Friday, August 26, 2016

CLINCH RIVER RAPTOR CENTER and well worth a visit

A bright young lady is  editor at the Clinch River Raptor Center Facebook Page.  She is driven to write and does excellent creative and non-fiction work.She recently put up a blog for the raptor center. The center provides rescue and rehabilitation for  birds or prey, including hawks, owls, falcons and the occasional vulture.  Located in its own facilities within the surrounds of a middle school, students work as volunteers with the birds, learning associations with nature gained no way other than "being there"...experiences and memories to last a lifetime.  We introduce introduce you to the Clinch River Raptor Center Blog with a copy of a recent post:

Here is that post-
Everybody has seen at least one cartoon where a vulture circles above something dead or dying, eyes full of evil plans to eat away at whatever remains later. But did you know that seeing a vulture isn’t necessarily a sign that something is about to die?
The ragged wingspan of a vulture is easily picked out from other birds of prey with their very distinct primaries sticking out like dark fingers. Whether intentional or not, their circling seems menacing and unusual. What the vultures are up to would make a lot more sense if we could see air currents.
Long wings of a vulture as it circles above

When a vulture circles in the air, they are riding the air currents, their feathers spread out to glide without any effort. In this manner a vulture can stay airborne without flapping their wings like most common birds do. Many different types of birds can glide, but vultures are the only famous ones prone to riding the circular air drafts up high into the sky. This action does help in spotting prey, but doesn’t mean that a vulture has already spotted something.
So, when you see vultures circling above your head, don’t jump to conclusions! They may not be considering you as a meal, but simply riding the air drafts up higher into the clouds.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Nanny Goat and Two Kids, Appalachia Style

An easy drive east and we come to the Museum of Appalachia,  John Rice Irwin’s fields and woods filled with cabins, barns, work buildings and some livestock typical of old rural Appalachia.  The buildings include a log church house and one room school building carefully moved from original locations in the country and reassembled there for tourists and the rest of us to visit and get a tiny feel for life a few years ago in this part of Tennessee in and around the green Cumberland mountains.    Small pastures border the entrance road and it is in these fields we often find subjects for our photographs.  We noticed the quite small and very, very cute baby goats a couple of months ago when they were almost to short to reach their mother for milk. Today, the nanny and her two kids were in the field near the road.  They are small animals, full of energy and typical goat rambunctiousness.  We got these photos then went into the front building for a simple Sunday lunch. 
Small white nanny goat with two kids

Old Appalachian barn in platinum tone image

See a neat draft horse from the field toward this old barn at our commercial photography blog site, first page on the blog.  The Museum of Appalachia is a fine visit if you are in the area or passing through on I75.