Monday, June 29, 2009

My World # 38

This is my posting for the My World Meme. It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar, Sandy, Wren, Louise and myself. Won't you join in, I want to see where you live and thrive. Here is part of 'My World'. I will be travelling today and will get back to you as soon as I can.

I do go to the Kent Bog quite often to commune with nature. I received an E-mail asking if I would be available when Tom Arbour of The Ohio Nature Blog was going to be visiting NE Ohio. Tom and I communicate on nature and he is a biologist with the ODNR (Ohio Department of Natural Resources) who is in charge of the bog. Needless to say, I was available.
Tom used to live in the area and attended Hiram College and worked the bog during his time. He lived in Munroe Falls. He and his wife Megan just had a little boy, Weston - 16 weeks old, and he has some neat sites.
It was a pleasure to be there as he worked and see him go into the bog to access it health and look for samples of new species. This is a little crannberry patch with ferns invading.
He was looking at this sedge that was neat to the walkway and thought he should take a sample to study. The Carex Sedge has 1500 species.
This is another sedge that shows the way the grass grows in a three way leaf radiating from the center. Where I see grass, Tom sees a special plant.
He did go back into the bog and I stayed on the path, he had on boots to be able to walk into the bog.
The next photo is of a Poison Sumac Tree that is near the path. This is enough reason to stay on the walkway. It will give you blisters and itches that you don't need. We have harmless Sumac in the area but this one is not good for you.
So I met a fellow blogger, communed with nature and had a fun morning. I learned a lot and got to see a botanist in action. He was also knowledgeable about birds and even though they are hard to see I did learn to recognize their call.
Blogging does have so much to offer you in the pursuit of knowledge. A special thank you to Tom for contacting me when he was in the area.

37 comments:

Carver said...

That sounds like great fun, both meeting the fellow blogger and wandering in the bog. Great shots!

Tom said...

Tom- Great images, especially the pictures of me. Just Kidding! Always good to get together with a fellow nature enthusiast, we'll do it again some time.

Tom

Tom said...

Tom- I actually attended Hiram College. That's ok, no worries.

Tom

Sylvia K said...

What fun! And to get to share it with a fellow blogger makes it all the better! Your photos are terrific, as always, FG.

Erin said...

what a wonderful meet up...isn't it special what the blogging world does? people who would otherwise never meet get to. and, sometimes great friendships result from it.
so enjoyed your post today.
have a lovely evening.

Dorothy said...

Enjoyed your post today. I love all of Nature and I love meeting blogger friends!

Jedediah said...

Thanks for sharing that trip. I'm glad that there's no Poison Sumac here, I get itchy just from reading about it.

Babooshka said...

I met a fellow blogger 3 weeks ago and I highly recommend it. Couldn't stop laughing. When you share a strong common bond too like wildlife it is just wild. Great post.

Twisted Fencepost said...

I'll bet that was a very interesting trip.
There are so many things in nature I wish I knew what they were. Would be interesting to walk with someone who knew.

SandyCarlson said...

It does indeed. That was great to read and view.

Craig Glenn said...

Great post Tom. I enjoy reading about your adventure!

Craig

Darla said...

This is way cool Tom!! Sumac sucks if I may be so blunt!!!

Guy D said...

How cool is that....great pics.

Have a fantastic week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Martha Z said...

A great way to spend the day.

Wren said...

You got to meet Tom? How cool is that! A visit to the bog with its biologist is like a private guided tour.

alicesg said...

It is true that blogging make you take note of the surroundings and the place you lived in. I am wiser through blogging. :)

mkreider said...

I think this is what it's all about! Sharing interests, sharing friendship, connecting with good folks.

Gaelyn said...

What a great opportunity to go to the bog with such a knowledgeable person, and a blogger too. You're right blogging brings people together.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Making the virtual real is wonderful. I learned something. I thought the only bog not in Ireland was in Massachusetts somewhere.
Thanks,

Paul Godin said...

Photography, blogging and sharing it with a fellow blogger. Doesn't get much better.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh I know how wonderful it is to meet fellow bloggers. I hope we get to meet you all in July!!!!!

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Sally in WA said...

Thank you for sharing a wonderful post and pictures. I hope to meet some fellow bloggers in the future, too.

Pietro said...

Very interesting images, Fishing Guy. I agree, blogging has much to offer as regards knowledge.
My email address is:
pietro.brosio@alice.it

Island Rambles Blog said...

I love the whole story of meeting another fellow blogger and all the nature in the bog.... All the posts for My World are so unusual and interesting all around the globe.

Luke Wiley said...

fascinating!

Arija said...

Loved the Tom-Tom adventure. We do learn so much from blogging and our fellow bloggers. Glad you could meet up.

Esther Garvi said...

What a wonderful thing to do!

Tipper said...

Neat to meet a fellow blogger in person. Looks like you both enjoyed your day!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A lovely morning it seems Tom. I am going to be meeting som e fellow bloggers in the coming months and am loking forward to it too.

Snap said...

What fun! It is a small world ... my hubby went to Hiram also!

TSannie said...

Amazing the beauty in every corner of these United States of ours. What a lovely bog!

Brit Gal Sarah said...

What a great way to spend time with a fellow blogger. I can well imagine he was fascinating to spend time with in that environment.

Martha said...

What fun! I love meeting fellow bloggers. Thanks for sharing the day with us :-)

Carolyn said...

Tom this is such a great post. I love walking alone in nature but I also love to share. At 50 I worked as one of four research assistants with a biologist here on Haida Gwaii and it was one of the best experiences of my life...watching, listening, learning about this beautiful land we share. Thank you for this great post and what a nice connection for you. Have a great week.
Smiles
P.S. I love your play list!

T and S said...

Its a cool post and should have been a enriching experience. And its also nice for one Tom to see another Tom and a third Tom (me) commenting on it.

Mary said...

How cool for the 2 Ohio "Tom's" to get together! Great photos and you both have wonderful blogs.

Louise said...

How fun! I love Tom's blogs, too! And what a great job!

I never know there was a difference in sumacs. I know I'm REALLY allergic to poison sumac, but thought it was to all. I need to figure out the difference. (None here, but I had more than my share of encounters when I lived in Missouri.)