of over 200 American naturalists and scientists with brief biographies.
Ohio Rare Bird Alert
Edward S. Thomas
About the author . . .
"Searching for the U.S.S. LSM 245."
The Bird Watcher
An American novel
Satan and Jehovah Dukin' it Out?
I took the two unretouched pictures shown here the afternoon of the terrible Xenia tornado. Since severe storm systems that spawn tornadoes usually travel from SW to NE, these clouds were undoubtedly involved in that tragic storm. I just pointed the camera at the ugly swirling clouds and took two shots.
It was only in recent years while refiling a bunch of photographs that I discovered these startling likenesses of God and the Devil/ Satan is at the left and you can easily see the classic goat-like features and evil eyes.
God is at the right, and you can see his stolid perplexed face and worried eyes framed by a beard.
I couldn't help but think that maybe these two guys were up there duking it out. Mythical beings or religious icons, whatever. What do you think?
Welcome to Paradise is a manuscript I have been writing for how long? It's hard to say because some components were written years ago, while many other parts are more recent, a lot of them in the past year- sometimes in a hurry while the ideas were still fresh in my mind.
As I mention in the introduction that follows, it is my desire to acquaint you with a number of outstanding Ohio naturalists whom it was my good fortune to have known. Other essays deal with men and women I have encountered in my reading, figures who gained national (and international) renown. This collection does not in any way pretend to be a complete compendium of the state's many notable naturalists.
To sum up, this book is about American naturalists, with an extra nod to some of those who knew the Ohio country; it is also about the environment, and some of the birds and animals therein.
Go in peace and don't dally too long in front of your computer. Keep a watchful eye on the integrity of the environment but, most of all, enjoy in good health the wonderful birdlife of this great continent. I hope that someday you see a Five-striped Sparrow chasing a Kirtland's Warbler chasing a Bananaquit.
This manuscript is copyrighted (© Tom Thomson) and you may not republish any part of it without permission from the author.
New! Circles of circumstance
Why crows are becoming city dwellers
(See last entry of contents)
My friend and birding buddy Ernie Limes died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, about 6:30 pm. Ernie led a full life. He and his wife Bonnie had a lovely home and raised a fine family. A plumber by trade, Ernie balanced his passion for golf with birding, and most will agree, birding won out. He traveled all over the world searching for rare and elusive species and made friends wherever he went. As the old saying goes, he never met a stranger. Ernie was full of stories. funny jokes, and his own take on this earthly sojourn. He was truly "a piece of work." Ernie, we will miss your wry smile and the way you could spot a hawk a mile away. So long, good friend!
Red Fox, photo by Eddie Farmer
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