An In-Depth Look At Where and How Nature Celebrates “Bald”

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IN THE NATURAL WORLD, BEING CALLED “BALD” ISN’T NEARLY AS DISAGREEABLE AS IT IS IN THE HUMAN WORLD.

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Nature may abhor a vacuum, but it seems to love bald spots. Or at least, people seem to enjoy attaching the name bald to some of nature’s finest landmarks and animals.

Bald Animals

Animals? Yes indeed. We all know about the bald eagle, of course, the proud symbol of the United States.

But there’ s also the bald buzzard, also called the fish hawk or osprey; the bald uakari, which likes the swampy jungles of South America; the bald ibis, which is in grave danger of becoming extinct; and even the bald-faced hornet.

And that’s not counting those animals that enterprising scientists have managed to make hairless through special breeding.

Bald Mountains

The list of mountains and hills that are “baldly” named is quite staggering. There are quite a few, with such names asBald Mountain and here; Bald Peak; Bald Rock; Bald Knob and here; Bald Head Cliff; and Bald Head Mountain.

Plenty of water locales get into the act, as well. There’s Bald Knob Lake; Bald River Falls; Bald Eagle Pond; and Bald Eagle Lagoon, among many others.

Spelunkers can enjoy exploring Rumbling Bald Cave, and those in the mood for an island excursion can try Bald Head Island and here.

Bald Plants

The plant world also likes to get into the act, as witnessed by the bald cypress (the official state tree of Louisiana) and the bald brome.

And, just to prove that hair loss issues are not confined solely to the human race, we can see that some flowers experience bald spots and that some mountains believe that a cloud toupee can cover any signs of hairline (or possibly tree line?) recession.

Perhaps you’ve vacationed at a bald location we missed or know of another bald animal deserving of attention. If so, share it with us. Let us know what other examples of bald nature are out there.