|Zorba the Greek|
as surreal as the praying mantis. I wouldn’t want it in my dreams.
Another insect that I’ve never seen – indeed, one that is almost invisible – is the walking stick, whose long, thin body imitates the twigs it lives among. A glance at the photograph shows why this is considered one of the most successful camouflage jobs in nature. Can you detect the insect? Be honest.
4 1/2 inches, making it one of the largest moths in North America. Though common in hardwood forests in the eastern half of the country, it is rarely seen, being nocturnal and having a life span of just one week. It emerges only to mate, has no mouth, never eats (talk about focused living!). Why the name "luna moth"? Probably because the eyespots are marked with crescents that suggest the moon. But for me, the creature is so strangely beautiful that it could well be a visitor from our own or another moon. On this note I’ll end my brief look at the buggy world. I could go on and on, but nothing surpasses the luna moth for otherworldly beauty.
Thoughts for the day:
The primordial language is light. (For this, I am indebted to modern physics.)
Light made flesh is life.
The studio of station WBAI (post #16) on Wall Street ("in the belly of the beast") was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. They continued broadcasting thanks to Gary Null, who let them use his uptown facilities. They have just returned to their building.
The Union Square greenmarket (post #17) was suspended following the hurricane, so emergency and construction vehicles could be parked there. I went three times and found no market. Now half the market is back, but part of its site is still in use, so the rest of the market is up at Madison Square.
Westbeth, the massive artists' residence near the Hudson River where Barton Benes resided (#33), was flooded by Sandy, with nine feet of water in the basement, and water up to five feet high surging down Bethune Street to Washington Street, a whole block from the riverfront. Residents were without electricity (therefore no lights or elevators) for four days, and had no running water for seven days, and no heat or hot water for eleven days.
Occupy Wall Street (#1, #4) has transformed itself into Occupy Sandy, a volunteer relief effort that, working with other volunteers, is bringing supplies and volunteers to victims of the hurricane not yet reached by other organizations. Their current needs: nonperishable food, air mattresses, batteries, crowbars, and other items. To find out how to help, go to their website. More power to them!
© 2012 Clifford Browder