The Power of Inspiration, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Blue Heron silhouetted against sunrise, St Lucie River.
Blue Heron silhouetted against sunrise, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon. (Photo by John Whiticar, 2012.)

Yesterday morning at sunrise, I drove north along Indian River Drive to Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Ft. Pierce. This drive, in the early hours of morning, is the most inspirational of times…

The lone herons and egrets are many, some in groups, but most alone, standing still, and stately, and eternal, waiting for a fish. Waiting for that perfect light “to see…”

Later in the day, I looked up the definition of the word “inspire” as we talked about what this meant and how to achieve such at the board meeting for the foundation.  There were various definitions, but a few captured what I felt driving along Indian River Drive in the morning’s early light…

May we all be inspired by the beauty around us, the gift of the river…

inspire, verb:

1. to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration

2. to give someone the enthusiasm to do or create something

3. a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul 

7 thoughts on “The Power of Inspiration, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

  1. This year there was the big tall bird in the picture living and hunting from the sea wall. I guess he had been watching the pelicans because he had learned a new hunting skill. He would fly low to the water and stick his long neck down and grab a mullet. From a distance one evening I saw what looked to be a duck with a 2 foot neck. As I got closer I saw that this heron was swimming quit well with his big long legs. I guess people are not the only ones who make misstakes

  2. I have been trying to find how many parts per million of oxygen there is in red blood cells so I can compare to how much oxygen drinking water has. When the citys test drinking water does it not make sense to test it with the same amount of oxygen in it as will be in it after people drink it?

  3. Here is what has me worried. Acid removes oxygen and preserves things . I visited the steam boat Arabia in Kansas City when I worked in Missouri. Pickles from 1850 were still good. If you pour a couple of 5 gallon buckets of calcium beach sand in any retention pond the next year the algie will be so thick ducks can walk across. All the chemicals are preserved in acid. No one waunts their retention pond to look like a mud hole in the dry season so everone pumps water up like crazy to keep the pond full. This sucks all those chemicals preserved in acid down into the aquifer . I wonder can these chemicals that are in a dormant sate be detected ?

  4. I would suggest filling in any retention ponds near where people might drink well water to a level that they would hold water in the wet season and be dry during the dry season. Possably with beach sand so the calcium peroxide could break down chemicals.

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