A couple of somewhat random shots that had been on deck, just waiting for an excuse to be posted. Not really sure what’s under the microscope. However, that is a real and very small bark scorpion who passed on, never reaching its full adult size of about 2 inches. Scorpions are among the venomous neighbors that live around us in the Arkansas Ouachitas.
Thanks to Alisa for inviting us to join her weekly Travel Theme challenge! This week’s theme is foliage.
Didn’t see much going on in Suburban Ferndale yesterday, but those days really prompt one to look deeper. Much of Saturday’s photo stroll was spent in the dirt, peering at the world from below.
The late summer, early fall flush of wildflowers included these tiny, dark pink blossoms hanging from slender stalks rising no more than a foot from the ground.
The foliage around Little Rock is mostly green. It’s as if the drought-stressed trees that managed to retain their leaves are trying to get one last blast of photosynthesis in before autumn leaf drop. Peering out the office window, this clump of red was like a beacon in an ocean of green. The red turned out to be a clump of lycoris, known as naked ladies or surprise lilies, since they seem to spring out of the ground with no warning.
Our brown recluse spiders are rarely reclusive. They generally hunt at night, but this one was out at breakfast time feasting on a juicy fall armyworm. And this fall, the worms are the only thing that seem to be more talked about than the weather. As their name suggests, these moth larvae appear in large numbers and will eat through anything green: crops, pastures, lawns. Insect experts say Hurricane Issac is to blame for helping sweep the moths northward into Arkansas. With recent rains greening up lawns and pastures, the armyworms are eating well, reducing grassy areas to dirt in just two days.
After reaching a certain size, the armyworms are hard to control with bug spray, but birds, brown recluses and other predators are hungrily doing their part.
Compact digital cameras are a little like haiku. With both, there is a seemingly infinite amount of expression that can be coaxed from a device for creativity whose form is subject to certain dictates. In haiku, there is a narrow path defined for words by number of on. In compact digital photography, the narrow path for light is determined by optics, sensors and software.
That being said, it doesn’t mean we don’t try to push the limits of what these little electronic wonders can do. Below are attempts at stretching the cameras into capturing the clear and cloudless night skies that appear with autumn’s Canadian cold fronts.* (see disclaimers below)
* Disclaimer I: Owner’s manual? What’s that?
* Disclaimer II: These photos do not capture the sheer not-in-vain OH MY GOD! awe of the night sky. I never tire of gazing admiringly at the immensity above.
This week’s concept was maddening. The harder I tried this weekend to find a photo to match “solitary,” the more the world threw twos and threes and other multiples into focus. The first and fourth images are a bit redundant, variations on a theme taken four months apart. Couldn’t choose between the two.
Happy autumn for those in the northern hemisphere and happy spring to those south of the equator!
This week’s mother page for the Weekly Photo Challenge:
Peaceful reflection: http://thedizons.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/weekly-photo-challenge-solitary/
Solitary piece of history: http://hamburgundmeehr.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/weekly-photo-challenge-solitary/
The breakaway shopping trolley and other shots: http://upwoods.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/weekly-photo-challenge-solitary-were-born-alone-we-die-alone/
Solace and sax: http://ablogdog.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/5704/
Walkingsticks are common here on the mountain and seem to be attracted to our windows and doors. This one spent almost the entire day on the front door.