Tag Nature

Departing the Reservoir

Entropy is the subdivision of curves. (On those long drives home, past anonymous towns beneath golden afternoon skies, composing letters to you the entire distance, believing blindly that all these sprinting arcs rejoin.)

Sleep a Starry Orbit

Tradition and Remedy

The Furnace Tender


The Foundation of Small Tangles

“Fall is the right time for saying goodbye,” she said.

A Sea of Small Breaths

Below the Weir

Little Wonder

In this image, a diminutive jumping spider (member of the family Salticidae — possible member of subfamily Dendryphantinae) explores the territory of a counter in my apartment.

These are curious little beasties — and highly evolved. They possess both book lungs and tracheal organs for breathing. They may navigate almost any terrain — including glass — due to the tiny hairs on the ends of their legs. Their median eyes are large and capable of great sensitivity across a wide spectrum.

The Wikipedia entry on Salticidae notes — without citation — that they are also inquisitive creatures. This appears to be accurate. They behave quite differently than other spiders. They pause to study new phenomena rather than simply lighting the (hemolymph) afterburners and running for cover.

(If you meet one, give it a pass, would you? They’re just slightly larger than the tip of a sharpened pencil and thus only of danger to insects.)

Look Into My Eye Spots

I encountered this (female?) European Mantis (Mantis religiosa) at the edge of the driveway just after cutting back some ground cover. The little black spots in their eyes — which appear to be tiny pupils to an observer — are not ‘eye spots’ in the usual meaning of the term. They actually result from the structure of the eye itself.