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 and like, Steve IrwinMartin 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.
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
Life of an egret
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
- Cattle Egret
- Chinese Egret
- Eastern Reef Egret
- Great Egret
- Intermediate Egret
- Little Egret
- Night Herons
- Reddish Egret
- Slaty Egret
- Snowy Egret
- Western Reef Egret
Black-crowned and Snowy
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.
Tribute To The Egret
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.
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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