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A Year au Moulin

July 20, 2007

Cicada2Chers Amis,

As we walked to the car Tuesday morning a beam of light streamed through the trees and back lit the wings of this newly-hatched dog day cicada like a spotlight.  Beneath his grassy perch rested his now empty brown shell, seemingly so small.  How could this creature with the long diaphanous wings have fit is such tight quarters?  We watched for a few minutes as his wings dried before rushing off to see a performance of Robin Hood
(our next Book Club book) by Georgia Shakespeare.  When we returned, he was still clinging to the grass but he had taken on his  characteristic bright green coloring.  If you are interested in the cicada’s100_1535 Houdini-like transformation,   Bug guide.com .  There is a wonderful series of photos documenting the escape. 

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Our other nature find this week was an impressive trapdoor spider clad in polished black armor.  Scarlett spotted him scuttling out of our garage (thank goodness)  towards the woods.  We managed to waylay him long enough to take a few photos which we promptly submitted to BugGude.net for help in identifying him.  It is a male in the genus Ummidia, species unknown. For some reason he reminds me of a samurai warrior!

I realized this week that I have been writing  you all electronic letters for a year now.   It has been a year of musings and nature notes, of books and birds,  Adventures in Science, Loveliness fairs, faith, camping, crafting, schooling, a touch of travel and a trowel or two of gardening.   I hope I haven’t bored anyone.   I still struggle to mail actual paper letters in properly stamped envelopes (no laughing, Helene!) but I have so enjoyed sharing a  little  window of life au moulin with you all.  I hope this next year is  even more interesting!

–Marjorie

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2007 6:58 pm

    Great spider and great shot!
    I have thoroughly enjoyed your first blogging year and look forward to the next!

  2. July 26, 2007 11:02 pm

    I love your photos of nature! And, I hope you blog for a long time to come!

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