Saturday, May 02, 2009
We Can Never Escape Nature
Another week in the books my friends. It started off by me calling my doctor, who barely recognized me after not seeing him for 3.5 years. Yes, I'm married now, and I even have a little one. A quick look up my nose, and sure enough, he diagnosed me with a sinus infection, prescribed a round of my favorite antibiotic, amoxicillin, and I was free to go. As the week progressed, I felt the battle going on in my body, good guys vs. bad, and by Friday, I felt like the good guys had vanquished the foe almost completely. I'm finally back to feeling somewhat normal. Not normal enough to go out and ride my bike five miles, but almost normal.
It was a quiet week underneath the old bur oak. Weston may have caught a little bit of my original cold, but by yesterday he seemed back to his old self. Another big step this week- moving him to his big boy bed (crib) in his room all by himself. We're all sleeping better, and that, is simply priceless.
Even though I dearly miss my proximity to the Olentangy, especially now since the ground and sky are screaming late spring, I keep surprising myself that I can get interesting and eye catching nature images right in our backyard, and this week was no exception.
Twenty minutes in the backyard with a nice tool made in Japan and this is what I was able to capture. These creatures are tiny, tiny, tiny. The image of the little pudgy bitty thing on the leaf is a 100% crop, meaning this insect is only a millimeter or less across. Yes, I do have to dig deeper in the backyard to find nature, but it is there. Spiders, slugs, insects, all doing their thing, running the ecosystem, no matter how hard we try to fool ourselves that a giant line is drawn between the human and natural realms. Although our culture does its absolute best to separate ourselves from "nature" and "wild places", we just can't get away, and to me, that is my consolation for living in the manicured suburbs.
For more blogs about animals, please see Misty Dawn's Camera Critters Meme.