Naturalist Steve Irwin died yesterday from a freakish encounter with a sting ray off the coast of Queensland in Australia. Steve was a personal hero of mine who was able to make the natural world a fascinating and exciting subject for the masses. His infectious enthusiasm and unbridled love of God's great earth and all of its fantastically adapted creatures made him a giant among naturalists and someone who I have striven to emulate in my own work.
Steve you will be missed, but I'm sure you're up there in heaven right now wrassling with crocs and kissing pit vipers on the mouth. Thanks for the memories, you shall remain an inspiration to all who love nature and the great outdoors. Rest in peace my friend.