In which my friend meets a Florida Panther

One evening earlier this week, my friend Brizos was driving home from work.  He wrote to me,

“As I drove home from Marco Island, Florida on the causeway (951/Collier Blvd) that connects Marco Island to Naples, I had to stop in the middle of the road for a perfectly healthy, very large Florida Panther.  There weren’t many cars on the road but this guy just STOPPED… in the middle of the road. Of course being the brave and mighty Brizos, I actually was considering getting out of the truck and going up to check on him… [my friend thought better of that idea] … Anyway, this guy (yes he was definitely a boy) just stood in the middle of the road – and stared at me for a moment or two before deciding to jaunt around and head back into the wood.”

So, Brizos asked me to address the Florida Panther, and how it fits in with the Florida Earthways Path.

I directed him to the Cougar/Mountain Lion/Puma page on the wonderful website, http://www.animalspirits.com/index1.html .  It has an awesome photo of a Cougar, and a story about the Cougar from the Zunis.  According to the website, the

Cougar/Mountain Lion/Puma’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Using leadership power wisely and without ego
  • Balancing power, intention, strength
  • Gaining self-confidence
  • Freedom from guilt
  • Cunning

  In the Florida Earthways Path, the Florida Panther represents the North, the Earth. My Friend was driving NORTH on 951, through-and-into this Panther’s Territory* and he sees this Cat, (a large wild animal yet a little smaller than my friend,) the Cat’s standing there, with the attitude like he is singing “I Won’t Back Down” by  Tom Petty and  Jeff Lynne. 

  So here are some additional questions: 

    1.    Which way did Panther go, when he went off into the woods?  East or West?  That will provide us with more information.

     2.    What were you thinking about, just before you saw him? We must practice Mindfulness at all times, which isn’t easy…

 * The Florida Panther Habitat intersects with the Florida Everglades. 

What a blessing this is to you, my friend!

Watch out for this Cat and his family as you travel through this vast wet land.

 A-Ho!  (It is so!)

WhaleMaiden.

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11/14/2010:  I have edited this post. ~WM~

Heading Into Hurricane Season

Since we are up to about the 5th named storm of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season, I guess it is about time to acknowledge that we may finally be heading into Hurricane Season in the Florida Earthways Path.   The New Moon was August 9th.  {I have been monitoring the coincidence of lunar phases with the changes of the Seasons in the Florida Earthways Path for a few years.  That’s a topic for another post…}

I believe that the storms and hurricanes that occur in the earlier part of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, (June-July) are realitively small compared to the ones that develop later in the year.  So, that is why I divide the Atlantic Hurricane Season into “Rainy Season,” and “Hurricane Season”  in the Florida Earthways Path.

(edited for clarity, 8-14-2010)

Fire Season Returns

Fire Season Has Begun.

Here in Southwest Florida, according to the Florida Earthways Path, we have the following Seasons:

Fire Season, which runs from about mid-February to mid-April.

Rainy Season, which runs from mid-April to mid-August.

Hurricane Season, which runs from mid-August to mid-November, and,

Dry Season, which runs from mid-November to mid-February.

Please note, The Florida Earthways Path’s Hurricane Season, is different from the one established by the various official agencies. That runs from June 1 to November 1.  Also, please note that these The Florida Earthways Path Seasons, do not coincide with the typical Seasons of Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, or of the Holidays of Imbolc, Beltaine, Lammas, or Mabon.

And how do we know that Fire Season has started? Well for one thing, it is mid-February. And, there is something on Fire and you can smell it in the air. Also, most of the vegetation is totally dried up tan-dun-yellow- and the wind has been relentless.

(This Post was first published at  WhaleMaiden – SuburbanShaman Blog, https://whalemaidensuburbanshaman.wordpress.com/     on February 11, 2010 at 20:59.) 

WhaleMaiden’s Suburban Shaman Blog

I’m Whale Maiden.  I explore the mundane and the magical in Southwest Florida, from a Florida Earthways Path perspective.   Some of the Posts on this Blog were originally published at:

http://whimsywoman.wordpress.com/

and, a few also were previously published at:

http://whalemaidensblog.blogspot.com/