Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Kind of Magic :)

Dog walking isn't my favorite chore. Ok, I generally kind-of hate it. However, last week after catching up on some blogs that I follow, I read an entry about caterpillars (oh help, I can't find the blog now!!) and decided from that moment on, dog walking would be no more.

Instead I would think of it as... Bug Hunting!

Not hunting like killing. Hunting like finding :)

Last night I decided when I took my dog out for his walk, I'd bring my phone with me and call in some Indian take-out and pick it up on our way home. Palak Paneer and Naan here I come! After ordering my food I had about 20 minutes to kill so I started scouring a bunch of the trees for cicadas as per usual.



Did you really think I was going to end that sentence with a preposition!?!?

I clumsily got out my phone and fumbled around with the buttons to switch to camera mode. I was so excited my hands were shaking!!

This one was just coming out of its skin! It was still resting on the skin when I took this first photo.

Sooooo beautiful!! I've never seen one in this state!

My dad has told me that when they come out their bodies are yellow and their eyes are red. I didn't get to see one in that state, but I had never heard of this cool blue-green state (with a coppery body!)

I've got another week or week and a half left of living here in the Burg so you bet your @ss I'm bringing my camera with me every evening when I take the dog for his walk!

Apparently these are Dog Day cicadas. They come out during the dog-days of summer (go figure) which makes sense since that's the part of summer we seem to be in now, although this week has been a lot cooler than the last few.

This is one of those bug-events that I've always wanted to see but never, ever have! I've been seeing TONS of cicada skins on the trees around here this month (but it's not time for the big big 17 year brood or even the 13 year brood) so I've been keeping my eyes out for them, hoping to see one crawling up a tree and witness the whole transformation!

It's a kind of magic! I had this song in my head all night long after the experience :)


RE - RecycledFrockery said...

Woww A Great Post. the cicada pics are fantastique. I've never seen that molting process and this makes it like watching. Great absolutely wonderful. I'm buying an ec ad to support your blog and adding you to my favorites, because you are a great blogger. Nice to Meet You Samantha Gallagher.

Samantha G said...

Thank you so much for your comment! I'll come find you on EC too! :)

Doris Sturm said...

Yes, Samantha, great photos. I've never witnessed any Cicada emerge...never even heard of 13 and 17 year broods...will have to find out what that means. I mostly hear them, they are singing all over, but I rarely see one.

I never even heard that song by Queen either...and I like their music.

Thanks for a nice post and enjoy your dawgonne dawg days of summer ;-)

We got back from our walk an hour ago and are exhausted...Gizzy's stretched out on the floor and need a nap and it's only 10 am.

Samantha G said...

Queen has so many good songs! Surprisingly a couple of years ago I heard a bunch for the first time on American Idol when they did Queen Theme night. Some songs are much more theatrical than others, I think those didn't get as much airplay- but they're still good :)