This weeks photo challenge is abstract. I found four subjects which I think qualify. Tell me what you think. I may need your help on the last one.
The first one is the sun’s rays on the water and reflecting on the sandy bottom.
Number two is of a growth (parasite?) we came across on a downed tree.
The third one was taken on our flight to Mexico at 35,000 feet of a frozen body of water over Arkansas. This is my frozen dragon!
Now for number four. This was floating in front of our dock. I must say it really spooked the grand kids, and it had me very curious. I think it is part of a root to an aquatic plant. Readers, help me out on this one.
There you have it. I must admit this was a bit of fun trying to come up with the unusual. Hope you enjoy them.
I am told of a suitcase from Durbin,
That always enjoyed a good bourbon,
When filled to capacity
It had the audacity,
To be rather mean and disturbin.
Most insects are a nuisance, biting or stinging. This one doesn’t bite even though they have serrated teeth.
They have been around some 300 million years and continue to fascinate people of all ages. Their larval state in water can last up to 2 years, while they devour other insects, fish, and even each other. When it emerges from the water, it’s exoskeleton cracks open and releases the insect’s abdomen. The wings come out to dry and harden over the next several hours or days.
Dragonflies can fly up or down, hover, and also mate in mid-air. To survive they must fly, as that is the only way to catch their prey. A single dragonfly can eat 30 to hundreds of mosquitoes a day. Hundreds will gather in swarms to migrate; some for short distances, some average around a 100 miles a day, and one, called a globe skinner will travel 11,000 miles back and forth across the Indian Ocean.
Their head is comprised mostly of two compound eyes, which gives them almost 360 degree vision.These beneficial insects have survived since before the dinosaurs. I hope that their future is guaranteed (that will be in part up to us) so that coming generations can benefit from these unique creatures. It makes sense to me that any insect that can eat up to a hundred mosquitoes a day is worth protecting.
I look forward to their arrival each year at the lake; being entertained by their ballet like dance, hoping that a few will land on my hand. But alas,no such luck, they are to occupied securing their Future.
This weeks photo challenge is landscapes. I chose some examples from my visit last summer to Newfoundland. A rough and rugged terrain, but yet extremely beautiful.
My camera was my constant companion, as over every hill and around every corner the landscape was beckoning to me to explore.