Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

This week’s challenge is window. While on photo safari this morning (read: walking around the woods, camera/s in hand looking for something to shoot) I came across an awakening colony of red imported fire ants. This mound was too near to our brand new popup greenhouse for comfort. The air temperature was warming well into the 50s after a week that began in the single digits. Because of cold, cold ground, some workers in the colony were was just beginning to forage, but the bulk of the ants were huddled together in creepy writhing balls.  The camera and an 8x loupe became a window into their lives. (At least before laying down a ring of Amdro.)

Fire ants approach dead colleague.
Fire ants approach dead colleague.
Writhing, wriggling and sometimes hairy fire ants.
Writhing, wriggling and sometimes hairy fire ants.
Large RIFA worker.
Large RIFA worker.

Other challenge entries we liked:

Weekly photo challenge: Beginning

 

This week’s photo challenge, “beginning,” is an excellent way to start the year. Our entry represents the beginning of a new cycle for our native dogwood trees. These buds are just awaiting spring’s arrival. (The beginning of spring seems like a long way away when the wind chill is in the single digits. Brrrrr.)

Dogwood buds ready for the beginning of spring.
Dogwood buds ready for the beginning of spring.

Other beginnings we liked this week: