Creepy Crawlies

I know some of you will cringe when you see these photos, and there are certain little creatures that I am not terribly fond of (for example: centipedes), but I have such a fascination for earthworms, slugs and snails. When you look closely they have the most intricate, delicate bodies. And the way slugs slowly extend and retract their optical tentacles and sensory tentacles (just learned the proper names for these today:D) looks just as if they were under water, so peaceful and graceful.

Here a few that we found in the yard the other day. The earthworm was the largest I’ve ever seen though I know they can get much bigger than this. IMG_9116 IMG_9110 IMG_9121 IMG_9126 IMG_9127 IMG_9134 IMG_9135 IMG_9139 IMG_9140 IMG_9151 IMG_9156 IMG_9158 IMG_9160 IMG_9161 IMG_9162

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Yay Me!!!!!

A photo essay of mine got published in an on-line magazine called Queen Bee Collective!!!!! This is my first time getting published so I’m pretty excited:D Check it out! I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the photos…

http://www.queenbeecollective.com/color-through-the-cold

I wanted to put some photos I took recently but am having computer issues (wordpress doesn’t “see” my recently uploaded pictures. Does anyone know why?) so, instead here is a picture of a spider we happened upon in the fall. My daughter and I were on a walk and she was in the middle of the sidewalk moving very sluggishly, looking, perhaps, for a place to lay her eggs?  I’ll be honest with you, when I see a spider I get that tingling at the back of my neck and I have to resist the urge to brush the imaginary spider away, but I think my mild discomfort (well-controlled fear) with spiders feeds into my fascination with them. They seem such alien, unfathomable, threatening creatures and are beautiful in their strangeness. Not like centipedes, they’re just plain old creepy (stomp, stomp!).

We used this leaf to move her gentle to the side of the walkway where we hope she found a safe place to stash her eggs for the winter. This spider is very common here and not poisonous though I’m sure she would bit out of self-defence. The markings on her back are so pretty, no? I like the way she shows up against the red of the leaf. I’m pretty sure this is an orb-weaving spider.

Corbeaux pour Mathias

because Mathias’ crows (http://mathiaslphotos.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/voler-projet-photo-752/) were so beautiful and made such an impression on me. These are not the gothic beauties that you find in his his photographs, just your humble BC crow (are crows ever really humble though? Perhaps practical, or pragmatic would be more apt) looking for stray french fries or a less than vigilant toddler to steal a cookie from.