🚣 Paddle slower I hear bagpipes????... (SOUND ON!) .............. 🌝 Last night with tears in my eyes, I saw a long kept dream come true. The Psalty Mavens took to the high seas (well the Tennessee River...) Together we paddled off into the sunset, were serenaded by a bagpipes (yes really) and returned to shore by the light of an almost full moon. ............. 🦄 It was also the perfect time for my baggage to show up. And show up it did when my ego was bruised when I didn’t do everything perfectly (because obviously one should the first time they do something... not🙄). Despite the fact that Psalty Mavens is the opposite of badassery, I found my pride wanting to prove to everyone how much of a bada$$ I am- and in the midst of that I failed to make sure that everyone else felt comfortable and were having a good time. ............ 🌚 And so I finished the evening with a choice- which wolf am I going to feed? The 🐺 that says “see you can’t do this”, “why should they listen to you”, “no one respects you as a leader.” OR the 🐺 who says “Yeah and did you notice that you organized a trip that included a sunset, a bagpipe serenade, a moonlit ending? A trip where no one was hurt, women bonded... What you did, to step out and start this thing took great courage, well done! Yes you did not do it perfect but you learned much, you are brave 🌈.” ............ I’m going with 🐺 #2 ♥️🧡💚💙💜 Big thanks to @riversports for helping to make this happen! #psaltymavens#womenwhopaddle#moonlit
We are proud to announce our opening Permanent and Temporary Exhibitions. Learn more at TNMuseum.org or through the link in our profile. Also, look for the launch of our new web site late next week! Pictured here, with text, from our Collection: Detail from “Belle Isle from Lyon’s View,” a view along the Tennessee River at Knoxville, by James Cameron, oil on canvas, 1861. On exhibit as part of the Museum’s Permanent Exhibitions. #newtnmuseum#knoxville#painting#art#tennessee#tennesseeriver
Fall is almost here and that means cooler weather soon! Starting next week we’re going to offer weekly tips and products you can use to get your home ready for winter. But for now we can hold on to summer for a few more weekends. I hope everyone has a great one!
Thanks, @cheloniagodwin, for letting me tag along on some fun floats this week! . . Jim was collecting water samples for an eDNA (environmental DNA) study on hellbenders, which are very rare in the state of Alabama. This technique is really cool. You may not know it, but you, me, hellbenders, larval aquatic insects, etc., are always shedding/sloughing off tiny fragments of DNA in the form of skin cells, in our waste products, etc. For rare species, scientists and biologists can filter water samples to trap these DNA fragments, they use species-specific primers to try to amplify this DNA (if present) through PCR. If there is amplification, it could mean that this cryptic, rare species is present, and all you had to do was collect some water. It’s a great technique for sensitive species, and it leaves minimal impacts on the environment. Jim has employed this technique on other imperiled species in Alabama like the flattened musk turtle and the Black Warrior waterdog. . . So while Jim was busy doing real science, I was paddling hither and thither catching turtles (some of which were for my research, so I was kind-of sciencing too), but some were just for fun, like the abundant Northern map turtles, which are one of my favorite species. The female in the first photo was caught foraging on snails and clams. The second photo (naturally) is of a stripe-neck musk turtle, a species that I study. I’m working on collecting tissue samples for a population genetics study, and I needed more samples from turtles in the Tennessee River drainage. If any of my followers out there see a lot of stripe-neck musks in a Tennessee River drainage, let me know, I’ll send some vials of ethanol, as I could definitely use some more samples. 😅 #shamelessplug . . . . #alabamawildlife#hellbender#mapturtle#muskturtle#graptemys#sternotherus#cryptobranchus#turtlesofinstagram #🐢 #turtle#biology#herpetology#edna#tennesseeriver