I Believe in the Power of Nature.
In 1971, there was a solar eclipse that was clearly visible in the Eastern United States. My father, who was very interested in nature, suggested that we go to the Okefenokee Swamp in Southern Georgia. This is a nature preserve, which also has a rich history. So we drove down, and this about 5 or 6 hour drive. We stayed at a motel the first night. So the next day around noon we went to Laura Walker State Park in Waycross, Georgia. The road into the park is a long straight road with tall pines along both sides. So the solar eclipse started to happen, and it started to become dark, so we pulled off the road and walked a little bit to the side. Now, mind you, there are a lot of alligators down there, but where we standing was relatively dry, so there were no alligators. The moon started to move across the sun and we had these rudimentary devices to view the event. I can’t remember what we used because now it’s relatively easy to find appropriate glasses to view an eclipse, but back then you had to be very careful.
While the moon was traveling across the sun, the sky was turning dark and the animals started to be very active. Birds were chirping, singing and communicating. Okay, tweeting!!! Frogs, or at least I thought they were frogs, were croaking. The best thing was wolves started howling and howling. It was a magical, fantastic experience. I will never forget it!
Have you had any experience with a natural phenomenon that made a profound impact on you?