Jake’s Sunday Post: Natural Resources


“The nation behaves well, if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation, increased and not impaired in value.”   ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Jake’s Sunday Post theme this week is natural resources, and there are so many ways one could approach this challenge. Wiki defines the term like this, “Natural resources occur naturally within environments that exist relatively undisturbed by mankind, in a natural form…………..Some are essential for our survival, whilst most are used for satisfying our wants.”

One of the world’s most used, non-renewable natural resources, is oil, and it’s being used at a rate much faster than nature can create it. I was fascinated to see several pumpjacks, popularly known as a ‘nodding donkeys’, when we were travelling through the countryside, on our way to Mount Rushmore.

Another natural resources has to be our magnificent wild animals. Sadly, because of man’s greed and ignorance, some species, like these rhinos, are becoming in danger of extinction. Rhinos have been around for over 50 million years, but the world population of rhinos has dropped by 90% in the past 30 years. Since the start of the “poaching epidemic” in South Africa in 2008, the country has lost over 1500 rhinos. Because of a belief by some people, that powdered rhino horn has the power to cure many medical conditions, from impotency to cancer, it is selling on the international market for $60,000, and is more expensive than gold, platinum and cocaine.

I love to visit our wildlife parks in South Africa, where the emphasis is on conservation and the protection of  various endangered species.

The big cats are definitely my favourites.

Water, as we all know, is a very necessary natural resource, but for those of you who don’t like to drink it neat, here is a pic of the Cave Spring Hollow in Lynchburg TN, which has been the water source for  Jack Daniel’s whiskey, for over 140 years.

Of course, we all have to eat to survive, and yesterday, I paid a visit to our favourite local grocery store. On display were many examples of natural resources which had been grown and harvested especially for human consumption.

In spite of Thanksgiving a couple of days ago, there were still plenty of these left. It seems that turkeys aren’t in any danger of becoming extinct, at least in America,

Many more sources of protein are available from our natural resources under the sea,

and I bought some of this lovely fresh salmon for dinner this evening.

Of course, when all’s said and done, I’m sure you’ll agree that the most precious of all our natural resources, which needs to be nurtured, protected and treasured, are our children, for they are the hope of the world tomorrow.

To find links to more posts on Jake’s fascinating theme, just click here.

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86 comments on “Jake’s Sunday Post: Natural Resources

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  4. Well laid out post Ad, and beautifully illustrated.
    I saw something on FB the other day – since JZ took over here, rhino poaching has risen with almost 100%…

  5. The rhino situation makes me mad, when will these selfish people realise just how insane they are? Yesterday I saw photos of tiny seahorses to eat, why? Grrh!
    Apart from that I love your big cat photos, great fresh food and your lovely grandchildren 🙂

    • Me too, Gilly, and it’s getting worse all the time. Seahorses are considered a delicacy in China, and are also used for “medicinal” purposes in Asian countries. Apparently they taste vile. That should be enough warning not to eat the cute little critters. 🙂

  6. You always come up with the most outstanding photos for these type competitions.. it amazes me the areas you have been to in your life and the photo record you have… I would guess you must have hundreds of thousands of photos on your computer… I just love this blog, never have I visited your site without being completely in-awed of it… and somehow you always manage to put the icing on the cake,, the last photo just says it all… I love this post, and am thankful I found it….

  7. The last shot of the kids was the frosting on an already marvelous post! Your first shot reminded me of the pumpjacks I saw driving through Texas ages ago where they had them painted to look like nodding grasshoppers. It did tend to make them look just a tad less ugly.

    • Thanks so much, Gunta. I love that pic, although it was taken a good few years ago. To me it’s a picture of trust and innocence. They were dreaming of Santa on Christmas Eve. 🙂

  8. This is a lovely thought provoking post! I love all the shots especially if the grand kids! Now are the food pics from Whole Foods? It looks like it with it’s beautiful quality and display. 🙂

      • Ahhh….I love Winn Dixie! We don’t have them here but my parents have them. We have a strange thing going in our grocery store market here. Only four top ones that are very expensive and then really low end. Nothing in between. It is strange. Even Whole Foods is very expensive in MN but I love it. Wish we had more competition.

      • Oh…I need to move to Florida! It is so strange why our grocery store prices are so outrageous! I’ve lived in WI and Chicago and it was no where near it is here.

  9. yes, a thoughtful storyline, lovely animal photos and the perfect ending with children to remind us what conservation of natural resources is all about 🙂

  10. Smashing post Sylvia and how right you are about our future generations. I think it’s such a shame that the role of looking after children is so undervalued in our society. It is the most important job there is and if there is a choice, those early years are way too important to subcontract in my opinion. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Adrian. You’re so right about the importance of proper parenting in those formative years. It really pays off, and your children bless you for it. 🙂

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