According to the Bible, animals point to God as creator, as love, as designer and artist.  They are a gift to man.  To be around wildlife lowers blood pressure (unless you are being chased by an angry lion), and causes us to feel more relaxed.

I remember the day Lucinda wrote this first poem.  I had read that baby zebras are called DAZZLES which made me chuckle.  When I think of something that dazzles, my mind goes more toward a disco ball from the 1970’s than to a baby zebra!  Well, it turns out I wrote a poem that talked about dazzles and she did too.  For some reason, I can’t find mine – LOL.  But here’s Lucinda’s poem, Dazzles, and Ducklings.

TURTLE JOE'S STORYYELLOW WARBLERCRITTERS GREAT & SMALLGOD'S NATUREFEATHERS ON A BIRDI love animals…  domestic and wild.  Once in a while, a photo of wildlife inspires me to write a poem or some other piece.  God has created such a diverse group of animals for us to enjoy and care for.  How could we not take a moment today to celebrate the magnificent world we live in?

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I grew up watching Mutual of Omaha’s WILD KINGDOM.  Ah…  I see hands raising all over – you did too!  Wasn’t that a great show?

I never missed an episode!  Animals fascinate me.  The Creator obviously has a wonderful sense of humor and admires diversity in His creation.  We humans should take a cue from Him and start appreciating and admiring the differences in other human beings.  I heard a few AMENS I think.

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.  – Martin Buber

If you have a wildlife reserve or zoo in your area, maybe today would be a good time to visit, while the weather is a little cooler in most places, yet not too cold yet.  Of course, here in Wichita, we have the Sedgwick County Zoo.  It’s tempting to schedule a visit today – it does sound like fun.

Wildlife doesn’t always mean animals that live in the jungle.  Our turtle JOE lives in our lake, but he’s wild.  I wouldn’t dream of trying to trap him and take him in the house.  Our warbler flew in one morning when I was sitting out on the deck trying to concentrate.  What a noisy bird, but God had a message to convey, and if I had not heard the bird, I may not have taken the photo and the poem would not have been written.

Whether you get to go to a wildlife refuge, zoo or a park close to your house, observe God’s creation – think about how different every animal looks.  How some are big and slow while others are tiny and quick!  There is an endless supply of entertainment when you sit and watch animals…  or sometimes even people.  God takes such good care of us and I guess He wants to make sure we are not bored.  🙂





When a man says to me, “I have the intensest love of nature,” at once I know that he has none.   – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1857

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God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.  – Jacques Deval, Afin de vivre bel et bien

What if people respected wildlife?  There has to be a way for man and wildlife to coexist in harmony.

There is a very real danger of extinction for some of the world’s most charismatic species and other lesser-known but ecologically crucial plants and animals.  The cause is habitat loss but also an increase in illicit trafficking.

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Wildlife crime leaves a horrible environmental, economic and social scar.  Implications of illicit trafficking for peace and security in a number of countries where organized crime, insurgency and terrorism abound are of particular concern.

Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.   – Rue McClanahan

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What is the answer?  All sectors of society need to commit to trading and using wild plants and animals sustainably and equitably.

We don’t exactly have wildlife in our neck of the woods, but we sure do have some pretty nature around Branson, Missouri.  John Coyote took some video and I want to share it with you.

That makes me want to go on a hike – how about you?  Or maybe we should walk along the sea-shore.  Maybe we will catch a glimpse of a seal.  Be ready with the camera…

When we think of wildlife, our minds automatically think of Africa, but we observe the wildlife all around the world today.

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Here in America we have wild horses and ponies.  They are so beautiful when they run!

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We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.   – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

God created a beautiful world for us to enjoy.  I hope we can shoot wildlife with a camera instead of a gun and leave not a trace behind where we have walked.  One day I hope to go on a trip to see wildlife, armed with a really great camera!  It’s on my bucket list!  Wink!  😉