Manitou Cave of ALabama

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We respect & protect this historic sacred site through conservation & education so that the cave, land & water are preserved for visitors and wildlife, as a place of peace


The Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Ms. Toni Bruner as the new Executive Director of Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education. Ms. Bruner has an extensive environmental education background, and she is thoroughly familiar with Alabama’s education system. “Toni is an outstanding educator and a natural at building networks and relationships. We expect Toni’s contacts, knowledge, skills and enthusiasm will propel Legacy to new levels of success’, says David West, Legacy Board President. Toni becomes the third Executive Director in the 30 year history of Legacy, Inc., and the transition is expected to be seamless.

Ms. Bruner, a Troy University graduate, most recently served as Education Coordinator for Auburn University’s Museum of Natural History. Before that, she worked for the Cook Museum of Natural History developing their educational department and assisting with exhibit creation. Toni serves on numerous education boards, and she is the current president of the Alabama Environmental Education Association.

Toni began her career in environmental education eighteen years ago as the office assistant with Legacy. She says, “I feel like I am coming home, and I am super excited to help move Legacy forward”.

Welcome home, Toni!

Thanks to Lori Stabler & Friends from Fla & ALa for special day  “Return to the Womb of the Mother Gaia” at Manitou & fo...

Thanks to Lori Stabler & Friends from Fla & ALa for special day “Return to the Womb of the Mother Gaia” at Manitou & for your generous donation.


Desoto State Park is the fifth-most visited natural destination according to the Alabama Department of Tourism,


The Alabama State Parks $85M bond measure passed garnering 77% of the vote. ✅


Originally called Bat Cave, Cathedral Caverns was opened to the public by Jacob Gurley in the 1950s. The cave was renamed because of its cathedral-like appearance. Purchased by the state in 1987, it was opened as a State Park in the summer of 2000. The first feature most people notice about Cathedra...


Photo from before dawn yesterday at Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge… from





It's Spring, and heating up out there. Several Families have asked me about mosquitoes, and ways to keep them away, so here is some good info.....Purple Martins in your yard would be the best way to keep the populations down, because those little guys eat about 2000 mosquitoes each every day. You second choice would be plants that keep them away.

You might want to add a few of these in your garden, so you and your family will have an enjoyable time grilling out and relaxing in your backyard this Summer. Nothing disturbs your fun faster than pesky mosquitoes buzzing around your head. You can always cover up with long sleeves and a hat or apply insect repellent, but there may be another way. Have you ever thought of adding some mosquito-repelling plants to your garden?

The oils found in certain plants, especially herbs, are found to be natural mosquito deterrents, and will help keep your garden mosquito-free. Here is a list of 8 popular plants that have been proven to repel mosquitoes.

LEMON BALM--Also known as horsemint, this hardy perennial repels mosquitoes by giving off a strong, incense-like odor, similar to citronella grass. The smell, however, does not deter bees and butterflies. The plant is fast growing, drought resistant and reseeds itself easily. You can grow it in a planter that can be moved to a seating area when you want some relief from pesky mosquitoes. �

FRENCH MARIGOLDS--Many families use French Marigolds in vegetable gardens and in containers during the summer months to help repel other insects, but their mosquito-repelling ability hasn’t been widely advertised. Plant marigolds in containers as you normally would, but then place the containers anywhere in the garden where you want a mosquito-free zone.

CATNIP--It is well known as a medicinal herb, but less known for is its mosquito-repelling ability. The natural oil within the leaves has been proven to be 10 times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes.�� Plant catnip around your patio and deck, but remember that cats love it also.

BASIL--One of the few herbs that give off a scent without the leaves having to be crushed or rustled. There are many varieties of basil, but the ones with the most mosquito-repelling powers include lemon basil and cinnamon basil. You can plant in your Garden, or in containers around your patio. You can also take a few basil leaves and rub them on your skin. The oils will deter any nearby mosquito from bugging you while you work.

