We found a visitor (or maybe it's his/her home) today. We think it's a corn snake. Any confirmation? Did you know that it's illegal to kill non-venomous snakes in Georgia? They are a beneficial part of our ecosystem!
Sunday views. I grew up in the Midwest and palm trees always symbolized warmth, sunshine and hope to me. I’ve lived in “warmth and sunshine” for over half my life now, yet every single day, when I see palms (now in my own backyard!) I still get a spark inside, a flash of “I’m on vacation!” the hope floods back, then I remind myself, “no, you LIVE here!” And, I still can’t believe it. #alwaysthankful#dailygratitude 🌴🌴
The first time I hiked into the dripping, misty cloud forests of Hawaii was a profound experience. The botanical kinship with my own Pacific homeland was unmistakable and I felt a strange and completely unexpected sense of belonging 💕🌿 The dominant forest tree in the wet forests of Hawaii is ʻōhiʻa lehua, Metrosideros polymorpha, who shares a genus with our familiar and much-loved NZ trees pōhutukawa and rātā (indeed, the gnarled trunks reminded me especially of the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands, well south of mainland New Zealand, which are shrouded in Southern rātā). It was a privilege to spend time working with rare birds in the beautiful, rugged interiors of both Kaua'i and the Big Island, and I hope one day I will have the opportunity to return 🐤