To that end, if you have a copy of one of my books, send me a photo and sate my curiosity.
To that end: one of my books has made it across the big pond to the UK!
“As eusocial insects, termites live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals. Colonies use a decentralized, self-organized systems of activity guided by swarm intelligence to exploit food sources and environments that could not be available to any single insect acting alone.”
Indeed! Like the environment inside a bank vault.
This just in: Termites have broken into a steel chest stored at a bank in Lucknow, India and eaten 10 million rupees, roughly $222,000 in U.S. currency. How they got into the steel chest is a mystery but I’m thinking they used their swarm intelligence to pull off a team heist like in the 1960 movie “Ocean’s 11” or in this case it would be “Ocean’s 1,000,000.”
That’s a lot to be in on a bank job without word getting out to the authorities but if they have actually eaten the money, there will be no evidence of a robbery.
Botanizing was a popular hobby in the mid-1800s. Henry David Thoreau did it as did thousands others. And with over 1,000 flowering plants in Tennessee, there's a lot out there to find in our state alone.
This Saturday, April 23, join me and guest wildflower aficionados Lynne and Bob Davis for an afternoon wildflower search at William Hastie Natural Area in South Knoxville near Ijams.
Free to Ijams members. $5 for non-members. Call 577-4717, ext. 10 to register.
The City of Knoxville and Knox County's Parks and Recreation Departments are offering a new program beginning this weekend that combines walking with an opportunity to learn more about wildflowers.
The walks are organized by Kathleen Gibi, Public Affairs Specialist with the City of Knoxville Parks & Rec.
The Tour de Fleur, a monthly wildflower walking series is set to begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 16 at Ijams Nature Center. The series will continue through the first weekend in September.
Kathleen and I will be leading this first walk along the Will Skelton Greenway from Ijams and venture out onto the breathtaking boardwalk that hangs out over the Tennessee River for a good view of the wildflowers growing along the Bluff.
All Tour de Fleur walks will be on Saturdays and led by a nature guide. Walks will either be on Will Skelton Greenway or the Ten Mile Creek Greenway, developed by both the city and county, in West Knoxville.
- Pictured above: yellow trillium at Ijams Nature Center