Monday, March 23, 2009



When I first went to see the owls shown in my Eyes theme image and again in my March 22nd Sunday Six, my friend and park naturalist Kristina told me that a repeated suggestion was that they "clean the place up" by getting rid of all the dead trees. One of the best things you can do for wildlife is to keep dead trees around. The owl nest is in a dead tree. And this one has provided many a woodpecker with a meal.

If you've got a dead tree on your property, and it's not a threat to fall on anything then leave it be. Mother Nature will thank you.

11 comments:

Chesney said...

wonderful find and great shot!

K said...

Nice take on the theme, definitely not the first thought that comes to mind for eating establishments. I really like the detail in the picture, too.

Danudin said...

Never to old to learn,as long as it isn't too near the house and attract termites, I agree with you, gives snakes a home so that they don't want to come inside, fosters the creepy crawlies that the vertebrates love to feed on and eventually decays and enriches the soil.
Thanks for the ecology lesson Professor Mevets.

mljrbg said...

Neat shot for this theme. Those are some busy woodpeckers!! Great angle and composition. The tree looks twisted.

Anonymous said...

Excellent twist on the theme! And a visually interesting shot as well.....

Anonymous said...

Very clever idea! Love the texture!

Vanessa said...

We have a few "eating establishments" like that on our property, too. Great photograph for this theme. Makes me want to use one of our sapsucker trees for this theme.

Anonymous said...

This a fine take on the theme, I live in the woods and just last week gave my neighbor who is nutty tidy the same spiel. Lucky for me right then a pileated woodpecker joined the chorus.

Anonymous said...

Trees...dead or alive, I love photos of trees and I love your shot of this holey tree for this theme. Great message, too. If you keep the dead trees the woodpeckers will leave your house alone. They destroyed the trim on our house and made a lot of noise in the process.

KimR. said...

What a creative idea for this theme and a great shot!

Anonymous said...

Very clever spin on the theme - and you are right about dead trees. Really like the photo.