Monthly Archives of: July 2014

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In the interim between two sets of thoughts…

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In the interim between two sets of thoughts, a natural, effortless silence can exist (which may bring insight and wisdom)!

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[This is a Pearl Crescent Butterfly.  These seem to always be around in the spring and summer at a particular prairie section that is adjacent to thick woods and a bend in a creek in our area.  It is especially fond of butterfly weed or orange milkweed flowers. Spring butterflies are usually darker than summer generations.]

.Between the two wings is the treasure pearl! ... Pearl Crescent Butterfly ...  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Between the two wings is the treasure pearl! … Pearl Crescent Butterfly … Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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The distance between what you want and what you are, psychologically, is (additionally) what you are.

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The distance between what you want and what you are, psychologically, is (additionally) what you are. 

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[Dogbane Leaf Beetles have a deep sheen of iridescence that changes as we move in relation to the insect (or by the way it moves relative to us).  Dogbane Leaf Beetles feed on prairie plants, such as the Milkweed plant.  Dogbane Leaf Beetles can avoid predators by giving off a foul-smelling secretion when they are touched.  An insect with a very splendid sheen of metallic-like iridescence!]

A Dogbane Leaf Beetle with an iridescent sheen that not even Harley Davidson motorcycle gas-tanks are capable of!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

A Dogbane Leaf Beetle with an iridescent sheen that not even Harley Davidson motorcycle gas-tanks are capable of! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Be careful about coming to conclusions about people and things; it may be a coming to a stagnant end psychologically!

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Be careful about coming to conclusions about people and things; it may be a coming to a stagnant end psychologically! 

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[Jagged Ambush Bug in a wild Yellow Daisy: They perch by day in flowers and mostly are “sit-and-wait” predators, attacking all kinds of insects, often insects that are much larger than themselves. They often even attack bees. They have powerful vice-like, mantis-like, front legs that are great for grasping.]

Patience is a virtue for a Jagged Assassin Bug in a wild Yellow Daisy Flower.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Patience is a virtue for a Jagged Assassin Bug in a wild Yellow Daisy Flower. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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(Multi-photo)**** with a poem by E.E. Cummings

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Spring emerged from the primitive, frozen cocoon and transformed into the majestic, yellow and fluttering summer!  

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from E.E. Cummings:

*********Metamorphosis*********

We’ve plodded through a weird and weary time,
    Called Winter by the calendar alone;
We have beheld an earth pool-deep in slime,
    Image a heaven of stone.

We’ve found life hid between the folds of mire,
    Sensed life in every place, heard life in tune.
The earth-shell cracks with underneath desire;
    Spring crawls from the cocoon.

Her puny wings vibrant with will to grow,
    She clings, expanding like an opening eye;
More large, more able, more developed, lo,
    The perfect butterfly.

Yellow Swallowtail (photo 1) (The day I took these shots, I had a feeling that I should go to Perry Farm's prairie, because I would find spectacular Yellow Swallowtail there; as soon as I arrived, there she was!) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Yellow Swallowtail (photo 1) (The day I took these shots, I had a feeling that I should go to Perry Farm’s prairie, because I would find spectacular Yellow Swallowtail there; as soon as I arrived, there she was!) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Yellow Swallowtail (photo 2) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Yellow Swallowtail (photo 2) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Most people — even the somewhat callous, indifferent ones — struggle and suffer so much in life that they should be admired greatly, with deep respect.

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Most people — even the somewhat callous, indifferent ones — struggle and suffer so much in life that they should be admired greatly, with deep respect.

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[As are many frogs, Leopard Frogs are declining in numbers due to a combination of ecological factors: pollution, deforestation, and water acidity.  These were often the formaldehyde-soaked specimens that were used for high school labs.  These frogs will eat most any living thing that will fit into their mouths, including beetles, ants, flies, worms, other frogs, and even birds and garter snakes.]

Leopard Frog... in a froggish kind of place!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Leopard Frog… in a froggish kind of place! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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John Lennon was right: “Living is easy with eyes closed… misunderstanding all you see.”

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. John Lennon was right:  “Living is easy with eyes closed… misunderstanding all you see.”

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.  [Strawberry Fields Forever. (Mushrooms in our lawn… and one of the reasons why one often dislikes to cut the grass!) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014]

Strawberry Fields Forever. (Mushrooms in our lawn… and one of the reasons why one often dislikes to cut the grass!) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Strawberry Fields Forever. (Mushrooms in our lawn… and one of the reasons why one often dislikes to cut the grass!) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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(Multi-Photo)*** Do not despise it for being little — and seeming small — for its smallness contains a largeness.

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Do not despise it for being little — and seeming small — for its smallness contains a largeness.

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Ant feeding on Milkweed plant leaf.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Ant feeding on Milkweed plant leaf. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

Ants busy communicating while on Milkweed leaf.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Ants busy communicating while on Milkweed leaf. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

 

 

 

 

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Not: The less you care, the happier you will be. But: The more you care, the happier life and the world will be!

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Not:  The less you care, the happier you will be.  But:  The more you care, the happier life and the world will be!      (Anyway, you are not something truly separate from the world.)

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.   [Though larvae of the Colona Moth – Haploa Colona – may, among other types of plants, feed on apple and peach trees (and I especially like peaches)… I like the moth a lot!  They seem to be appearing more in northern areas (possibly due to global warming trends).  The one in the photo was far from peach trees… in a natural prairie.]

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The Original Stealth Bomber! (Tiger Moth, Colona Moth) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

The Original Stealth Bomber! (Tiger Moth, Colona Moth) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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Don’t just run from suffering and chase after pleasure like a pre-programmed robot; roll up those sleeves and truly help others.

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Don’t just run from suffering and chase after pleasure like a pre-programmed robot; roll up those sleeves and truly help others.

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Leafhopper Nymph (only around 3/16 of an inch long) with fluffy bum (which is an excess of sugar), while acting elusive on a Thistle Plant stem.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Leafhopper Nymph (only around 3/16 of an inch long) with fluffy bum (which is an excess of sugar), while acting elusive on a Thistle Plant stem. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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(Multi-photo Post)*** Go beyond the superficiality of seeing yourself as separate from the whole of life!

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. Go beyond the superficiality of seeing yourself as separate from the whole of life! .

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.(Milkweed Beetle and Fruit-fly on a Milkweed plant.  Note how the Fruit-fly  gradually moves in and feasts right adjacent to the precarious jaws (i.e., large, dangerous mandibles) of the Milkweed Beetle.  The Fruit-fly’s jaws are too diminutive to successfully rasp at the Milkweed flower buds… so the Fruit-fly moves in and joins the “powerful” Milkweed Beetle… right adjacent to its “massive” jaws!  Milkweed Beetles are quite “aware” for insects; in our area they sometimes roughly bang against my head – with their whole, flying bodies – to “warn” me to stay away from their precious Milkweed plants!)

 

Fruit-fly observing the Milkweed Beetle beginning to eat!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Fruit-fly observing the Milkweed Beetle beginning to eat! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Fruit-fly trying to eat the Milkweed Beetle's scraps from a distance!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Fruit-fly trying to eat the Milkweed Beetle’s scraps from a distance! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Fruit-fly eating right next to the jaws of a Milkweed Beetle!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Fruit-fly eating right next to the jaws of a Milkweed Beetle! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee…

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To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,

One clover, and a bee.

And revery.

The revery alone will do,

If bees are few.                                                                            

                                            — Emily Dickinson

 

 

A clover and one bee (and revery).  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

A clover and one bee (and revery). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014