Alabama State Parks Foundation I’ll remind you that although I serve on the Alabama State Parks Foundation Board, in part because of my love of Nature and in recognition of my writing many prior Posts about visiting and experiencing the Parks, any positions or opinions expressed in these Posts are mine alone and do not in any manner represent the Foundation or its Board. I urge you to take a look at the Foundation website and consider ways you might help steward these magical places: Perhaps you might think about supporting the Parks System education and interpretation imperative: The Foundation exists to provide incremental operating and capital support for enhancing our State parks… and your enjoyment of them. We are blessed in Alabama to have our Park System. Watch for future Great Blue Heron Posts as I continue to explore and enjoy these treasures that belong to us. I urge you to discover the Alabama State Parks near you. Follow the advice of John Muir: And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. Thoughts and Reflections I offer these observations from my aerial flight and the breath-taking perspective from 2,000 feet above God’s northern Alabama wild and domesticated patchwork quilt.: When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty. On such flights, the whole notion of my taglines…Nature-Inspired Life and Living; Nature-Buoyed Aging and Healing!…come alive in crystal clarity. I am mesmerized by flying above a natural landscape, where beauty, magic, wonder, awe, and inspiration reach into my soul. Inhale and absorb Nature’s elixir. May Nature Inspire, Inform, and Reward you! Note: Unless otherwise noted, all blog post images are created & photographed by Stephen B. Jones. Please circulate images with photo credit: “©2023 Steve Jones, Great Blue Heron LLC. All Rights Reserved.” Another Note: If you came to this post via a Facebook posting or by another route, please sign up now (no cost… no obligation) to receive my Blog Post email alerts: And Third: I am available for Nature-Inspired Speaking, Writing, and Consulting — contact me at A reminder of my Personal and Professional Purpose, Passion, and Cause If only more of us viewed our precious environment through the filters I employ. If only my mission and vision could be multiplied by untold orders of magnitude: Mission: Employ writing and speaking to educate, inspire, and enable readers and listeners to understand, appreciate, and enjoy Nature… and accept and practice Earth Stewardship. Vision: People of all ages will pay greater attention to and engage more regularly with Nature… and will accept and practice informed and responsible Earth Stewardship. They will see their relationship to our natural world with new eyes… and understand their Earth home more clearly. Tagline/Motto: Steve (Great Blue Heron) encourages and seeks a better tomorrow through Nature-Inspired Living! Steve’s Three Books I wrote my books Nature Based Leadership (2016), Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading (2017), and Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits: Stories of Passion for Place and Everyday Nature (2019; co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Wilhoit) to encourage all citizens to recognize and appreciate that every lesson for living, learning, serving, and leading is either written indelibly in or is powerfully inspired by Nature. I began writing books and Posts for several reasons: I love hiking and exploring Nature I see images I want to (and do) capture with my trusty iPhone camera I enjoy explaining those images — an educator at heart I don’t play golf! I do love writing — it’s the hobby I never needed when my career consumed me Judy suggested my writing is in large measure my legacy to our two kids, our five grandkids, and all the unborn generations beyond And finally, perhaps my books and Blogs could reach beyond family and touch a few other lives… sow some seeds for the future All three of my books (Nature Based Leadership; Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading; Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits) present compilations of personal experiences expressing my (and co-author Dr. Wilhoit for Weaned Seals and Snowy Summits) deep passion for Nature. All three books offer observations and reflections on my relationship with the natural world… and the broader implications for society. Order any from your local indie bookstore, or find them on IndieBound or other online sources such as Amazon and LifeRich. I now have a fourth book, published by Dutton Land and Cattle Company, Dutton Land & Cattle: A Land Legacy Story. Available for purchase directly from me. Watch for details in a future Post.11.20.23 11.18 AM Wells Trail, Bald Faced Hornet

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