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Quote of the Day: Joe Hutto

November 22nd, 2017

“The vitality and aggressive nature of these young wild turkeys constantly impresses me. They are exuberant and energetic but never belie an underlying seriousness about their lives. I see in them an awareness and a presence that remind me of how relatively dull my own senses are. They never fail to warn me of the slightest element of interest in our environments: a squirrel or bird in a nearby tree, a snake passing quietly nearby, or a hawk soaring at an altitude that is almost invisible to me.”

Joe Hutto Illumination in the Flatwoods

A friend loaned me this book last week and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it. I particularly appreciate it because I’ve raised turkeys from poults and I’ve watched mama turkeys raise clutches of young in the yard.

Turkeys are special birds, especially ones you raise yourself. Our original mama turkey is one of the best birds we have, she’s very vocal and chats with us regularly. She also loved to get petted and will follow me around purring away when I’m in the turkey yard. They’re also remarkable guardians for chickens and other birds. The turkeys alert the other birds to predators, especially hawks. They seem to spot things much quicker than chickens and ducks do.

If you enjoy nature, birds, and botany, check this book out (Littles for scale). If you have a nature lover in your family this would be a great Christmas gift.

What great books are you reading this week? 

3 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Joe Hutto”
  1. Misti on November 22, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I love that book! I am like 3/4 of the way through—I started it last year but never finished it. It was a book I was slowly reading and savoring.

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  2. Nebraska Dave on November 23, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Susy, I’m reading a book called “A wartime garden” by Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, and Alexander Langlands. I watched the videos on YouTube some years ago where they lived for a year as the people of Britain did during the war years. I’m just drawn to books about survival hardship times.Not that I ever want to live that way but to me it’s fascinating to see just how blessed we are in a culture that has every thing in abundance and think we don’t.

    It really makes me thankful for all the conveniences that surround me every day. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    Nebraska Dave

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    • Susy on December 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Sounds interesting, I’ll look it up.

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