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Another Day, Another Tick Bite…

Finished up the last of the spring gardening this weekend. Everything’s in the ground that’s going in the ground, and now it’s just weeding and occasional watering until fall comes along and I get the urge to build another giant bed somewhere. (Okay, not entirely true—when the broccoli comes out, I’ll probably plant more basil in the holes, but that hardly counts.)

The water tigers have hatched out in the pond, and they are somethin’. Little black pointy things, offspring of the diving beetle. There are two crops of tadpoles going, the Big and the Teeny—the Big were actually Teeny not that long ago, but have quintupled in size and may start growing legs soon. (Although I’m puzzled, because there were two different kinds of frog eggs, and I honestly don’t know if there are actually two different kinds of tadpoles in there now. They all look the same, anyway.) I watched a water tiger will knife through the water and grab a Teeny tadpole. It’s getting very Darwinian in there, and I’m glad that the Big tadpoles got going before the water tigers. (Although even they get the hell outta the tiger’s way.)

Oh well, nature red in tooth and…err…mandible, I guess. Given that there’s at least a hundred tadpoles in the pond, I am confident that the frog population will be increasing regardless of the water tigers. (I regret that I cannot photograph any of this, but camera work on things underwater in a vaguely reflective pond is really kinda beyond me. Everything autofocuses on the reflection of the sky.)

Other than that, I have done little or nothing of interest this week. Dragonbreath art, Dragonbreath writing, eat, sleep, read a bit, fish confused cicadas out of my cleavage… (True Story. Not Fun For Anyone.) Which is a pleasant life to live, cicadas aside, but not a particularly interesting one to read about.

There is a new Eat Cheap podcast up–“It’s a severed limb that tastes like health food!” or available on iTunes.

Originally published at Squash's Garden. You can comment here or there.

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Two words: polarizing filter.

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Ditto. And please tell me that is not a snake with a cat.

I was just about to repeat the first thing my wife said, which was "tell her to try a polarizing filter!"

Take your pictures on an overcast day or shade the area you're shooting with your own head. Use the macro (the little flower) setting on the camera to get close.

Sounds like fun for the cicada.

And with that, it's official. Your life is now a joke from an episode of Family Matters.

manual focus mode? otherwise lock focus on something else the right distance without a reflective surface in the way then swing back and snap.

Yeah, I'm going to go out with the camera and see what I can get in a bit. I think if I flip to manual and play around a little I can probably get something for her.

I totally read *cichlid*.....

That would be a very, very confused cichlid. Haha.

You should get a polarized lens attachment for your camera to deal with water reflection shots! Usually they're around $30.00 but you can get them super cheap at www.dealextreme.com if you're willing to wait the month it takes to ship from China.

Five words:

Turn off autofocus.
Polarizing filter

I suspect it's a very pleasant life for the cicada - or at least a nice interlude...

I read the title after coming in from out in the tall grass.

Now, I have to go and obsessively check to make sure NONE of those tickles are ticks. And then I'll have to do it again in five minutes and ten minutes and eleven minutes and....

Autofocus isn't going to work, so you'll have to go manual. A polarizing filter should take care of the glare.

Ursula, the way you write, your life could be honestly boring and it would be fun to read about. :)

I don't know what happened with the poor cicada, but I immediately remembered an incident, lo the many years ago, where I was whipping along at 60+ mph on a two-lane highway (that's one lane in each direction, with no passing possible due to the terrain) between two semis.

I had about 4-5 car-lengths between me and the semi in front of me. The driver of the semi behind me seemed to feel that an entire car-length of space was generous.

And a bumblebee blew in the open window.

I spoke to it nicely, asking it to keep it's visit brief and to leave the way it came. Unfortunateley, it chose to go exploing down my clevage.

I braced myself and prepared to not let the sting I KNEW was coming affect the motion of my vehicle in any way, as I did not trust the driver of the semi behind me to react appropriately or in time. I then dug my left hand into the vulnerable space, in one motion I flipped the bee out of there and out the window, turned off at the first opportunity, parked and shook for half of an hour.

I'm pretty sure the bee survived.

That is incredibly impressive. Bravo to your composure and driving skills!

This is the result of having a scientist/artist for a mother and an engineer/inventor for a father. Mom answered questions by putting things under a microscope so we could see the results of being stupid and Dad required a strong understanding of Newton's Three laws prior to learning how to drive. (A geometry refresher was needed before he taught parking.)

Have you tried scooping any critters out for a closer look? We have a little 6x4x2 inch plexiglass aquarium that we always bring on float trips, along with a seine net. It's fun to catch minnows and look at them close up - not to mention tadpoles!

When i was in HS i used to take the cup-o-taters to school with me. I would also take along some lunchmeat and sliced cheese and make meat/cheese/tater roll ups for lunch. I got some of the oddest looks but it was tasty and often better food than the cafateria was offering.

also limited edition for foods is their way of saying experimental and if they get good responses it might become less limited. At least that's my experience.

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