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a key west veranda

i think it’s the sultry, sticky weather here today, combined with the fact that I just watched the movie “genius” about max perkins–the legendary editor whose clients included thomas wolfe, f. scott fitzgerald, and ernest hemingway. but for whatever reason, the heat, the humidity, the reference to hemingway, and the tropical feel of these ferns, all combined to put me in key west on a veranda, with a rum drink and not enough breeze, and maybe a six-toed cat or two, stopping by to brush across my ankles.

three ferns and a vetch

saint paul, minnesota

 

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apparently cecropia moths have so many predators that they never become a pest. it’s an interesting way to think about pests. pests are the things that not enough other things want to kill, so we humans kill them instead. imagine if so many other flying insects found mosquitos tasty, that we cherished each mosquito that landed delicately on our forearms. oh look! a mosquito! wait, don’t move. let me get my phone. i’m going to instagram this.

cecropia moth

saint paul, minnesota

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  1. Cecelia W. says:

    Mary Jo, I just volunteerd my first hours at our Botanical Garden in Norfolk, VA and saw the caterpillars for the cecropia moth. These moths have no mouths or tongues so are unable to eat. Their sole purpose is to reproduce. If they aren’t eaten, they live only 5 to 14 days. Thought you might be interested in a little more about this beautiful moth.

  2. Dede says:

    Mary Jo-You are so funny!

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an inordinate fondness for beetles

this is an approximate scale model of the earth, showing the the comparative number of insects in the world (950,000 species and an estimated 10 quintillian individuals) to the number of people. as you can see, we fall somewhere within the margin of error. if only our species sat as lightly on the actual globe as we do on this fanciful one.

collected mid-summer bugs

saint paul, minnesota

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robin egg blue is a web-safe color. do you know what a web-safe color is? i didn’t.  so i looked it up. a web-safe color is one of the 216 colors that will appear exactly the same on any computer monitor. the thing i like best about web-safe colors is that their opposites, non-web-safe colors need to be generated anyway, and they are generated by a process called “dithering.”  which means they have little geometric patterns overlaid onto them in contrasting colors so that the eye perceives, for instance, a red background with blue “dithering” as purple. personally, i just like that the poor mama robin can simply lay her egg in robin egg blue,and get on with the miracle of birth, without any further dithering.

robin egg and nest

hugo, minnesota

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  1. I love your images…but I really love your writings I think even more!

  2. Dede says:

    Who knew!

  3. Nielz says:

    „… exactly the same on any computer monitor …“ sadly that’s not the whole truth. Simple example: a monitor with only 16 colors – and yes there still are some out there – has to dither 200 of the websave colors. On the other hand: every monitor is different, so hold your smartphone next to your desktop monitor and you will see the difference.

    Just sayin …

    Really nice egg!!!

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pick me up

white campion flowers peek out from their little green bladders in the morning and blossom until late afternoon, when they retreat again. i do almost exactly the same thing. if white campion ever came to me for advice, i would recommend a skim latte around 3:00.

white campion

grass lake regional trail, saint paul, minnesota

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