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Started by Thursday's_Child, August 29, 2019, 07:37:58 AM

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apl68

The 13-year cicada emergence is upon us!  The 17-year cicadas mostly live farther north, so we don't face the rare double-emergence that has been in the media so much. 

The constant drone keeps vaguely reminding me of science fiction I saw on TV growing up.  Somebody must have used recordings of cicadas as a stock otherworldly sound effect.
For our light affliction, which is only for a moment, works for us a far greater and eternal weight of glory.  We look not at the things we can see, but at those we can't.  For the things we can see are temporary, but those we can't see are eternal.

bio-nonymous

The dogs alerted me to a beautiful young Coyote on the other side of my back fence at the edge of the woods last evening. I suspect it was a recently evicted young-in, we had another sighting around this time last year. He hung around for a bit until the barking sent him scampering back into the deep woods. Now if they would only finish the construction in our neighborhood so the deer would come back...

apl68

I heard coyotes a good deal growing up, but never saw any.  They apparently don't get close enough into town here to hear them.  We do have them in the region.  A couple of years ago a young woman in our church went deer hunting and said that all she saw was a coyote.  Somebody told her "You should have shot him--I hear they make great tacos!"  I really don't think that coyote tacos will ever catch on.
For our light affliction, which is only for a moment, works for us a far greater and eternal weight of glory.  We look not at the things we can see, but at those we can't.  For the things we can see are temporary, but those we can't see are eternal.

bio-nonymous

Quote from: apl68 on May 08, 2024, 06:15:49 AMI heard coyotes a good deal growing up, but never saw any.  They apparently don't get close enough into town here to hear them.  We do have them in the region.  A couple of years ago a young woman in our church went deer hunting and said that all she saw was a coyote.  Somebody told her "You should have shot him--I hear they make great tacos!"  I really don't think that coyote tacos will ever catch on.
Ick! That seems to me to be like eating dogs--not my style. I hope they were just kidding around?

apl68

Quote from: bio-nonymous on May 13, 2024, 12:09:04 PM
Quote from: apl68 on May 08, 2024, 06:15:49 AMI heard coyotes a good deal growing up, but never saw any.  They apparently don't get close enough into town here to hear them.  We do have them in the region.  A couple of years ago a young woman in our church went deer hunting and said that all she saw was a coyote.  Somebody told her "You should have shot him--I hear they make great tacos!"  I really don't think that coyote tacos will ever catch on.
Ick! That seems to me to be like eating dogs--not my style. I hope they were just kidding around?

Definitely kidding. 

Although, now that I think about it, I've never been to a coyote function on Taco Tuesday.  For all I know, maybe they do know how to make great tacos.
For our light affliction, which is only for a moment, works for us a far greater and eternal weight of glory.  We look not at the things we can see, but at those we can't.  For the things we can see are temporary, but those we can't see are eternal.

hmaria1609

There's been a few bear sightings in the DC area lately:
https://wtop.com/animals-pets/2024/05/watch-black-bear-politely-wanders-through-arlington-co-neighborhood/
Scroll past ad breaks to read full article. Posted online 5/13/24

Langue_doc

Coyotes and turkeys have been spotted in Manhattan. I think they come down from the Bronx, as I don't recall any instances of their sightings in the boroughs of Brooklyn or Queens. I've seen turkeys in Manhattan and Staten Island. We went looking for one on a bird walk in Brooklyn, along a path where he'd been sighted for at least a couple of weeks, but didn't see him that day.

apl68

Somehow I picked up an inchworm on my clothing.  I showed it to some staff members.  Then I relocated it to the edge of the woods outside.  Hopefully it will find that a more congenial environment. 

I've heard that finding an inchworm crawling on you is a sign that you'll soon get new clothes, since the inchworm has been measuring you.
For our light affliction, which is only for a moment, works for us a far greater and eternal weight of glory.  We look not at the things we can see, but at those we can't.  For the things we can see are temporary, but those we can't see are eternal.

apl68

Yesterday I saw a turtle beside the trail at the city park.  This morning I saw one that looked just like it a mile or so farther along the trail.  I suppose it was probably a different turtle.  If it was the same one, it must have done the turtle equivalent of a marathon yesterday.
For our light affliction, which is only for a moment, works for us a far greater and eternal weight of glory.  We look not at the things we can see, but at those we can't.  For the things we can see are temporary, but those we can't see are eternal.

apl68

And I saw another one this morning, in still another part of the park.  Either there's a family of very similar-looking turtles living in the park (likely), or that one really gets around for a turtle.
For our light affliction, which is only for a moment, works for us a far greater and eternal weight of glory.  We look not at the things we can see, but at those we can't.  For the things we can see are temporary, but those we can't see are eternal.

apl68

While visiting family last week, I took a walk near their home and spotted wild hogs crossing the logging road ahead of me.  There were at least two adults, and a little one in between them.  The hogs have become all too common in the region in recent years.  Granted this is Arkansas...but they're getting out of hand.

On the same walk I spotted a canine of some kind dashing across the road.  It might have been a wandering dog, but they usually don't dash from one patch of brush into another like that.  I wonder whether it may have been a fox or coyote.

This morning I spotted a squirrel clinging to a tree trunk, looking intently down at the ground.  They don't usually focus on anything for that long.  Then I saw another squirrel come up from the ground to join the first one.  Hope I wasn't interrupting anything....
For our light affliction, which is only for a moment, works for us a far greater and eternal weight of glory.  We look not at the things we can see, but at those we can't.  For the things we can see are temporary, but those we can't see are eternal.