Former Presidential candidate and conservative icon Herman Cain has passed.
He died today after battling COVID-19 for the last month.
If Mr Cain and I had ever had a chance to talk about this pandemic and the way it’s taken so many lives, I’m quite sure the discussion would reveal that we were seeing things very differently.
Having said that, it’s a tragedy that Mr Cain has passed from the scene too soon. It’s tragic when anyone is laid low by this horrible disease. Anyone here in the US–anyone, anywhere.
But it’s also true that Herman was in firmly, clearly in the denialist camp. When he attended Donald trump’s Tulsa rally, he and his party sat proudly in the Bank of Oklahoma Center with no masks.
I certainly understand that it’s possible that Mr Cain became infected in some other way. That’s certainly true.
Nevertheless, I seriously doubt whether he and his family did anything that would put them at greater risk than attending that rally in Tulsa back on June 20th.
There have been many large gatherings in the last few months that have put people at great risk. And many Americans are paying a steep price for their apparent rejection of the facts about this pandemic. About the pandemic and ways to lower your risk.
It’s not too late to put the politics around all of this aside, embrace the science and protect yourself.
Do it for your loved ones. Do it because you have something to live for.
Do it even if your family and everyone around you might think you’re stupid. Or that you’re a snowflake.
So many have died because of this accursed virus. Please take the precautions you can to make it less likely that you’ll be one of them.
There are so many on the front lines–volunteers, laymen and professionals–engaged in this work, giving their all to make a difference.
We can support them by contributing our time, contributing financially and by refusing to let other priorities–as urgent as they are–keep us from addressing the singular problem that can render all of the others insignificant.
…it’s all happening at the zoo! And our visit last week confirmed how true that is.
Had a chance to visit The Brevard Zoo again just a few days ago. This fine Central Florida zoo–like most in the country–closed back in March. It reopened about six weeks ago but zoo-lovers must book well in advance and will not be admitted until the time of the reservation comes around.
The few guests that are admitted each half hour can take in some fine sights and see plenty of critters. It was reassuring that with the admission policies and the rules about the wearing of masks and social distancing, the zoo is as safe as any public place can be.
Enjoyed seeing many of the “usual suspects” on this visit. Below is one of the jaguars that call this zoo home. He was just chillin’ and though we only saw him from the neck up, it was pretty cool!
We stayed around to get another shot or two. But Jerry Jaguar soon got bored with our feeble efforts to immortalize him digitally and he went back to what he had been doing before we showed up. Napping, of course!
Because the Brevard Zoo is here in the East Central Florida region, it must have a gator or two. So here are a couple of photos featuring one of the reptilian superstars that were checking us out while I was angling for a good spot to catch him for posterity.
Mike Macaw was enjoying the pleasant mid-afternoon slice of a fine Thursday. As usual, he wasn’t doing much besides just looking authentic and colorful.
The Brevard Zoo has a large and colorful aquarium and it kept me entertained for quite a while. Here’s one photo that’s ready for prime-time.
Our piscine friends seemed to be enjoying their their afternoon cruising all about. I understand they sometimes travel in schools of three…
One of my favorite things to do at the zoo is to get photos of some of the vistas that don’t actually feature a creature at all. The beautiful landscapes at this–or any zoo–can keep a shutterbug like me entralled for hours.
Zoos are the one place where ordinary people can observe an assortment of animals, learn something about them and their habitats, and how they’re faring in the natural world.
The girl in this picture is enjoying a rare opportunity to observe a wild primate up close; this encounter was fun for all but–sad to say–involved neither a real girl nor an actually monkey.
The Brevard Zoo offers something you won’t find in most zoos: a chance to go on a guided kayak tour around a good portion of the park.
We arrived too late to take advantage of the tour but found that the view from the pavilion where guest wait until their tours begin, was splendid, indeed. Have a look, I think you’d agree.
Being annual passholders for this fine zoological park, located in Melbourne, Florida, is something we feel very good about. I’ve taken many trips to plenty of zoos; more than I can count, truth be told.
Photography is a very big deal to me and today is a day I wanted to get a photo or two up on the blog.
It’s true that there’s not a lot left of this auspicious day, but here we go…
We did have a fabulous trip to Silver Springs State Park about ten days ago. It was my third trip to the Park all total. The weather was ideal, the camping was top-shelf and there were lots of good photo ops, of course.
There’s a lot to the park besides the well-known springs. I’ll have more about that coming in another post. But today’s post is a quick look into the springs part of Silver Springs.
The glass bottom boat tour is always a treat. But there were plenty of kayakers and boaters out that day as well as the conditions for an outdoor excursion were as good as it gets.
Here are a couple of outdoor lovers paddling about on that lovely summer afternoon.
Boaters were well-represented too. The couple here seemed to be having a good outing. That old saying “a bad day on the water is better than your best day at the office” comes to mind.
An outing as good as this one certainly deserves more than just one quick post. I’ll have more to say about the visit and more photos in the near future.
Happy explorations to everyone. If you get outdoors soon, social distancing is the order of the day.