Are you a type of individuals who believes all the pieces you hear? If you responded with an unabashedly and emphatic, “YES!,” then please permit me to toss out a faint path of bread crumbs to 1 intriguing facet of the pure world.
My problem to you is to go take a nature hike on any of these places hereabouts the place dry, crunchy tree leaves lie scattered upon the forest ground. Pay explicit consideration to what you hear. Likely as not, you will hear the excited footsteps of tiny forest folks as they go scurrying away at your method. Try to see should you can catch a glimpse of those very small humanoids.
Call them what you’ll, the Cherokee Nation has a reputation for these Little People: Yun wi Tsundi (“Yun-Wee-Joon-Stee”). If that doesn’t float your boat, you would possibly really feel extra snug to name them forest gnomes, woodland fairies or one thing akin to Leprechauns.
Then once more, I’d be way more inclined to steer you right into a dialogue of forest details. The rustling sounds you hear emanating from the forest ground are the frantic skeedaddle sounds of concern if you method too near some very tiny lizards. Ground skinks take off operating as quick as they will, after which they dive into “hidey holes” which can be beneath the leaf litter on the forest ground. By the time you hear the sound of their footsteps and also you provoke your search, these miniscule creatures are already hidden out of sight.
Ground skinks stay in a dusty world. In order to guard their eyes, they put on goggles. Well, I jest. The reality of the matter, nevertheless, is much more exhilarating. The eyelids of those lizards have clear “home windows” by means of which these lizards can see when they’re making their mad sprint to security.
In some cases, reality is stranger than fiction.
Neil Garrison was the longtime naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature heart. His e mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.