Rev. Candace McKibben
One of the exceptional joys of being retired from full-time work is the power to spend extra time with these we love. This week our expensive associates from my seminary days, Bill and Kathy Berry, are visiting from Richmond, Virginia.
On the afternoon they arrived we went for a stroll on the Alford Greenway, one of many showcase locations to hike in our stunning metropolis. We noticed a bald eagle, a wooden stork, and a swish egret on our stroll round Lake Lafayette amidst catching up on our lives. We loved a beautiful meal collectively at Backwoods Crossing and got here house to observe the final recreation of the World Series.
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Having lived in Atlanta for numerous years, our visitors had been happy with the result of the sport, and it was a pleasure to observe it with them.
The following morning we had been up early to move to the Wakulla River for a float from the higher bridge to the fort at St. Marks. It was the hope of my husband and I to share a number of the great animal sightings we’ve got skilled in our many canoe paddles up and down the river. We weren’t disenchanted.
We noticed herons, egrets, ibises, turtles, gators, mullets, manatees, and ospreys. The sulfur spring close to the decrease bridge was crystal clear and the palette of fall colours inside the spring, splendid. The tide and present labored in our favor and the wind was gentle and cooperative.
Flamingo in our midst
We shared a pleasant lunch on the Riverside Café, the place we bumped into different associates, Jim and MaryLou Joanos. What a pleasure to introduce our expensive associates to others in our circle. From there we headed afterwards for the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. We informed our associates about the potential of seeing a flamingo in addition to different birds, gators, and monarch butterflies.
Again, we weren’t disenchanted. We did see Pinky, who’s believed to have been blown into the refuge by Hurricane Michael in October 2018, presumably from the Yucatan Peninsula. The American or Caribbean flamingos who as soon as roamed the Everglades had been rendered extinct by hunters gathering plumes for the millinery market years in the past, so that the majority flamingos in Florida immediately are in aviaries, zoos, or amusement amenities, sporting tags or bracelets.
But Pinky has no tag suggesting that he or she is a uncommon wild flamingo considered extinct. Her/his survival within the storm and continued occupancy within the refuge appears each magical and hopeful.
While driving the beautiful marshland street to the lighthouse, we noticed three eagles’ nests, two of them accompanied by eagles. There had been numerous gators, deer, and a number of monarch butterflies on their annual 2000 mile migration from North America to Central Mexico.
While the refuge encompasses 60,000 acres, the butterflies are inclined to cluster across the lighthouse space, fortifying themselves on the plentiful foliage earlier than their lengthy flight alongside the Gulf Coast by means of Texas and into Mexico. We loved chatting with birders from throughout who had been thrilled to see so many various species of birds and the attractive butterflies the refuge shelters.
Beauty alongside the coast
Back house for the night, we loved a meal on the porch as we charted our subsequent day for a visit to St. George Island and the quaint city of Apalachicola. Life-long Virginians who take annual journeys to North Carolina seashores, our associates had been enthusiastic about seeing the attractive undeveloped seashores on the state park and visiting the retailers of Franklin County.
What I’ve realized over the previous few days is simply how lucky I’m to dwell in such a ravishing place. It has helped that the climate has been so nice and the wildlife so plentiful. But even when the rains come, which is promised, and the purple tide threatens because it actually may, we’re blessed to have such wonderful magnificence to share with associates who’re type sufficient to make the lengthy trek from Richmond to see us.
As I’m growing old, I’m realizing the unbelievable present that friendship is to our wellbeing. In a 2016 research, performed by researchers on the University of North Carolina, they re-analyzed information from 4 giant, long-standing research capturing completely different life levels. They discovered that in adolescence and previous age, having associates was related to a decrease threat of physiological issues.
William Rawlins, the Stocker Professor of Interpersonal Communication at Ohio University, says that at any age, and persistently, individuals want in friendship, “Somebody to talk to, someone to depend on, and someone to enjoy.” I would add, someone with whom to share your joys.
Gratitude on the greenway
As I take into consideration the Alford household donating a lot land for public enjoyment on the Alford Greenway, or the nice fortune that’s ours to be the chosen house to a uncommon wild flamingo we affectionately name “Pinky,” I really feel deep gratitude.
When I think about how blessed we’re to be on the migratory path of 1000’s of beautiful monarch butterflies, my coronary heart is full. November is the month by which we follow gratitude and I really feel deep appreciation for seeing my life by means of the eyes of beloved associates who’ve helped me notice simply how lucky I’m.
I pray all of us will take discover and not take without any consideration the sweetness and alternatives our neighborhood affords.
The Rev. Candace McKibben is an ordained minister and pastor of Tallahassee Fellowship.
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