Hurricane Irma – A mighty wind

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba

The NOAA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8:00 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8, 2017

 

On August 30th, near the Cape Verde Islands, a beast began to take its shape. Though no less of a tragedy, eyes shifted from recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey in stricken Texas to the Florida panhandle. In less than seven days time, the monstrous wave that began off the coast of western Africa morphed into a Category 5 hurricane on September 5. As it took form, Hurricane Irma became most anticipated hurricane in United States history. The storm turned out to be catastrophic to the British Virgin Isles, Haiti, and many parts of the continental United States of America.

Destruction by Irma in Barbuda

Barbuda after Hurricane Irma

While tragedy took hold in the United States without question, Barbuda – for the first time in three centuries – is now a residential island for zero peoples. Clearing limbs and having to shell out for a bit of roof work does not register in the realm of life’s good times. But imagine this. You pack up, and are forced to make last minute decisions of what things in your life hold the most value. In the same movement, you must decide which things you now realize mean very little to you. All this was done in preparation for something you weren’t sure would happen. To your chagrin, it not only happens, but it happens with such force that your home is now “uninhabitable.” Those words are usually not part of the human construct, reserved for natural habitats for animals. Surely, there is no more displacing feeling to be found in this life. An entire established culture out in a matter of hours by the most evolved form of natural selection.

Floridians and many in southern Georgia didn’t experience the total devastation seen in the Caribbean, it was certainly a formidable force to encounter. When the storm made its well-anticipated landfall on a Sunday, almost seven million residents found themselves without the privilege of electricity. If you do not have unlimited data on your cell service plan, when you see your next bill, a hug might be in order. An entire week without wireless safety will upset the ole’ routine in more than a couple ways! One thing is for absolute certain. The impressive response time and efforts shelled out by the most courageous linemen in the power business have not gone unnoticed. It has been truly refreshing to see a stream of “thank you” updates replacing the political rants and misplaced rage that bombards us daily.

We are thankful to be back up and running strong, and hope everyone’s lives are creeping back to normal. If you are lucky enough to be among those unscathed by Hurricane Irma’s visit to Florida, there is no better way to show your appreciation than to extend a hand to those in need. Benefits are being put together currently in multiple communities and blood – as always – is one of the most prudent necessities. Please see your local donor offices to help save the lives that needn’t be lost. Donating just a little bit of yourself can mean life or death to someone else. Take care of each other, and we will continue to weather whatever storm comes our way.

 

Luckily we experienced almost no damage.  Come on board for a relaxing river cruise and enjoy our amazing sunsets.  (more…)

 

 

St. Johns River threatened to be overloaded with nutrient content

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

St Johns River near Jacksonville

 

There is no work more noble than that of the volunteer Ban Ki-moon. He wisely ascertained, “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”

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Killer Whales are Members of the Dolphin Family

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Orca - Killer Whale in the ocean

 

Making a trip to one of the Sea World locations used to be the stuff daydreams were made of for children as well as adults. While the killer whale was not unheard of, its popularity went up exponentially for those who watched the film “Free Willy”. And chances were that if you had watched it once, you were sure to view it another time or two. Who doesn’t love a good movie ending in a victorious, daring animal rescue to wrap up the story’s plot line.

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Beach Erosion A Widespread Problem

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Beach on Amelia Island

 

Last year, the Florida’s coastline and others experienced a blow that has only been equaled a few times in the past century. Hurricane Matthew was an undisputed tragedy. Residents of Amelia Island evacuated to central areas in Georgia and other safe zones for shelter from the storm. Hundreds of people in the  Caribbean lost their lives, poorly manicured municipal tree lines and other factors cost tens of thousands to be without power, beaches were flooded up to the dunes. While the storm causes a great deal of erosion, the process is certainly nothing new, and a footnote to the erosion playing out on a much larger scale over time.

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Jellyfish: The Florida Five

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish

 

Recently, we’ve discussed how the media’s portrayal of sharks – particularly the great white – in the movie “Jaws” has distorted the general public’s view of sharks as a species. While there’s no real need to be on the lookout for sharks in the water, there is one group of troublemakers that go unnoticed rather easily. Jellyfish are mainly such a threat because their movement is hard to predict. In whichever direction the might flow, it is entirely dependent on the current of the waters they inhabit. In that sense, their movement isn’t all that different from our own. They don’t choose to go in any certain direction. The tides shift them whichever way it pleases. In mankind’s journey through its existence, life’s own version of tides is known to us as happenings. Things happen to us, and we find ourselves moving with the flow – just trying to stay “afloat.”

