Afternoon; Out Discovering

I stretched my body, arms reaching out to look for a vagrant cloud or two, to pull them overhead for some shade in the relentless late may heat. Settling into a posture that felt usual, I looked down lazily upon the spread of things wondering why there wasn’t much happening today. A few movements caught my eye, but nothing that interesting really. The temperature’s touching forty degrees. My chest is a bit too out, I realize, and let my shoulders fall with it. Why don’t I sit, and maybe go inside if nothing turns up. I shifted the camera hand as I sunk to the ground, looking around for the flies to show up.

What!?
I could have sworn they hadn’t been here in the previous frame.
Suddenly there’s a lot happening! The closer I get to the earth the more life seems to be happening.
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A wasp was collecting mud to make its home, which wasn’t too far away. I could tell because it flew away with the ball of mud and came back every couple of minutes for more.

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Amazing how it was digging the wet mud and putting it together in a ball.

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In the very middle of day, a spider dancing around the ground, up and down it deftly sway.

And then of course there were the flies…

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And another lay hanging upside down in a green leafy sanctuary:
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Hanging from a marigold, busy is her day-to-day, a plain tiger butterfly, looks alarmed as I let out a sigh.
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And of course there were more… like the orange moth, who I don’t recognize otherwise…
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and the out of focus the long-legged fly…

There was this other moth like creature who I mistook for a speck of dust… but then it seemed to be too symmetrical to be just that… so I looked harder and it was amazing and mysterious… I think the mesmerized fly on the leaf thought so too..


Another afternoon went by… and now it’s dark outside… tomorrow there will be more to discover…

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