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Mushroom Explosion

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2013 by cliffmichaels

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Mushroom Anatomy 101 Mushroom Mania Mushroom CultivationWild Inedible & Poisonous MushroomsFungi

Photo by Oddsock

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Wasps!

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2012 by cliffmichaels

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WASPS

Fighter pilots with black and yellow stripes
circling around, dive bombing types
One, flies in for the kill
another has his back, just for the thrill

I am innocent, I was just sitting there
timing is everything, humans beware
Humble cologne, enticing-ly perfumed
or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, half consumed

Wasps, bolder than bumble bees
meeker than hornets, dropping to their knees
Either way, these annoying, persistent things
ruined my picnic, with their unprovoked, nasty little stings.

JON COE

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OK, I admit it – when it comes to wasps I’m a girly boy. They scare the shit out of me. I go into ludicrous, hand flapping gyrations whenever a wasp buzzes around me. At least I don’t scream (well, most of the time). I’m not sure why I become such a weak kneed pussy; I don’t remember ever being stung by a wasp.  I think its because the little fuckers just look so goddamn mean. They even sound mean.

Bees sting, too, of course; but the humble honey bee looks almost cuddly as it flits from one flower to another. All bees want to do is suck up nectar and fly it back to the hive. A bee isn’t gunning for me, she sticks to business unless I mess with her or get too closes to her hive. I mean, a bee gives her life to sting you so she’s gonna have a damn good reason to jab you with her stinger. Sure, a swarm of bees is terrifying, but one single solitary honey making bee in the garden just gives me a happy buzz.

Even big bumblebees don’t turn me into jello. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for bumblebees, a bumblebee sting really smarts, but these flying jumbos just don’t look all that menacing and they don’t dart around at high speed. Not like wasps.  Wasps are the the Mig-27’s  of the insect world. Given half a chance, a wasp will try to take you out. Wasp are evil – almost as evil as spiders.

Ugh! Spiders! Don’t get me started on spiders! Got bit once by a Brown Recluse. Bastard damn near ate half my forehead. Twenty-five plus years later I’ve still got the scar. I hate wasps, sure, absolutely,  but I really, really, really, really hate spiders.

But that’s another story altogether…

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Wasps, Wasps, WaspsWasp WaistWasps – IchneumonsOutstanding Bumblebee – Bumblebees Bees, Bees, Bees! 

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Not Quite a Weed

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2012 by cliffmichaels

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DandelionDandelion WorldTaraxacum Officinale          

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Caterpillars More Likely to Vomit Alone

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , , on April 15, 2012 by cliffmichaels

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I didn’t make up the title to this post. Here’s the article it headlined.

Most of us think we’re caterpillars. Give us just a few more months, or years, or longer, we believe, and we will morph into the gorgeous butterfly we were meant to be. Most of us are wrong. We stay caterpillars until that voracious  red, red robin comes bob,bob, bobbin’ along.

A few of us – a very few – manage to make it to our inner butterflies and fly to the heights. Albert Einstein was an indifferent student in secondary school. L. Frank Baum was a failure at most everything he tried until he wrote the first Oz book. US Grant toiled in obscurity until the Civil War. In the mid 1930’s an obscure WWI corporal seized a broken Germany by the neck and took it to the heights of lightning quick conquest before plunging it into the hideous depths of  mass death and devastation on his midnight, misshapen butterfly wings.

Some of us almost make it. We survive long enough to spin our chrysalis only to be plucked out and eaten by the  outrageous fortunes of life. John Edwards was certain he would be President; now he’s staring at the prospect of being just another  federal convict. OJ seemed destined to be one of the brightest lights in the pantheon of gridiron heroes. Meredith Wilson, the creator of the fabulously successful Broadway musical the Music Man, could never repeat his success.

But being a lowly caterpillar isn’t so bad. Each of us has our own little patch of grass or tree limb. Our worlds may be small but we know them well. The leaves may not taste the best, but they are plentiful. Our lives may be perilously earthbound and mundane. We will die without earning those gossamer wings. But, then, butterflies have so much farther to fall when they lose theirs…

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Butterfly Beauties CaterpillarsCaterpillar Syndrome Butterfly Gallery

Images (top to bottom) by Ron de Boom and Craig Elliott , both subject to this creative commons license

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