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Galeophobia: Irrationality at Work

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

A day at the beach

 

We’ve reached that part of the year. While grinding away in our cubicles and spinning around unproductively in our office chairs daydreaming, the most common destination of said daydreams is a hazy memory of the beach. For many, it’s almost like winning the lottery when they get a chance to visit their favorite sandy spot. It makes sense. Vacation is all about relaxation. With the private sector basically trademarking the sound of waves crashing, the most relaxing sound to the human ear has been programmed into alarm clocks and overhead speakers in the majority of spas across the globe. We are subconsciously programmed to yearn for the place where the sand meets the water. While the sounds of the ocean are quite relaxing, many learn that the inhabitants of the ocean have been known to cause us humans a fairly enormous amount of both stress, and debilitating pain. What is the biggest fear of ocean waders?

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Boating Safety 101

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Changing Weather

 

Of course, we at Amelia River Cruises would love for every time you set foot on a boat to be one of our own. However, that will not always be the case. Whether just going out for a fishing day or buying your own vessel, you need to be prepared and well advised on boating safety.

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Sunsets Are Nature’s Chaotic Art

Saturday, July 8th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Sunset

 

There is not one reason but many to go on a river cruise with us. In fact we feel there are more than 10. We like to think that our dedicated, talented team shares in the bulk of the reason for our success. However, we would be foolish in thinking that we held most credit for the overall cruise experience. Nature’s greatest gift to our good fortune – not to mention the abundance of life in general is due to the radiance one of our solar systems smallest star, the Sun. While the continuance of life on earth is its’ main purpose, this giant burning ball of gas just happens to work a 2nd job, too. It serves as the single greatest display of what beauty our planet is capable to reflect and this all on its’ own. These past couple years spent writing to you all about all the intriguing environmental issues existing today, what makes beautiful things beautiful, and I’ve learned. Especially in times or sorrow, it is often that we look to nature for consolation. More often than down, our eyes tend to gaze up, and towards the endless sky to seek out uncannily illusive answers to our own inner-dialogue’s questions. The wind at your back, tide beneath your feet, and the Sun sucker-punching you in the face – at just the right angle – all bring fleeing moments of serenity, even joy.

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The Myth of Moby Dick the Sperm Whale

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Sperm Whales

 

Everyone loves a good story. The depth and detail at which are the true storytellers of their time would go the distance to find the point where things come “full circle” was staggering. Men and their voices and so on. These fire-side stories became lore. Then, lore became fiction. Fiction begets superstition like no other trigger could advocate. Now, you’re emotionally invested in the hero or villain of your current story. In common fashion, the masses all tend to end up cheering for the sure thing, our story’s hero. Emerging and barely nicked from his opponent’s noble, but inadequate blow. It just doesn’t work without a villain. Everyone loves a monster. The sperm whales’ size brought its species attention from writers looking for a monster. With no trouble and much haste, they would soon find their deep blue dwelling character study. Shortly after, the Sperm whale was seen to be – bluntly said – a murderous mammal. If living among the same peers, in the same time, you attended the release of Moby Dick’s first edition publishing, what might your initial reaction have been. And what do we even know about this monster of the abyss?

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Sirens and Smoke in the Okefenokee Swamp

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Wildfire

 

There are several forces of nature that are inevitably going to occur annually due to the planet’s own person cleansing process. It’s hard enough to keep the faith as things are in the average citizen’s normal daily grind. Trials and tribulations are in no short supply for the working men and women trying to stay afloat. When along comes a natural disaster that changes you and your neighbors lives in the most unnatural and unpredictable way. Wildfires are an increasing concern among citizens in the Southeastern part of the United States. We tend to think the main cause for these fires is the lack of rain that dries up the land to the extent that fires ignite. However it turns out that humans are far more connected than one might presume. It is estimated that over 80 percent of all fires originating in the wild and forest areas are caused by negligence. While unintentional, these are crimes against Nature. In some circumstances, fires lite because of someone’s careless errors in the wild. Unfortunately the loss of human life is an all too regular occurrence.

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