(1) Go Hydrology unveils a new “after hours” blog called The Crackling Log. Tired after a hard day of working on the water (or whatever you do)? Join us at the campfire where we discuss the lighter side of water and other campfire friendly topics.
We usually think rather dimly of concrete water works.
So the sentiment goes: If only they weren’t built, nature would be better off. Working in the background is also the understanding that control of water is a necessity of the modern world and the idea that it might just be okay so long as nature gets its fair share of the water, too.
With that in mind, can you guess my favorite water management structure in the Everglades?
Can you guess which basin reliably gets the least amount of rain from May to October? a. Big Cypress Swamp b. Southwest Coast c. Miami-Dade d. Lake Okeechobee e. Water Conservation Area 3 f. a and c only
Labor Day is celebrated up North on the continent as the start of the fall season – sweater weather, brisk mornings and pumpkin spiced dishes of all sorts. Can you guess what holiday Labor Day better resembles in south Florida?
That’s what makes Stuck Inside of Oasis (with the Cypress Blues Again) the perfect campfire song. It’s not sung brilliantly, even if the video of Oasis that accompanies the song was shot in broad daylight (with growing cumulus clouds in the background). And I mess up quite a few lyrics and chords – also typical of campfire fair.
The song was written and first sung as a farewell song to a long-time ranger that spent many a long day welcoming and talking to visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve.
More recently I put the song to video, and in listening back I now see it in a much different light. As much as a farewell song to a good friend, it’s as an ode to a rather odd but endearing building called Oasis located in the middle of the swamp.
To me it’s nothing less than a hotspot of the universe.