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Stories by Les Harrison

Stories by Les Harrison

Gopher tortoises always scuttling about in an attempt to survive.

June 16, 2021

Gopher tortoises are often hidden in the tall grasses as they slowly plod through the hot summer days.

The 90-degree-plus June temperature readings have many residents slowing their pace for the explicit purpose of not overheating.

Be sure what is being consumed and control amount when it comes to horses

June 9, 2021

Ask any Santa Rosa County horse owner and they will say their horse has a sweet tooth.

In addition to sugar cubes there are apples, pears and many other fruits with a high sugar content which are attractive to equines everywhere.

Starfish provide important service to overall salty system

June 2, 2021
With the return of warmer weather and release from pandemic restrictions, many are focusing on outdoor activities where residents and visitors can enjoy the return of activities outside the home.

Coral bean serves multiple purposes

May 26, 2021

In the days before mass-marketing, big box retailing and internet sales, people had to create their own solutions to the wants and needs of daily life.

The results were based on the materials at hand and were often imaginative, but sometimes bordering on the absurd.

Rat snakes shift from tolerated necessity to problem wildlife

May 17, 2021

The blooms and leaves have confirmed the year’s progress toward the summer. The rising temperatures and lengthening days have been a boon to the birds and animals, too.

The blossoms in Santa Rosa County are popular with insects and arachnids for a variety of reasons. Some insects enjoy the nectar and pollen, using it to great effect.

Plenty of green this time of year in nature

May 12, 2021

Going “green” is all the rage these days. Businesses, politicians, public figures and more are promoting their commitment to ecological purity and environmental quality.

In nature there is plenty of green this time of year, especially the chlorophyl-based pigment.

Red foxes are a great example of seasonal change

May 5, 2021
Now that it’s May, it is reasonable to assume that cold weather is out of the forecast at least until late October. The higher temperatures bode well for the elimination of heavier garments.

Pecan tree has weather forecasting abilities

April 21, 2021

Folk wisdom can, in fact, be amazingly accurate.

Not because of some ancient or secret knowledge, but because it is attributable to generations of observation which has been confirmed time and again over the centuries.

Mantis is a master at stealth and camoflauge

April 14, 2021

More than one Santa Rosa County homeowner or gardener has noticed the sudden appearance of a hungry pest species eyeing the menu choices at every residence.

Fortunately, nature has a way of equalizing all situations when left to its own devices. With the increase of the plant-eaters comes those insects which restrain their population explosions.

Muscadines continue their journey up and over anything within their grasp

April 1, 2021

The climb to the top is always a challenge, but it is the goal of many.

The route is never a straight line or simple.

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