Friday, September 28, 2012

2 Things Challenge: People/Up

The 2 Things Challenge this week is People/Up.

Two thirds of these people are simultaneously up.

Here's A Couple Of Drupes For You

Yep . . . that's what the seed bunches on sumac are called.  They are pretty this time of year, and we all learned something new.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Is Upon Us!

The Goldenrod is just beginning to bloom, a sure sign that Fall is here.  The bees are busy as . . . well . . . bees, getting ready for that nip in the air.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Dead At 38, But Still Useful

I've always been fascinated by the texture of the top of an old wooden post.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

2 Things Challenge: Eyes/Many

The 2 Things Challenge for this week is Eyes/Many.

Spiders tend to have multiple sets of eyes (which I would consider many if it's more than one set), with each set having different functions.  They are not multiple facets on a single eye, like the house fly, but may have devolved from many faceted eyes.  The many eyes can be difficult to see, but they are there in the images below (maybe a click on the image will give you a little larger view).
This little fellow (I have no idea of any of their sex) has at least three sets that I can see.

I believe I can see at least two sets (maybe parts of three) in the above image, especially if I crop in close like the part below.

Most spiders have four sets, regardless of whether I can see them, but the Grand-daddy Long Legs above appears to only have one set of two.

The jumping spider has vision that is ten times as acute as the dragonfly, which has the best vision of the insect world, but I couldn't find one to photograph, plus the ones around here tend to be so hyper-active I don't believe I could get a decent photo without first killing the thing.

And finally, this guy's coloration is so black around the eyes I can't tell how many there are, but I've never seen a spider that looked anything at all like this before so I just had to put it in too.

Friday, September 14, 2012

2 Things Challenge: Local/Hot

The 2 Things Challenge this week is: Local/Hot.
Whether you think global warming is a man-made phenomenon and is dooming civilization unless we change our ways, or you think what's happening is a part of a naturally driven cycle and there isn't much man can do about it, doesn't much matter when the local temperature in the parking lot is 114F.  In Alabama that's HOT.
(WalMart parking lot, Alabaster, Alabama, July 1, 2012, 04:36pm)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

2 Things Challenge: Day/Ends

The 2 Things Challenge this week is : Day/Ends.
One brief moment in time is at the end of two different days.  The back end of one is always the front end of the next.  Funny how it always works out that way, and convenient too.  Imagine the confusion if things were otherwise.