Sunday, July 19, 2020
Yesterday Dave and I took Olga to the cemetery for a rare family walk. I always love it when all three of us can go! And I was glad to find the six-spot burnet moths making their annual summer appearance.
They're black, with red spots, but sometimes when the light hits them a certain way they look shiny and iridescent.
Here's one in flight -- not the best shot, but you can see its bright red underwings. Often when flying they just look like a red blur.
And here's one joined by a bee on a thistle. Look at all the bright yellow pollen on the underside of that bee!
Anyway, we had a good walk, and I got some other pictures too, but I'll save those to fuel my blog's summertime bug-a-day theme.
I also found this very peculiar feather. There aren't a lot of green birds flying around -- except feral parakeets, and I suspect that's where this came from. Then again, maybe it's a turaco feather! (I haven't seen the turaco in a while, but I've heard it recently so it's still here.)
I suddenly realized yesterday that we're just a few weeks away from going back to school. The plan as it stands now is for all our students and teachers to return, with limited class sizes and activities, more physical barriers, distancing, masks in certain places and at certain times of the day and that kind of thing. Dave and I are both nervous about it, but we also recognize that life goes on. I'm not sure exactly what date I return -- I think it's a month from today. Just when I was getting used to all this down time!