Nature Vs. Concrete

"I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction."

I agree with the quote above by Steve Irwin and like, Martin Luther King, Jr. I also had a dream. I wanted to feel an egret. I admired it's wings and it's freedom! I always saw it far from civilization...a slight sound of a human would have made its wings open and land on top of a cow most of the time. It was a great feeling for my sight to see such a fragile thing following a tough one. They were so together that I asked and asked people how could I touch one...with no answers but laughs.

I had an idea to follow my dream...get my body covered with a cow's excrement. I planned it so much that I even day dreamed crawling under a barbed wire fence. Yes!!! to get close to an egret.

I tried to get close to them when I saw that they also made their presence when a bulldozer was moving soil. But they just flew away.

Egrets' ways

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Whatever happened to the Egret

Egret, is a common name for some species of herons. I read that they were protected by law since they were hunted for their beautiful white silky plumage called aigrettes.

I really don't know whatever happened to the egret...if these fancy designers found another poor animal to be used for their ornaments. The thing is after almost 30 years...my dream came true. With no need of excrement or getting harmed by barbed wire.

Concrete brought egrets to get near civilization...if they could sue concrete...or write laws; they would fly once again as free as they used to. Today the egret is not being exterminated by hunters...but by concrete. Today, I don't have to run being chased by a bull or bitten by a cow; just to be near an egret.

Aigrette hair adornment

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Life of an egret

Egrets

Egret species
Egrets' Characteristics
Egrets' Diet
Egrets' Home
Egretta and Andrea genus
Typically white or gray, many have distictive plumage
Fish, frogs, insects, and other aquatic life
Wetlands around the world. Nest on trees or shrubs

Egrets' names

  1. Black-crowned
  2. Cattle Egret
  3. Chinese Egret
  4. Eastern Reef Egret
  5. Great Egret
  6. Intermediate Egret
  7. Little Egret
  8. Night Herons
  9. Reddish Egret
  10. Slaty Egret
  11. Snowy Egret
  12. Western Reef Egret

Black-crowned and Snowy

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 Snowy Egret
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After Thirty Years

Once in a while...almost becoming a habit now...after work, we go through a drive-thru and get a hot cup of express coffee and a delicious, full of calories chocolate donut filled with strawberry. Great after a stressful day! We get a shaded area and inside the car we share pleasant moments. Moments with my dream which came true...yeah a frog that became a prince and surrounded by egrets.

Yes my dream came true...but why...how...when?

Give nature it's place!

Because men are invading with concrete animal habitats and destroying every piece of earth settling constructions. I am not against progress...I am against unnecessary habitat destruction.

Give nature it's place! Constructors should measure and use common sense. The greedy desire of having more money...just makes engineers sign projects which many of them even are left abandoned after damaging natural houses of the animal kingdoms.

Here I will share a picture of my dream that became a sad ending. Life is not always pink...it is not getting what you want...it will also count how you get it.

Today these wonderful birds, like other birds, die choked with plastic, gum...garbage which is not their natural food. Please be conscious of habitat and try to make an effort in looking after ways to protect nature.

Egrets

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Tribute To The Egret

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Thomas Rohe

I have a very special talented artist friend from SU, Thomas Rohe, who uses this picture of a carved egret. He carved it and I asked his permission to post it here.

He is an artist who enjoys carving, sculpting, painting in all media, working with ceramics, figurative and portrait drawing, and wood working and modeling. You may find him at: Simply Tommy.

I hope and dream that we start considering nature seriously and be a help in behalf of the environment.

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

White Snowy Egret

© 2011 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

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Betty Ruiz 5 years ago from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Well??? Did you finally get to TOUCH an egret???!!! I mean, REALLY touch it, up close and personal... not that metaphoric stuff, but really feel its white plumage with your fingers... holding it down with your bare hands while it struggled to fly away. Did you? DID YOU FULFILL YOUR DREAM?

Next time... stand by a lake, a landfill or grazing grounds for cows... early in the morning or at dusk... take a handful of earthworms and extend your arm with the feast fist barely opened... don't move... be very patient... just wait for it... wait for it... wait... and your dream will come true.


Filkman 5 years ago

Depending on the amount of worms you can hold, you may want to count your fingers after saying grace...

Seriously, thanks for the heads-up Mag; I never considered the gum aspect!


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Lastheart 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

I did touch one. A friend took one from the street when a car hit it. She couldn't stay with it and I brought it home. I was so happy to have it and take care of it.But I found it dead in the morning. Perhaps it sounds funny...but this is really serious and sad. We need to protect nature.

Yes, Filkman, gums are very bad for them...that is why we need to throw garbage where it belongs.


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Betty Ruiz 5 years ago from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Oh... so sorry for the egret... I didn't know... you didn't mention that fact in your story. I didn't find it funny. I know the seriousness involved. Poor displaced egrets! They were so many back then... Just imagining an egret choking on a piece of chewing gum someone threw away without properly disposing it (wrapping the gum in paper and throwing it away in a garbage can... not on the street or ground), or dying from hunger because the chewing gum stuck to its beak preventing it from opening to eat and swallow... just makes me sick!

An egret came by my house every morning to feast on small lizards and insects. I would admire its grace and pure white plumage... it would move ever so swiftly... and with its keen eyesight, search for morsels to satisfy its appetite. One day, it never came back. Perhaps, a vehicle hit it, like the injured egret you took home... and died, like yours. Unfortunately, egrets are not the only endangered species in the island. By the looks of what's been happening with crime and so much violence, pretty soon Boriquensis homosapiens will disappear too... and just like egrets and other endangered species, only MAN will be held responsible for its own extinction.


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Brooke Lorren 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

Quite a beautiful bird. Sorry your dream came true in an unhappy way.


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Froggy213 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

They are beautiful birds and it is sad how their habitat has been slaughtered. Taking pictures while drinking coffee makes me feel so close to you. Thanks honey.

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