Nature Stories in Pix - Mark Schwall

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  • Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:58:14 +0000

    Nature Stories in Pix
    Nature Stories in Pix
    I have long been thinking about flexing my literary and journalistic muscles in regards to my observations and thoughts about the natural world and how they are reflected in my photography. While photography is indeed an art, it is also a method of story telling which is reflected in the oft repeated phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words". So it seemed fitting to make my first post about beginnings and since all living creatures have their beginning in the biology and behaviors of mating and breeding it seemed apropos to start there.While I'm on the topic of the biology and behaviors of bird mating it is worth mentioning that I have nearly completed reading noted ornithologist and evolutionary biologist David Prum's book The Evolution of Beauty, How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - And Us. For anyone serious about birds, their evolution and how it shapes the beauty we find in the animal kingdom around us, it is a very worthwhile read. In short, Dr. Prum makes a strong case against the Wallacean/NeoWallacean adaptive school of evolution in favor of Darwin's theories of sexual selection and how it is reflected in the beauty we find in the natural world. For those not familiar with Dr. Prum, it should also be noted that he is the one who postulated the now accepted view that dinosaurs were not the drab olive green beasts so often portrayed in popular science fiction but were indeed colorful and some were even feathered. Dr. Prum is also one of the principal investigators in the study which was so badly maligned by the Republican Congress and often referred to as "duckgate" but you'll have to read the book to get, as Paul Harvey used to say, "the rest of the story."With all of that being said or written in this case, I hope you'll bear with me in this journalistic pursuit and hopefully we'll all enjoy this and learn something in the process. Please feel welcome to offer your comments and feedback on Nature Stories in Pix. As time marches on I'm sure I'll have a lot to say on the subject in upcoming posts but in the meantime I'll share some images of various birds of the New Jersey Shore in their finest breeding plumage and colors. I hope you enjoy them.
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