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Archive for February 2nd, 2018

A QUICK SURVEY OF THE WHOLE BLOG (on its 10 year anniversary, 2018)

If you quickly read through this posting it may help you find the parts of the blog you’re most interested in. Read beyond that to widen your horizons.

This is the whole blog in a nutshell, page by page from beginning to end, with a few comments. To roam through the blog itself simply scroll to the bottom of any page and click on the next page number. Keep doing it till you come to the end.

Upcoming postings will provide plant ID photos and more about SAVING Cayman Brac habitat. Rampant exploitation by government and private parties has worsened. The word environment was not mentioned in the 2018 New Year’s speech of any leader. We need bottom-up politics here on the Brac because top-down isn’t working. One positive governmental initiative has just been cancelled, only a year after its inauguration. Calls for our land to be protected, not blasted and quarried for shipment to Grand Cayman, have been ignored. This blog will be on the warpath! But the beauty of Brac nature will still shine through. We saved some land in 2017 through a selfless donation and dedicated volunteers.

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FRUGALITY (Like a Scot) – Text, doggerel, cottage photo and even a piece of music (“Murray Harbour Hornpipe”). On living lightly on the earth

MICROCOSM – How Cayman Brac could become an exemplar of re-wilding of man-modified areas, and of protection of the remaining unspoiled forest and precious “bush”

THE CAYMAN BRAC LIGHTHOUSE AND TRAIL – The trail, kept in the public domain by year-round hiking, still runs through otherwise private properties! Yet this is our number one natural attraction

SUGGESTED INACTIVITIES for next Earth Day – Check out the little poems. Enjoy Earth Day and just do less. On living lightly

AND THE TIME OF THIS IGNORANCE GOD WINKED AT – Still true, sadly. Photos of plants that have been STOLEN! Some carried abroad. Very rare photos because of subsequent theft

MY VINE-INFESTED NUMBER ELEVEN FAVOURITE MANGO TREE – A little poem. Any backyard gardener can relate to this one. About the mango variety called Number Eleven (the number on the box on The Bounty)

YES TO CRUISE SHIPS … NO TO MEGA CRUISE SHIPS – The government seems hell-bent on bringing more visitors than could have a nice time — Grand Cayman ruination

DAILY LIFE: WHAT SHOULD WE DO NOW? – More ideas on how we small people can live more simply, have more fun, and save the world!

YOU’LL LOVE CAYMAN BRAC — IF YOU LOVE THESE THINGS – It’s a prose poem and an abracadabary

A NEW TREE FOR THE CAYMAN ISLANDS HAS BEEN FOUNDFirst found on the Brac? More showing up, on roadside gravel and broken ground

KNOWN BUT NOT SHOWN – This list is unique — the result of a lot of amateur “botanising” by about seven of us living on the Brac. But some of the plants have been destroyed already

URGENT: SETBACK LAW FOR CB BLUFF DEVELOPMENT – Nobody has done a darn thing since Mrs. Bradley first proposed a set-back regulation for bluff top development in the 1990s. Accidents have occurred, and habitat taken away

BRAC BREAKER— ULTRA-MARATHON ROUTE ON THE BRAC – No takers

SHALL WE GATHER FOR THE SEED BANK – No. We can use our time on more important projects — protecting habitat in particular. We have plant thieves so we mustn’t show plant coordinates

SO THEY WANT TO CUT A HOLE IN THE DIKE? – A tribute to some brave people who withstood pressure. So far (some years hence) a monument stands in testimony to foiled folly

WALKING TRAILS ON CAYMAN BRAC – We try to walk all of them every year. That keeps them open and natural. Love our trails

UPGRADED AIRSTRIP — OR DOWNGRADED ISLAND – Little Cayman is still the most unspoiled island. But private owners now hold more of it. Beware of gentrification! And restriction!

SMALL ISLAND, BIG AIRPORT? – Airports require vast areas of modification of adjacent land, virtually destroying all the natural features. Examples given. Don’t do it, Little Cayman!

LIKE A GLOBE-SIZED H-BOMB, BUT SLOWER – The poisoning effect of human invasion of every aspect of natural life. (Assuming we’re “natural”.) New info since this posting shows it’s rapidly getting worse

A YEAR OF FIRSTSTreasures of nature, all experienced right here on Cayman Brac, this most blessed land — placed in our care. Enjoy these phenomena. One photo may be incorrectly labelled. Phyllanthus caymanensis?

