truth amongst wildlife biologists that there are not any ‘black wild cats’ native to Texas. However, to be utterly sincere, the accounts I’ve heard from a number of completely creditable people nonetheless trigger me to surprise it there would possibly simply be lengthy tailed jet black cats wandering the backwoods immediately. I’ve had a number of individuals, together with my lifelong good friend Molly Ford, look me sq. within the eye and make statements reminiscent of “Luke, the cat I noticed had a protracted tail and was jet black. It was NOT a bobcat and positively not a feral home cat, it was a minimum of three toes lengthy, much less the tail!” It is a ‘fantasy’ that I need to admit I consider in however can under no circumstances show to be reality.
When tagging alongside on quail hunts in the course of the fall as a child, I discovered that the dry berries of the brilliantly coloured sumac shrub had an exquisite lemony, bitter style. I liked to chew on these berries in the course of the hunt. My dad and a lot of the older hunters suggested me, “Boy, these berries come off the sumac bush, they’re extremely toxic! Spit them out!” I later discovered that the berries from sumac (Staghorn Sumac) have been utilized by Native Individuals to brew a really flavorful tea. I later used the dried berries to concoct the drink, which has a taste very like lemonade.
I grew up believing the Satan’s Driving Horse (Praying Mantis) was able to spitting toxic venom into one’s eye which just about all the time resulted in blindness. Granted, these bugs are extraordinarily scary wanting, particularly within the eyes of youngsters, however they positively don’t ‘spit’ and are utterly innocent to people (apart from their scary look).
And, is it actually true that fish feed in the course of the center of the day in the course of the full moon? The belief is that, due to the sunshine created by the complete moon, fish ‘keep up all night time feeding’, relaxation at dawn and grow to be hungry once more about eight hours later. Wanting again on about 50 years of fishing experiences, I can really say I’ve caught probably the most fish in the course of the first three hours of daylight, with or with out a full moon!
We’ve all heard accounts of untamed hogs attacking hunters. After a lifetime of pursuing these cautious and, tasty critters, I can really say I’ve solely been charged by boar on two events and each instances, canine have been concerned. As soon as whereas looking with a buddy whos canine bayed a boar in a dry creek mattress. I used to be on the excessive financial institution with my bow. The hog noticed me and immediately charged in my route. Because of the problem the hog encountered climbing the steep creek financial institution, I used to be capable of make a nicely positioned shot and cease the cost. One other time, I used to be photographing a rank outdated boar that was bayed by a number of hog canine. The enraged boar noticed me and broke via the ranks of canine, charging me. I jumped behind an enormous oak and the canine pushed the boar out of the pin oak flat and into some heavy brush. Getting between a sow and her piglets is asking for hassle however given an opportunity to run, most wild hogs, boars or sows, are extra afraid of people than we’re of them and far want to run than battle.
When you’ve spent a lot time within the open air, I’m certain you may add to this listing of myths. The pure world holds many wonders, some large and a few small. And I’m constructive people won’t ever totally perceive the workings of nature.
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