| Stephenville Empire-Tribune
These of us which have spent a lifetime within the outside have undoubtedly witnessed some sights that we didn’t perceive. Via the years, I’ve discovered that there’s normally rhyme and cause to every thing within the pure world.
I bear in mind as a teenager watching herons stand immobile for lengthy intervals of time, staring intently into shallow water in a trancelike state. I used to be enormously puzzled as to WHY these birds stood as nonetheless as statues for prolonged intervals. Later, I discovered these slender, long-legged birds have been the masters of persistence. You may say their very life is dependent upon them being extraordinarily affected person creatures. It’s of their nature to stay nonetheless for so long as needed for a small hapless minnow, frog or crayfish to swim inside 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 are used for steadiness and listening to are referred to as otoliths and people have comparable 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 muscular tissues squeezing towards the fishes swim bladder. A lot for outdated myths!
I’m positive you could have heard that the feminine roadrunner lays her eggs in different birds’ nests and permits the “adopted” dad and mom to boost their younger? In fact, each the female and male roadrunner share the responsibility of setting on the clutch of eggs. The male spends the nighttime hours on the eggs and the feminine takes over through the day.
We’ve all been informed all my life concerning 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 reality amongst wildlife biologists that there aren’t any black wild cats native to Texas. However, to be utterly trustworthy, the accounts I’ve heard from a number of completely credible people nonetheless trigger me to surprise if there may simply be long-tailed jet black cats wandering the backwoods at present.
I’ve had a number of individuals, together with my lifelong pal Molly Ford, look me sq. within the eye and make statements equivalent to “Luke, the cat I noticed had an extended tail and was jet black. It was NOT a bobcat and undoubtedly not a feral home cat, it was at the very least three ft lengthy, much less the tail!” This can be a “delusion” that I need to admit I consider in however can under no circumstances show to be fact.
When tagging alongside on quail hunts through the fall as a child, I discovered that the dry berries of the brilliantly coloured sumac shrub had a beautiful lemony, bitter style. I cherished to chew on these berries through 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 Using Horse (Praying Mantis) was able to spitting toxic venom into one’s eye, which nearly all the time resulted in blindness. Granted, these bugs are extraordinarily scary wanting, particularly within the eyes of kids, however they undoubtedly don’t “spit” and are utterly innocent to people (apart from their scary look).
And, is it actually true that fish feed through the center of the day through 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. Trying again on about 50 years of fishing experiences, I can actually say I’ve caught probably the most fish through the first three hours of daylight, with or with no full moon!
We’ve all heard accounts of untamed hogs attacking hunters. After a lifetime of pursuing these cautious and, tasty critters, I can actually say I’ve solely been charged by boar on two events and each occasions, canines have been concerned.
As soon as whereas looking with a buddy whose canines 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 path. Because of the problem the hog encountered climbing the steep creek financial institution, I used to be in a position to make a properly 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 canines. The enraged boar noticed me and broke via the ranks of canines, charging me. I jumped behind an enormous oak and the canines 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 choose to run than battle.
When you’ve spent a lot time within the outside, I’m positive you possibly can add to this listing of myths. The pure world holds many wonders, some huge and a few small. And I’m constructive people won’t ever completely perceive the workings of nature.
Contact outside author Luke Clayton by way of his web site www.catfishradio.org