Saturday, July 11, 2009

Close encounter

I can feel the Dog Days coming on here. The leaves have lost the lush, green color of early summer. The woods seem a little dusty and worn. The air is muggy, and the yellow jackets are out. This morning, I heard a fierce buzzing in the leaves that turned out to be a yellow jacket locked in a death embrace with a winged beetle. ...Click here to read the rest.


Olfacta said...

Oh, what a face on that yellow jacket! Here in Georgia, I feel the Dog Days coming on too. Suddenly everything looks weedy. Flowers are wilting or going to seed. Black widow spiders are hiding under the rocks around our pond. Mosquitoes and other biting insects are everywhere. (I can count summer's progression by the number and pattern of bites on my legs.) Some days, It's evil hot, too hot to work outside. This is when we stay in and appreciate air conditioning.

BitterGrace said...

I'm covered with mosquito bites, too. I try to think of them as badges of honor.

I know this is crazy, but I sorta envy your black widows. The last thing I want is to be bitten by one, but they are incredibly beautiful.

Olfacta said...

I'm impressed! I have had moderate arachnophobia since I was a kid. I don't mind spiders in the garden but...not that kind!