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:

The Pink Moon

April’s full moon is known as the “Pink Moon,” according to the Farmers Almanac. It’s named for the wild phlox whose  blooms add brilliant magenta notes to the spring green.

The moon appeared to live up to its name as it set on Holy Saturday, just as the first pink and orange rays of the sun lit up the haze.

PINK MOON -- The first full moon of spring, according to the Farmers Almanac, is the pink moon. Here it is just before moonset April 7, 2012. At the bottom of the photo, vapor rises from a warm valley into the cooler air above. Rows of Ouachita mountain folds recede into the west.
WILD PHLOX -- Wild phlox lights up the understory on the mountain.