Hi! My name is Ms. McCullagh. I will continue to post nature related photos and videos on this great outlet - thank you, Earthwatch! I traveled with Earthwatch to Maryland to study Climate Change and Fragmented Forests at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Trees and sky

Travel from Florida to Baltimore was uneventful, and I happily waited the three hours with other teachers participating in the expedition. It was great to get to know my colleagues in the relaxed atmosphere of the Observation Lounge at BWI.

As you can see from my photos, I have taken time to notice the trees and how the sky and clouds appear through the branches. And that brings me to today's challenge for you:

Think about how you spent your Thanksgiving holiday - with whom did you spend today? Family, relatives, new friends? Where were you? At home, on the road, or in transit? Did you experience a new location or weather different from South Florida's?

Did you take time to notice the physical and social environment in which you enjoyed Thanksgiving? Can you describe how that experience looked, smelled, and sounded?

I look forward to hearing about your sensory Thanksgiving experiences!


At November 29, 2009 at 9:24 PM , Blogger Lori said...

I traveled to my parents home for Thanksgiving, but not over the river and through the woods as the holiday song says. We both live on the high, flat, treeless plains in the countryside of Texas. The weather was calm, clear, warm, and sunny one day and the next day was cold, rainy, with snow flurries. There's an old saying in my part of West Texas is that if you don't like the weather, just wait 15 minutes and it'll change. It's true. What few trees we have around our homes are barren, having lost their leaves this past month after freezing temperatures at night. Crops are harvested and what land isn't covered by the winter wheat crop is resting in preparation for spring planting. Even the geese and cranes have migrated south for the winter. Last night I saw 3 white-tailed does and a 6 point buck grazing in a wheat field located on top of a small canyon area that runs through our place. Winter is slowly arriving in my part of the world. Tomorrow I'll ask my students what they experienced over the Thanksgiving break.

At December 11, 2009 at 10:03 AM , Blogger Ms. McCullagh said...

My Thanksgiving holiday was spent in a town in Central Florida called Oviedo. While not too far from South Florida, the changes in culture, weather, and appearance were incredible. I was able to spend the holiday with my father's side of the family who I only get to see once a year on Thanksgiving since the majority of them live in the Central Florida area. Seeing younger and older cousins that you have not spent time with in a year or more is a great experience, they seem to grow so much in that one year in between visits. It is always exciting to see aunts and uncles as well as family friends who you really only know because of thesea annual Thanksgiving meals. On the drive up I would pay attention as the windows slowly became more and more chilly the further north we drove. In Miami we are used to the mid-80s weather year round but up where I was it was in the low-40s and it was just like any other day for them.

The weather is definitely very different from what I am used to. It is much colder and for much longer than down here, but the heat is also a different kind of heat. Since there is no breeze coming off the sea like we have in Miami, it is more of a dead heat with less humidity. Luckily, we did not experience this heat while we were up there but I was able to experience the slow crackle of a real fire as we huddled around seeking the warmth of the flame and shared stories.

Socially it is a little different as well. I have grown accustomed to the big city life style so going to a smaller city was a nice escape from all the hustle and bustle involved in Miami. It is a much more relaxed atmosphere with a much smaller minority culture than Miami. All in all, I greatly enjoyed spending my Thanksgiving in a different area with people I love. It is always nice to see friends and family after not having seen them in so long and the weather was a beautiful change of pace.

Tyler F


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