The weather has been what summer should be instead of tropical. But we really can't forget (in this area) that we're coming up on the anniversary of the Hurricane Irene hit. Last year I was recovering from my knee surgery and, other than being without power for a few days, the hurricane didn't personally affect me so much after the waters on my street receded. I hope this hurricane season goes easy on everyone.
A side thought -- who was the genius who planned the Republican Convention in Florida at what's usually the height of the hurricane season? Duh!
Although we've had little rain this past week, the mosquitos are out and about. I haven't been bit by one for a good ten years locally (in the Outer Banks last year, I was their daily meal), then a bite on the wrist a few weeks back. Now, in one evening, I have a bite below the elbow and one on my butt. Yes, you read that right! I seem to be having really bad reactions to the bites as far as inflammation and swelling go. Not cool. It's like I have a second elbow! And ...
"Does this mosquito bite make my butt look big?"
Couple that with the fact that I saw a dead bird on the sidewalk by the Union County College Campus, I'm leery of the mosquitos. Supposedly, dead birds can be indicative of West Nile Virus. This bird didn't look like it suffered any trauma from an automobile or hawk. I was on my way to the train station and hope that, since it's a college, they had it tested. Since there has been nothing in the news, I'm guessing they just threw it away or did have it tested and it tested negative. No, I'm not feeling ill. I'm fine. I just have a second elbow on my right arm and a big butt.
Other than that, it's been life as usual -- work, BB live feeds reports, sleep very little, eat (probably more than I should), rinse and repeat. For some reason, most of my photos are bugs this week. They gave me the best fodder. I met two different butterflies in the same spot two days in a row, thus I have two butterfly series in this post.
I met this male Eastern Swallowtail butterfly yesterday on my way to work. I know it's a male as it has very little blue on the wings. Yes, I Googled them. Bridgewater, NJ.
The day before (Friday), I met a Monarch butterfly in just about the same spot on the same bush.
|Cooperating with the paparazzi|
|Hanging in there|
|Not as cooperative with the paparazzi|
He kept moving! A man in a car was watching me take the photos. Heh.
|Hiding behind a leaf|
|I'm pretty, too! Aren't I? Aren't I?|
Just after I left the Monarch butterfly on Friday, this little moth buzzed me and landed on the leaves nearby.
|Here's lookin' at ya!|
Perhaps not as pretty, but isn't that face way cool? This is a large carpenter bee in the same bushes as the butterflies. While they're HUGE, they aren't aggressive at all.
|I ain't no butterfly!|
Another view of a carpenter bee.
|I ain't no carpenter, I'm a honey!|
A honey bee got into the photo shoot, too. Again, not really aggressive unless threatened. Mind you ... I really dislike yellow jackets! They're an example of aggressive!
|Carpenters at work|
|Sunrise is coming later|
The days are getting noticeably shorter. I'm catching just after sunrise when I leave home in the mornings for work. Last evening, my later day at work, it was just about dusk as I returned home around 8pm. Plainfield, NJ.
I've also been keeping up on the orchard spider. I Googled her, too. It's a Venusta Orchard Spider, a long-jawed orb-weaver. I will call her Venus. Anyway, I know at least one tiny spider came out of the ever-changing egg sac last week, but she's still working on it daily. It looked like this on Tuesday.
By Thursday, Venus had reinforced the whole thing. She was spinning (?) gobs of spider silk, balling it up, then adding it to the sac. Fascinating. Bridgewater, NJ.
|Chicory down low|
They mowed the grounds at the Plainfield Train Station, but many chicory blossoms survived the poor job they did.
Vincent does comfort very well, doesn't he?
How was your week?