LAVENDER--The scent of Lavender tends to ward off many insects. You can plant Lavender in containers around seating areas to deter mosquitos, and can also try making your own natural insect repellent with lavender leaves.

CITRONELLA GRASS--Many of the natural insect repellents found on the market today contain citronella oil, which comes from citronella grass. Many families burn candles and lanterns containing citronella oil to repel mosquitoes. In addition to its mosquito-repelling abilities, it’s also an attractive ornamental grass. Plant it along walkways and seating areas to deter mosquitoes, but wear gloves, as handling the plant can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions when grass blades are broken.

SAGE--Besides repelling mosquitos, Sage also repels several other annoying pests. It is not only known to repel flies but cabbage moths and black flea beetles as well. You can grow in your Garden, or in containers around patio or deck.

ROSEMARY--Primarily used in culinary seasonings and herbal remedies, but is also great for repelling fleas and mosquitoes. Rosemary can be grown in containers, but grows up to 6 feet in height, so probably best in Garden or yard close to seating and entertaining areas.

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Did you know that some w**ds we are always worried about in our yards and Gardens are actually good for you, and can be delicious if prepared properly? Be sure to identify the w**ds correctly (The ones described here are easy to spot.) Avoid harvesting from anyplace you suspect pollution — such as from vehicle exhaust, lawn pesticide or doggy business. And remember that edible does not mean allergen-free. Here are 9 good ones:

Dandelion is one of the healthiest and most versatile vegetables on the planet. The entire plant is edible. The leaves are like vitamin pills, containing generous amounts of vitamins A, C and K — far more than those garden tomatoes, in fact — along with calcium, iron, manganese, and potassium.

The leaves are most tender, and tastiest, when they are young. This happens in the spring but also all summer along as the plant tries to rebound after being cut or pulled. You can add them to soup in great abundance. Or you can prepare them Italian style by sautéing with a little olive oil, salt, garlic and some hot red pepper.

You can eat the bright, open flower heads in a lightly fried batter. You can also make a simple wine with the flowers by fermenting them with raisins and yeast. If you are slightly adventurous, you can roast the dandelion root, grind it, and brew it like coffee. It's an acquired taste. You might want to have some sugar on hand.

If you've ever lived in the city, you have seen good ol' Portulaca olearacea, or common purslane. The stuff grows in cracks in the sidewalk. Aside from being surprisingly tasty for a crack dweller, purslane tops the list of plants with omega-3 fatty acids, the type of healthy fat found in salmon.
If you dislike the bitter taste of dandelion greens, you still might like the lemony taste of purslane. The stems, leaves and flowers are all edible; and they can be eaten raw on salads — as they are prepared worldwide — or lightly sautéed.

You should keep a few things in mind, though, before your harvest. Watch out for spurge, a similar-looking sidewalk-crack dweller. Spurge is much thinner than purslane, and it contains a milky sap, so you can easily differentiate it. Also, your mother might have warned you about eating things off the sidewalk; so instead, look for purslane growing in your garden, or consider transplanting it to your garden from a sidewalk.

Also, note the some folks incorrectly call purslane "pigw**d," but that's a different w**d — edible but not as tasty.

Lamb's-quarters are like spinach, except they are healthier, tastier and easier to grow. Lamb's-quarters, also called goosefoot, usually need more than a sidewalk crack to grow in, unlike dandelion or purslane. Nevertheless, they can be found throughout the urban landscape, wherever there is a little dirt.

The best part of the lamb's-quarters are the leaves, which are slightly velvety with a fine white powder on their undersides. Discard any dead or diseased leaves, which are usually the older ones on the bottom of the plant. The leaves and younger stems can be quickly boiled or sautéed, and they taste like a cross between spinach and Swiss chard with a slight nutty after-taste.

Maybe that taste combination doesn't appeal to you, but lamb's-quarters are ridiculously healthy. A one-cup serving will give you 10 times the daily-recommended dose of vitamin K; three times the vitamin A; more than enough vitamin C; and half your daily dose of calcium and magnesium.

