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A Deep Look into Nature

By John Howle

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

- Albert Einstein

Since God is the author of the universe, if we look deeply into nature, we find his fingerprints everywhere. The birth of fawns, the hatching of turkey poults and the changing of the seasons all show God’s intricate design. Albert Einstein understood this from a scientific perspective.

There was also an Italian mathematician named Leonardo Pisano (1170-1250) who developed a mathematical equation that matches many of God’s designs in nature. Pisano was also known as Fibonacci, and we know his equation as the Fibonacci sequence. The number pattern is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and repeats on to infinity. This sequence is always adding the last two numbers to get the next number. The geometric chart showing this sequence creates a shell or spiral pattern. The arc found in a sunflower shows the Fibonacci spiral. The conch shell shows this pattern, as well as pinecones, octopus tentacles, rams’ horns and even the Milky Way demonstrates the geometric Fibonacci sequence. The pattern is also evident in the shape of our ears and especially on our fingerprints.

Where’s Your Sign?

Make sure you have properly marked your hunting or farm property boundaries before hunting season gets in full swing. There’s nothing more frustrating than having someone poach a mature buck from your property claiming they didn’t know where the land lines were. If your borders are properly marked, you have a much better case against trespassers and poachers in the event there is a dispute. With a few supplies, you can properly mark your property in the course of one weekend.

First, you’ll need signs. Wording is important. Provocative wording such as “keep out” should be avoided. Instead, wording such as “Posted and Patrolled,” including phrases such as “hunting, fishing, trapping or trespassing for any purpose is strictly forbidden and violators will be prosecuted,” is preferred. (PHOTO: posted3)

As you post these signs, make sure to use aluminum nails in case you ever cut the tree. Aluminum nails won’t damage a chainsaw chain like steel nails can. Finally, you can also mark trees on the line with fluorescent tree-marking paint. (PHOTO: paint3)

Visibility is the key, and any “law-abiding citizen” will respect the signage. You might wonder about the few bad apples that aren’t law-abiding. In this case, get to know your local game warden and local law enforcement officials, and have their cell phone numbers handy in the event you have to report a poaching, trespassing or property destruction event.

Is the Snake Awake?

This time of year, you might see a few snakes taking advantage of the last warm days of the year to store up energy for the winter. Here in Alabama, the snakes are more often going into brumation instead of hibernation. This is where their metabolism slows down and body temperature drops, but you still may see a snake or two on warm fall days during this state of metabolic slowdown. A common venomous snake seen during this time is the copperhead. Even though they are venomous, the bite is rarely fatal. The toxins are much weaker than rattlesnakes and water moccasins. Even though you should treat all snakes with caution, a rule of thumb is if the snake has vertical, cat-like pupils, they are poisonous. If the pupils are round, they are nonvenomous. (PHOTO: copperheadsnake1)

Be Warned About Acorns

All wildlife love acorns. This time of year, we search out the best white oak acorn producers to hunt around or track wildlife. In cattle, however, the acorns can be a problem. This time of year, when the acorns begin falling, special care should be taken with your cattle. A couple of years ago, I had a yearling-sized calf die from acorn poisoning. She was always in the woods around the acorn trees, and she seemed to have an unquenchable taste for the acorns. Most cattle that have plenty of good fall grazing won’t suffer any consequence. This yearling, however, suffered from the toxic tannins in the acorns. Most of the time, the death results from kidney failure as a result of the gallotannin in the acorn.

With this in mind, when you move your cattle from pasture to pasture, be aware of your prolific acorn production areas. If necessary, exclude cattle from these areas. Solar, electric fencing can be used to keep cattle from these areas until the deer and turkeys clean them up. (PHOTO: cattlemove2)

Late Grilling

You might still have a few productive okra plants producing fruit this time of year. If you’ve never tried grilled okra, now’s the time. Place the okra in a grill basket designed for grilling fish. Spray on all sides with olive oil spray and sprinkle on all sides with Season-All Spicy Seasoned Salt. Grill until the okra begins to brown on both sides. You get that great okra flavor combined with a spicy kick. Be sure to add corn on the cob and thinly sliced potatoes to the grill to complete your vegetable varieties, keeping them coated with olive oil spray while they grill.(PHOTO: grilledokra)

This October as you are scouting for deer, checking fence lines or just hiking down a dirt road, take time to look deep into nature so you can understand everything better.

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