All Creatures Great and Small

February 14, 2016 Carol No comments exist

All Creatures Great and Small — Words from the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful, by Cecil Frances Alexander.

It’s also the title of a book by James Herriot. The book formed the basis for the BBC television series, All Creatures Great and Small.

A recent vacation to Southwest Florida has got me thinking about God’s non-human creatures, and just how important it is for us humans to treat them with respect and care. Please sit back, relax, and join me as I reminisce about three vacation experiences, each one involving some of God’s creatures.

Ground Owls

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ground owl

Ground owls, also known as burrowing owls, are some of the cutest creatures on the planet! And the ones in the photo above live on a street in Cape Coral, Florida! They have become quite accustomed to attention from humans. I was able to get quite close for my photos.

For some basic facts about these fascinating creatures, see Burrowing Owl | Basic Facts About Burrowing Owls | Defenders of Wildlife.

The Naples Zoo

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creatures great and small
creatures great and small
creatures great and small
creatures great and small

The zoo’s website has a great “conservation” section: How You Can Help.

One way you can help is to make good shopping choices: “Although the jungles of Asia are half a world away, our shopping choices have an impact as real as a poacher’s bullet or a game warden’s protection. And it all hinges on palm oil – the most widely produced edible vegetable oil in the world.” See Palm Oil for details.

The Butterfly Estates

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.
— Jeffrey Glassberg

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The Florida Native Butterfly Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Florida’s native butterfly species. Our Southwest Florida educational facility is providing the appropriate educational programs and research projects that are helping butterfly populations flourish throughout our state!
The Butterfly Estates

Let’s Live More Lightly on the Earth

I hope that this little story of my vacation experiences might inspire us all to “live more lightly upon the earth.”

If  the material consumption of a fraction of humanity is already harming the planet, is there an alternative path that enables all of humanity to live more lightly upon the Earth, while experiencing a higher quality of life?
Duane Elgin, Voluntary Simplicity

For more inspiration, visit Three Areas of Oneness.

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