Plantain, like dandelion, is a healthy, hardy w**d as ubiquitous in the city as broken glass. You know what it looks like, but you might not have known the name.
Part of the confusion is that plantain shares its name with something utterly different, the banana-like plantain, whose etymology is a mix of Spanish and native Caribbean. The so-called w**d plantain, or Plantago major, was cultivated in pre-Columbus Europe; and indeed Native Americans called it "the white man's footprint," because it seemed to follow European settlers.

Plantain has a nutritional profile similar to dandelion — that is, loaded with iron and other important vitamins and minerals. The leaves are tastiest when small and tender, usually in the spring but whenever new shoots appear after being cut back by a lawnmower. Bigger leaves are edible but bitter and fibrous.

The shoots of the broadleaf plantain, when green and tender and no longer than about four inches, can be described as a poor-man's fiddlehead, with a nutty, asparagus-like taste. Pan-fry in olive oil for just a few seconds to bring out this taste. The longer, browner shoots are also tasty prepared the same way, but the inner stem is too fibrous. You'll need to place the shoot in your mouth, clench with your teeth, and quickly pull out the stem. What you're eating are the plantain seeds.

The leaves of the equally ubiquitous narrow-leaf plantain, or Plantago lanceolata, also are edible when young. The shoot is "edible" only with quotation marks. You can eat the seeds should you have the patience to collect hundreds of plants for the handful of seeds you'd harvest. With time being money, it's likely not worth it.

One of the not-so-ugly w**ds worth pulling and keeping is chickw**d. Identified by purple stems, fuzzy green leaves, and starry white flower petals, this w**d is a fantastic source of vitamins A, D, B complex, and C. It also contains minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium. Chickw**d (Stellaria media) has a cornsilk-like flavor when eaten raw, and tastes similar to spinach when it is cooked. [1]

Chickw**d nourishes the lymph and glandular systems, and can heal cysts, fevers, and inflammation. It can help neutralize acid and help with yeast overgrowth and fatty deposits, too.
Additionally, chickw**d can be finely chopped and applied externally to irritated skin. Steep the plant in ¼ cup of boiling water for 15 minutes, and chickw**d provides benefits similar to dandelion root. Speaking of dandelion…

Other than the occasional four-leafed clover hunt, this common lawn w**d goes mostly unnoticed, even though it is becoming popular as a lawn replacement altogether. Clover is an important food for honeybees and bumblebees, and clover leaves and flowers can be used to add variety to human meals as well. Small amounts of raw clover leaves can be chopped into salads, or can be sauteed and added to dishes for a green accent, and the flowers of both red and white clover can be eaten raw or cooked, or dried for tea.

Mallow, or malva, is also known as cheesew**d, due to the shape of its seed pods, and can be found in many lawns or garden beds across the US. The leaves and the seed pods (also called the 'fruit') are both edible, either raw or cooked, and like many greens, are often more tender and palatable when smaller and less mature. The older leaves can be used like any other cooked green after steaming, boiling, or sauteing them.

The leaves of the wild amaranth, also known as pigw**d, are another great addition to any dish that calls for leafy greens, and while the younger leaves are softer and tastier, the older leaves can also be cooked like spinach. The seeds of the wild amaranth can be gathered and cooked just like store-bought amaranth, either as a cooked whole grain or as a ground meal, and while it does take a bit of time to gather enough to add to a meal, they can be a a good source of free protein.

It sounds like a cruel joke, but stinging nettles — should you be able to handle them without getting a painful rash from the tiny, acid-filled needles — are delicious cooked or prepared as a tea.

You may have brushed by these in the woods or even in your garden, not knowing what hit you, having been trained all your life to identify poison ivy and nothing else. The tiny needles fortunately fall off when steamed or boiled. The trick is merely using garden gloves to get the nettles into a bag.

