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More than just a Rock
Introducing Rock E

You know the old expression:

“If the walls could talk.”

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In the Everglades, the same applies to the rocks, but with a twist: Even when people notice them they are just as quickly ignored. The reason? It probably has something to do with all the other sights — wading birds, alligators, flowers … the list goes on. Also factoring in is the flatness of the landscape and the fact that most of the underlying rock is covered with water or a layer of peat. Another knock against Everglades rocks: There are really no scenic outcrops or dramatic geologic outlooks.

I’m not saying you have to forget that other stuff, but we can’t forget that the underlying limestone forms the foundation of it all. And rocks, believe it or not, are a lot more charismatic than you think.

And if you don’t believe me, watch the above video and listen to what “Rock E” has to say. I think you’ll be impressed.

Geology of a tree?
When a topic gets away

Have you ever started on a topic …

Only to get distracted on a different path?

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I started off trying to talk about geology, but the next thing I knew I was rambling on about a tree. But not just any tree! And that’s when it suddenly dawned on me: cypress trees first took root in south Florida in the footprint of the Lake Okeechobee some six thousand years ago. None of those trees are still living today, but there is one special cypress tree on the outskirts of Lake Okeechobee that may very well be the most famous tree of all. The only problem: it got stuck on the wrong side of the levee. In this podcast, I explore the options for connecting the “lone cypress” with the larger ecosystem. And BTW: the Firelight Radio podcast is hosted by a guitar, i.e. you can’t have a nature-folk movement without a guitar by a campfire … that’s just obvious.

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I know what you’re thinking:

Isn’t it odd to have a guitar hosting a podcast?

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Answer: If we consider that Firelight Radio is a podcast about spreading the Nature Folk Movement (NFM), you really can’t have a “back to nature” movement without a guitar by a campfire … that’s just obvious.

As for a “talking” guitar, well the truth is, despite his looks — and yes, he does look like an acoustic guitar — he really isn’t that good at playing, or finger picking at least. That’s where the talking part comes in. (Although he does a little strumming, too).

Firelight Radio (FLR) is campfire inspired and guitar guaranteed. You're gonna hear some cracklin' (we're still working on the campfire aroma part) and you're gonna hear some strumming.  FLR is where we gather 'round the campfire to decompress and talk about what's important in life.  

In closing, I’d say this. Yes, it is a bit unique. But when it comes to the Nature Folk Movement (NFM), getting back to the campfire with a (talking) guitar is what it’s all about.

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Okeechobee Foothill?
How time turned a dike into a levee

For as easy as it is to see on a map …

Lake Okeechobee is deceivingly hard to find on the ground.

Map of Lake Okeechobee

The reason?

Hoover Hill would seem partly to blame.

Listen to the podcast to find out more.

Sometimes called a levee and other times a dike

The earthen embankment both blocks the view from its base and promises a scenic vista from its top only to leave you wondering –standing at its crest and looking inward — where the lake starts and if it’s there at all.

Hoover Hill (left) and Lake (right)

With everyone thinking about how to optimally regulate the Lake’s stage, its important to remember that from a design standpoint, the dike-turned-levee was built first and foremost to control (repress) water levels on the outside, not inside, of the levee …

And with the design goal (on the outside) being dry arable ground.