AIRPORT BIRDING CHART – The result of a year’s monitoring of birds around CB Airport, by dedicated volunteers. We helped the authority and honed our skills

THE DREAM – This land was made the best. It could be the best still. Florence, at 20,000 people, led the world. CB at 2000 could lead Caribbean islands. Read it!

SNORKELING CAYMAN BRAC — AND ELSEWHERE – How do our corals and schools of fishes compare with snorkel spots around the world, and how can we get better. (Enhanced Marine Parks, duh.) Underwater photos, poems, inspiration — it’s joyous, so let’s keep it that way and even make it better. The trend line isn’t great

THE NATURAL HOUSE on a natural islandIs air conditioning necessary? Or all the other frills. How did our old-timers manage? Did they enjoy cleaner air? Were they tougher?

TROPICAL NATURE, a book review – Reading about the tropics, comparing with our sub-tropical clime. Photos from Papua New Guinea.

NATURAL SCIENCE ACTIVITY, SPRING 2011 – “… to be discovered simply by walking into “the bush” with an open mind, a notebook and a digital camera”. About friends and “Botanizers”

HISTORY, STATUS AND FUTURE FOR ROCK IGUANA – Well, the amazing species is still here, much loved, and wearing beads. A sinister invader has arrived and is in contention. It will kill other life if we let it

POLLARD BAY – “Sea grape, broadleaf, buttonwood// Ipomoea vine // Huddled cockspur with yellow seeds // A few of them now mine”. Poem

“QUICK-SAVE” LIST — NATURE PROPERTIES, CB – Five properties were recommended for permanent protection for their extreme natural value, in 2011. Two have been so protected!

FIELD GUIDES FOR THE CAYMAN ISLANDSBook reviews and web reviews of over ten references to help us know and appreciate our plants and critters. We are blessed with references

INVESTIGATION OF THE 17 ACRE PARCEL – This odd-shaped National Trust holding bounds the west side of Bight Road South, to the high bluff edge. It is highly significant if little known.

BOOK REVIEW: “HOT, FLAT AND CROWDED” – The author is a 3-times Pulitzer Prize winner, aware that the environment is in total crisis. Published 2009, but 10 years later US policy is backsliding

LIFE EVER AFTER – Sub-titled “a nature ethic to guide our daily lives” this puts the author’s heart on the line — the natural environment is our home. Gotta keep it

PARROT RESERVE SOUTHWEST – Photos: It’s a companion to “Investigation of the 17 acre parcel”. Not shown is “biodiversity heaven” found by the two explorers. Gotta go back

SCENES OF THE SISTER ISLANDS – Photo essay: The inclusion of a few scenes from Little Cayman demonstrates how these two islands must be proud to be sisters

THE CANDLEWOOD SONG – Just add music! Fifty-four species: do you know them all? “These are the trees that sustained us of old// These are the trees that lift our souls”

SOME NATIVE CREATURESThirteen photos, some of them published in other references (Butterflies of the Cayman Islands). A good primer for would-be visitors

SOME NATURE HIKES AND SPECIAL PLACESThirty-five places to be preserved. “The Mountain; Hayman’s Pond; The Spilts”. More have been added: Nani Cave, Nurse Smith Pond and more

DEFORESTATION – This is a poem. The hero is Candlewood — a tree that played such a strong role in our society that it competes with Silver Thatch in significance

THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE, CAYMAN BRACA poem. It’s dated 1998 and bears re-reading in these stressful times.

KARST LIMESTONE FORMATION – A geology walk across the island. We’re founded on the same limestone that we’re blasting and shipping away! Learn about our foundation

LIVING LIGHTLY ON THE EARTH – A priori thinking: we try to reflect on our situation, derive the basic principles involved, then apply them to questions. There’s a table

SEA AND SEASHORE PHOTOS – Photos, no text. The reader will have to agree: this is a most beautiful place

AN INTRODUCTION TO “WEST END WOODS” – This is a plant survey of the rich forest called Buffer Zone (from the huge quarry). We tried, but nobody is stopping the ongoing destruction. It’s half gone

written Jan. 12, 2018 by the blogger

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