Nettles tastes a little like spinach, only more flavorful and more healthful. They are loaded with essential minerals you won't find together outside a multivitamin bottle, and these include iodine, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, silica and sulfur. Nettles also have more protein than most plants.

You can eat the leaves and then drink the water as tea, with or without sugar, hot or cold. If you are adventurous — or, you can collect entire plants to dry in your basement. The needles will eventually fall off, and you can save the dried leaves for tea all winter long. Info by Christopher Wanjek

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"I wouldn't be surprised to know that there are species found in these caves that have never been reported or described by science until now," one researcher said.


Alabama is filled with natural beauty, and there’s probably nothing more beautiful than the arrival of the Cahaba lilies each spring. The plant is super rare (more about that later) and even more gorgeous. In fact, when Naturalist William Bartram viewed the lilies before the Revolutionary War, he ...


LUNAR ECLIPSE TONIGHT: Don’t forget we have a total lunar eclipse tonight… it will be visible in eastern North America, including Alabama. Unlike a solar eclipse, no special viewing precautions are necessary. During totality between 10:29 and 11:54 p.m. CT, the moon turns a dark orange or red, which is often referred to as a “blood moon.” As sunlight passes through our atmosphere, the green, blue and violet portion of the light spectrum is filtered out while yellow, orange and especially red bend around the earth and onto the moon’s surface giving it the reddish color.

Lunar eclipses only occur during a full moon. The May full moon is known as the Flower Moon simply because it’s the time of the year when wildflowers are in full bloom.


Indian Trails and Early Roads written in 1900byPeter J. HamiltonScroll down to read story (Unedited Transcription from Publications of the Alabama Historical Society, Miscellaneous.. Volume 1


The larger-than-life composition is mostly invisible to the naked eye. Advanced technology helped uncover the stunning composition.


The site in Jefferson County is now part of the expanding Cahaba Blueway.


By Mark Kelly


Event held at Flat Rock Park in Lineville highlights Alabama’s beautiful resources.


Cary Norton and Jared Ragland’s collaborative series "Where You Come From is Gone" explores the history that occurred in the American South between Hernando DeSoto’s first exploitation of native peoples in the 16th century and Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act 300 years later.


GUSDUGGER TINTYPE PHOTOGRAPHS is a collaborative project by Birmingham-based photographers CARY NORTON + JARED RAGLAND. 


in-progress WHAT HAS BEEN WILL BE AGAIN Made with support from The Do Good Fund, Magnum Foundation, Columbus State University, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Coleman...

Thanks to award winning fine art photographer Jared Ragland, (now in Utah) & Birmingham based professional photographers...

Thanks to award winning fine art photographer Jared Ragland, (now in Utah) & Birmingham based professional photographers Cary Norton, Rob Culpepper, & C.W. Newell for visiting Manitou Cave of ALabama to creatively photo cave to include in upcoming progressive exhibition in Oct. “ What has been will be again”
Jared Ragland upcoming Select exhibitions:
The Do Good Fund, Columbus, GA, May 4–June 16, 2022
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL, June 18–Sept. 11, 2022 (upcoming)
Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, AL, October. 2022 (upcoming)


Jared Ragland upcoming Select exhibitions:
The Do Good Fund, Columbus, GA, May 4–June 16, 2022
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL, June 18–Sept. 11, 2022 (upcoming)
Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, AL, October. 2022 (upcoming)


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The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars.
The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.
The dandelion flower opens to greet the morning and closes in the evening to go to sleep.
Every part of the dandelion is useful: root, leaves, flower. It can be used for food, medicine and dye for colouring.
Up until the 1800s people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “w**ds” like chickw**d, malva, and chamomile.
The name dandelion is taken from the French word “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth, referring to the coarsely-toothed leaves.
Dandelions have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.
Seeds are often carried as many as 5 miles from their origin !

Artist Mariya Kovalyov



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Cahaba Heights, AL


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