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I intended a purely formal study of shape, texture, and shadow, in this purely artificial setting. The stone wall, wooden bridge, waterfall, ponds and plants shown here in Wetlands Park at Riverstone were all installed &/or constructed from material brought in after stripping the site down to bare dirt, sculpting the land with bulldozers, covering it with impermeable clay to retain water for public enjoyment and flood control. Fungal and bacterial members of the community hitchhiked in on the planted plants, wild animals, transient wind and water. Birds, Nutria, Alligators, and I are not complaining about the artificiality, just expressing gratitude for the opportunity. Especially the photobombing juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs (I think), flashing his tail and fertilizing the pond.
Happy Sliders Sunday!
Happy Mono Monday!
22 May 2022; 22:00 CDT; Velvia B&W conversion & adjustments.
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Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger.
On Endangered Species Day, I’ll note that Fox Squirrels are not endangered because they adapt readily to human habitats full of Live Oak acorns and bird feeders, both of which are available locally in abundance. Species that cannot cohabit with Homo sapiens are dropping like flies, birds, frogs, fish, and all the other Charismatic (and non-charismatic) Megafauna our laws and international treaties have spent 5 decades failing to protect. While I admire & celebrate the motives and diligence of those who have worked to preserve our wild cousins, I’ll pause to reflect that there are deeper mechanisms at work, as Sir David describes in this 6min video:
youtu.be/dbCR0KSU52g
Please join me in gratitude and appreciation for the natural world.
Happy Fence Friday! (By restricting wildlife mobility, fences create ecosystem “islands” that support fewer species.)
20 May 2022; 10:45 CDT; Velvia + 191;34;7

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“There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all”
—Lionel Richard, Michael Jackson, We Are the World

Juvenile male Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis, Cullinan Park, Sugar Land TX. I was not previously aware that there was an immature stage of big dragons. This guy’s thorax will turn fully blue, or has turned, if he has survived.

Dragonflies are no more endangered than the rest of us, but Friday will be a good day to remember Endangered Species, as is every other day.

And yes, I noticed the Ukrainian colors, and the Human Rights Coalition logo. Hope you did too.

If the future seems daunting, as it does to Sir David (6min),
youtu.be/dbCR0KSU52g
remember to be grateful that we live, and also for this moment.

18 May 2022; 10:45 CDT; Velvia + ;206;42;6

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Some day, not too long,
‘Hallelujah’ be the song.
No Eternal Way.

Happy Mono Monday!
Location has low precision.
16 May 2022; 10:45 CDT; Acros SOOC 230;33;7

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Freedom Tower & environs, Manhattan.
Just so you know, according to The Economist, The Supreme Court of the United States will reorder US society youtu.be/Ne9-iDtGgzM in the next 15 months with decisions on abortion, gun laws, equal opportunity, voter rights, and environmental protection. Preliminary indications are that current law on each item will be overturned, dramatically redistributing freedoms among the citizens.
You may or may not wish to celebrate. Most of the citizens will not be happy, according to polls. Please don’t shoot the messenger.
15 May 2022; noon CDT; iPhone; 154;34;6

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