White Deer Twins on the Riverwalk

White Deer Twins on the Riverwalk
These rare white deer twins were born this summer and have found a safe home at Dan Daniel Park and on the Riverwalk
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My name is David Hoffman. I teach English and journalism at Averett University, but I have two side interests - writing and photography. I also enjoy walking daily with my English setter, Sadie, and my wife, Elizabeth, on the Danville, Virginia, Riverwalk. As a novice to studying nature, I am fascinated by the slightest facets of the great outdoors, but most of my pictures are of birds - I don't know a lot about them, but I am learning more and enjoying taking pictures of them daily. I also take pictures of plants, other animals, and insects. All pictures posted for each day were taken on the day of my blog entry.

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Monday, June 21, 2010


(JUNE 21, 2010) Obviously, from the picture above, the animals of nature can't read. Obviously, from a photo I posted on June 9 on the dam at Dan Daniel Park, some humans can't read, either. After seeing the beautiful blue heron fishing near the dam with the sign there for all to see, I started thinking about what signs would be put up by nature. If nature put up the signs, here are the ten we would see:

1. Don't throw sticks and stones at birds. Remember the old saying: "Sticka and stones may break my bones?" Well they will - and wings and heads and other tender parts of birds.

2. Don't get too near a nesting bird. It upsets the bird and you are likely going to get pecked if you get too close.

3. Don't get too near the baby ducks and geese. See #2 above.

4. Don't stomp on ant hills. There are a gazillion more of them than there are of humans, and one day . . . who knows?

5. Don't kill an insect so you can get someone to identify it. That's why God created cameras.

6. Don't get too near a water moccasin. It might bite you, and you might die. Also, don't get too near a skunk. It might do what it does and you will wish you were dead.

7. If you see an animal with a foaming mouth, stay away. It may be a rabid animal or an English setter named, Sadie, who has just put a frog in her mouth and then quickly spit it out. Frogs emit a toxin that makes dogs wish they hadn't messed with the frog. The toxin won't kill the dog, but for 10-15 minutes the dog may wish she were dead.

8. Make noises as you walk through the woods. That way animals will know you are coming and will take cover. It also makes the silence that comes after humans have left the woods more pleasant.

9. Don't leave trash behind. We wouldn't come into your living room (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen) and throw trash around. Well, actually, we might make a mess, but that's only because we want to get out and away from the man made world.

10. Don't put up signs in the woods unless they are very, very important (like the "No Swimming Near or Walking on Dam"). We can't read, and they mar the landscape.

ENJOY and then GET OUT!!!!

Signed: Nature

If nature controlled the outdoors, these would be the rules for humans. Of course, one may argue - Nature DOES control the outdoors. That's very true, but sometimes, humans just think they do and mess it up.

It was another good day at the Riverwalk.

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