Saturday, June 20, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

State Insect

Venturing into MACROs so . . .
 This week's Critter is tiny.

Photuris pensylvanica, known by the common names Pennsylvania firefly, lightning bug,[ and (in its larval state) glowworm, is a species of firefly from the United States and Canada.


An iconic symbol of summer — the flashing firefly — is disappearing nationally but appears to be alive, well and thriving in Western Pennsylvania, according to experts.
 
Firefly facts
• The firefly — officially named “Photuris pennsylvanica” — is Pennsylvania's state insect.
• The greenish-yellow light glows from the firefly's abdomen, the result of a chemical reaction.
• Fireflies use their light as a warning to predators at night and as part of a mating ritual.
• The glowing portion of fireflies was once used in medical research to track proteins in researching cystic fibrosis, cancer and multiple sclerosis. Now those materials are made synthetically.
• Firefly season in Pennsylvania usually runs through the mid-summer.


 
 Beneficial Role
Whether you know them as Lightning Bugs or Fireflies, these are beneficial insects. They don't bite, they have no pincers, they don't attack, they don't carry disease, they are not poisonous, they don't even fly very fast. The larvae of most species are specialized predators and feed on other insect larvae, snails and slugs. (They are also reported to feed on earthworms.)
 
 You don't want to miss:
 
 
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Camera Critters
 
 

Direction in the Sky

The Sky, a Rooster and Direction
 
 It's all Good

 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Which Side?

Which side of the fence are you on?
 
Do you observe the party before jumping in?
Or are you the first one on the dance floor?
 
Do you enjoy being in the thick of the celebrating
Or is being out of the limelight o.k. with you?

 
Do you like a little alone time to savor the memory?
Or do you relive the fun with someone else as soon possible?
 
There are no 'right' answers.
There are only your answers.
 
And that's what makes you who you are.
 
"Bloom where you're planted"
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Blue Roof - Blue Sky

This farmer chose a perfect Sky Blue
 
Smiling Sally

Disappearing One by One

Thank you Judy at Cranberry Morning for inspiring these mosaics. Her posts of Wisconsin barns brought to mind many barns that I passed in days gone by which are just that,-- 'gone'.
So I've been capturing some of those that are left.
 
Here and There
 
This one is on an old homestead called The Hermitage

Also like the corn crib to the left with the rusty roof
 
Mosaic Monday



Sunday, June 14, 2015