Every Raindrop Ends Up in the Ocean

by Chip Curry
Rainbow Ocean

After the Storm – James Smith – Pure Ocean TV.com

Every raindrop eventually ends up in the ocean. To the Native Americans, this was a well-known truth. They had an instinctive and traditional awareness of the cyclical nature of the earth’s various systems. They had a righteous respect for the divine order that they were an integral part of. Since the Europeans arrived with their “Greco-Roman Ideal” of conquering nature, the inhabitants of North America have grown dull to this ancient knowledge. As a culture we no longer have the sensitivity that the original inhabitants nurtured for the Earth. It was their honorable intent to “leave a soft foot print” on what they perceived as a spiritual journey through their life on this maternal planet.

It is the hope of Pure Ocean TV to participate in a revival of these time-honored values that hold nature dear. If we had our way, we would put on the brakes to stop destructive development practices in their tracks. As it is, the economy has helped us a bit with that. However, people need jobs and the powers that be are desperate to provide them. We seem to have a short window of opportunity to build up defensive positions to protect the natural heritage of Florida before the onslaught of rampant over-development gains momentum again.

I really don’t like  politics. But, what can I do? The governor axed Florida’s natural lands acquisition program that took over 40 years of  bi-partisan effort to build claiming it was a “special interest” thing that wastes money better used to create jobs. As a result, we have a grassroots movement of the citizenry to oppose that train of thought and action to conserve and preserve as much as possible of the unique and diverse natural areas of the state. I am including links to Florida Water & Land Legacy and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Forever program for those who want to learn more and get involved.

Mangrove Bloom – WD Curry 111

There is another aspect of good stewardship of the true natural resources that we are entrusted with . . . restoration. Nature is resilient, and we can help it along. I don’t care where you are on this globe, some of the natural habitat in your region has been decimated for the sake of “development”. Please, follow the example of the crew at Pure Ocean TV.com and do a little something to serve the future. Mangroves are a big part of the ecosystem here in central Florida and most of the coasts in this temperate zone. More mangroves mean more sea life, more shoreline, more beauty and abundance. They grow slowly, so today is a good time to start planting.

So, today Pure Ocean TV  will sow mangroves for tomorrow!

This may not seem like a big deal, but it is. The addition of the indigenous plant will turn the barren man-made shoreline into an aesthetic natural habitat for wildlife. I know of a place where mangroves started growing on their own 30 years ago. Today the once muddy bank is now covered with sand and loam. Instead of sinking knee deep in foul mud built up from years of agricultural run-off, you can easily wade on the firm bank of sand that extends out in front of the roots for a yard or two before it drops off  into deeper water. There are fish, crustaceans and birds everywhere.

If  property owners are concerned about protecting their valuable water front footage, they should plant mangroves. In a few years they will have more of it as the mangroves grow into a natural barrier that is extremely efficient at breaking up wave action and collecting suspended solids. Please don’t complain that they will spoil the view. They are a welcome addition to it as will be the wildlife that they attract. Besides, you don’t have to let them block access to the sandy beach they will form. You can trim them back as long as you follow the proper guidelines.

Let’s be careful how we go about building our towns. Remember, no matter where you are, every drop of rain ends up in the ocean. Keep it pure.

Desert Storm

Lightning, Superstition Mountains

Photograph by Robert Quinn

A thunderstorm strikes over the foothills of the Superstition Mountains in central Arizona.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2008 International Photo Contest. Solve puzzles, and download wallpaper.

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 Links of Interest

 

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Florida’s Water and Land Legacy

 

Florida EPA

Florida Forever 

Facts About Mangroves

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