The Nature of Things

June 15, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning nature lovers. Today is Wednesday, June 15th. Today’s holidays are:

Nature Photography Day 

Nature Photography Day was created in 2006 by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). Its goal is to spark an interest in nature photography and to explain how images of nature have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes worldwide.
NANPA encourages you to celebrate Nature Photography Day by taking your camera out into your backyard, a nearby park, or a nature trail and capturing images of flora and fauna at its finest. You won’t find a better time of year to photograph nature than late Spring. Most plants are in bloom or producing fruit, many species of animals have borne their young, and the weather is still reasonably mild — The opportunities are endless.
Just be aware that no matter where you go you leave a carbon footprint, so try to keep your impact on the environment to a minimum. Don’t trample all over a micro ecosystem just to get “the shot”. You can take good pictures and still remain on the prescribed trails. To illustrate my point, I captured each photograph below without deviating from the beaten path.
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Happy trails to you.

Smile Power Day 

A smile is a symbol of happiness and vitality, a beacon of hope and an expression of emotion. Smile Power Day was created to make people aware of the power of a good smile. It is meant to be shared with others. There is an old saying: “Smile, it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.” That is certainly  apropos today. Smiles are infectious. If everyone around you is smiling, it is hard not to smile yourself, even if you’re in a bad mood. This may be nothing more than trying to fit in with the group, but no matter why, it works.
Broadcast your most toothy smile to everyone you encounter today. Who knows, you might just turn someone’s bad day around. Besides, it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. Just make sure that your smile is sincere. People can spot a phony smile a mile away.

Magna Carta Day 

Magna Carta is Latin for Great Charter and is one of the most important documents in political history. Drawn up in Britain and signed on 15th June 1215, it outlines the rights of the common people and limits the powers of the monarchy. Since then it has been used as the basis for civil liberties around the World, advancing the cause of liberty. Our “Bill of Rights” is based upon this historic document. Although it may seem of little consequence to Americans, who sometimes take freedom for granted, for the English this date marks the first time that the basic belief in the value of the individual was recognized by the ruling government.
Although this day does not appear in the official calendar of any church, it is a day of great religious significance throughout the English-speaking world. One of the 48 personal rights and liberties guaranteed by the Magna Carta was freedom of worship; in fact, the opening words of the document were, “The Church of England shall be free.”

National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement

The most current information I have concerning this holiday is from 2011, but it is still listed in one of my sources (with no link to provide any information, other than its existence) so I will cover it anyway. In today’s tense political and social climate, a holiday like National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement is more important than ever.
National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement urges you to take a moment today to remember those law enforcement officers who have given their lives in service to their communities. Reflect upon all that the law enforcement community does to make your lives better. If you can, make a donation to an organization such as Wives Behind the Badge, or other similar organizations, which are dedicated to serving the families of law enforcement.

National Lobster Day 

National Lobster Day celebrates that sweet, succulent seafood – lobster. Lobsters were once considered peasant food. In the 1800’s, lobsters were plentiful and New Englanders could simply walk down the beach and capture them during low tide. Many servants lived off of lobster during this time period. In fact, one Massachusetts community had to pass a law that limited how often you could serve lobster to your servants. It was a modest three times a week. Today, lobster is considered a luxurious delicacy all over the world. In the state of Maine alone, lobster fishing is a billion-dollar industry.
There are many ways to enjoy lobster, but the most popular cooking methods are boiling, baking, steaming, and grilling. And, the best way to celebrate National Lobster Day is to eat some. As I have pointed out in prior posts, I am not a big fan of seafood…but I do enjoy the occasional crustacean. Lobster is a  bit “pricey” for my budget, but I may go out for some “surf & turf” this evening anyway. What the heck, it’s payday, and I’m worth it.

Global Wind Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 

Worldwide Day of Giving 


On this date:

  • In 1607 – Colonists in North America completed James Fort in Jamestown, VA.
  • In 1752 – Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was a little spark that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.
  • In 1836 – Arkansas became the 25th state in the United States.
  • In 1844 – Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for the process that strengthens rubber.
  • In 1846 – The United States and Britain settled a boundary dispute concerning the boundary between the U.S. and Canada, by signing a treaty.
  • In 1864 – An order to establish a military burial ground was signed by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. The location later became known as Arlington National Cemetery.
  • In 1877 – Henry O. Flipper became the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
  • In 1898 – The House of representatives approved the annexation of Hawaii.
  • In 1909 – Benjamin Shibe patented the cork-center baseball.
  • In 1911 – The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. was incorporated in the state of New York. The company was later renamed International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.
  • In 1916 – President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
  • In 1938 – Johnny Vandemeer (Cincinnati Reds) pitched his second straight no-hitter.
  • In 1978 – King Hussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.
  • In 1983 – The Supreme Court reinforced its position on abortion by striking down state and local restriction on abortions.
  • In 1986 – Pravda, the Communist Party newspaper, reported that the chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear plant was dismissed for mishandling the incident at the plant.
  • In 1992 – Vice President Dan Quayle,while officiating a spelling bee, instructed a student that “potato” is spelled with an “e”. (Much ado was made by the “mainstream media” about the incident…despite such liberal bastions as the New York Times using the same spelling as Mr. Quayle only days prior. At least now, we ALL how to spell potato and that the plural of potato is, potatoes, which is in fact, spelled with an ‘e’…in all 57 states – oops, that was one of President Obama’s gaffes).
  • In 1992 – It was ruled by the Supreme Court that the government could kidnap criminal suspects from foreign countries for prosecution.
  • In 1994 – Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
  • In 1999 – South Korean naval forces sank a North Korean torpedo boat during an exchange in the disputed Yellow Sea.

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