About those Natural Causes...

I spent a fair amount of time last week poking around this holding pond down the road from us. It's about dry this time of year, and I noticed a lot of dragon flies around there, always a treat to me. Actually, I first stopped there looking for Phalaris Arundinacea, Reed Canary Grass, supposedly the source of one of the most potent entheogens known. Just LOOKING, I said. Also one of the most common plants on earth. Grows everywhere except the poles. It grows somewhere near you, I assure you.

Anyway, back to the dragonflies. JeZUZ, folks, you ever watch one those critters up close? Christ, they are a marvel! I stood in this little swamp, looking like an idiot, I'm sure, holding my hat ready to swat one down if it came close enough. I wasn't out to decimate them, just to harvest one near the end of its season anyway. Yesterday I got a great big brown one. It's hanging on the wall in the kitchen now. The kids had fun examining it--no stingers, no big biting parts. Just wings and eyes, mostly. Today I got two smaller red ones. Delicate little boogers, maybe 2-1/2" long. They fade to rust colored almost as soon as they die. They are easiest to hit when they are mating, in tandem, as it were. I know this seems like a poor choice of timing on my part, but how many times have you heard someone say that's the way they want to go? Well, I only got two, which was plenty, anyway. I put one in Tom's bead display. Looks better there than on the grill of someone's car.

And then I discovered these TINY little frogs....

Well, I had a hell of a time down there. Such a day.

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