Ode to the life of a Cicada

Cicadas are everywhere around here and so this is my tribute to them.   Hope you enjoy.

You work your way up from the ground, crawling and climbing anything vertical you can grab.

 

Once you have found your comfy spot you settle in to shed that heavy shell that’s been holding you captive for the last 3 or 7 or 13 years.

Emerging white and fresh and new you slowly stretch your wings and feel the air on your back.

Filled with the desire for food and a mate, you take off flying up into the air toward the nearest tree or bush.  Leaving behind the shell that has protected you for so long.

Aww, nourishment at last!  Now to lure in the perfect female companion you begin singing your little heart out.  But no one is listening – you sing louder and louder! Finally a companion comes your way.

But life is fleeting and all too soon it is over.

The life cycle must continue though, and so the female (though bewildered by the 50 million other singing males) lays her eggs in the tree branches before she herself succumbs to the end.

The eggs hatch, allowing little baby cicada thingies to fall to the ground, to burrow deep into the soil, attempting to protect themselves from life’s tragedies.  The little ones can rest for a while now, and rest, and rest, and rest; until instinct calls them forth to begin the cycle once more…………of creeping people out everywhere they appear!

At least that’s what I think!

Kim

Savannah, GA Part 2

While in Savannah we took a boat tour of the Savannah River to see the sights from the waterway.   It was an incredibly beautiful day and we had a great time!   I highly recommend this tour if you go to Savannah.    I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to see the lighthouses up close but it was still a good day.   

One of the first things you see as you leave the dock is this statue of The Waving Girl.   There’s a legend about a young love-struck girl waving at all the in-coming and out-going ships while awaiting her sweetie to come back to her.    She did this day and night for years but he never returned.   So sad.

But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself there are a couple things I wanted to show you before we got on the boat.   This is the Georgia Queen paddle boat.   She was also dock at the riverfront area and was just beautiful.   Maybe next time we’ll take a dinner cruise on that boat.    There was a World War II Memorial that I thought was very interesting. It was different and unusual and I think that is why I liked it so much, besides what it ultimately represented.  

Of course my favorite part of the boat ride was watching the dolphins play in the surf of this big container ship that was heading back out to sea.  The dolphins were playing and having so much fun and we were fairly close.  

Not to be outdone by missing the lighthouses on the boat tour we decided to drive out to Tybee Island and see one up close and personal.  Too bad for us, it’s closed to tours on Tuesday, the day we were there and we were leaving the next day.   Oh well, gotta save something for next time huh?

One last picture to leave you with and some food for thought.  How big was a megalodon?   I found the following statement on the internet – a megalodon was to the great white shark what Godzilla would be to a gecko (paraphrased).     So if a great white shark can reach up to 20 ft long and that is like the gecko part of the example, then how big would the megalodon have been?    I don’t know either but pretty darn big to have a tooth the size of this one in it’s mouth.

The Savannah River is constantly being dredged to keep it deep enough for those giant ships to pass through and what they dredge up gets dumped along the banks of the river.  The more they dredge up the older the stuff they are dredging up.  Thus it is a fossil-hunters paradise in places.   This tooth was found along one of the banks of the Savannah River.  Pretty cool, huh?   Just look at the size of that thing compared to my husband’s hands and then think about the size of the mouth that would hold a tooth that size.    Whew, too big for me! 

Okay, so on to the next photo challenge from Shutterboo.   I have no idea how to photograph “anger” but looks like that is what’s next up so wish me the best. 

Kim

Finally, pictures to post!!!! Part 1

 Blog?  What blog?  Oh yea, I do have a blog, don’t I?   It’s been so long since I updated this thing I almost forgot about it.   Just kiddin’, I could never forget about my wonderful little photo blog.   I just have not had a chance to get any pictures edited and ready to post.   But I’m here now and ready to show you a few (as compared to what I took) pictures.     These are some of my favorite pictures from our recent trip to Savannah, GA.    What a beautiful city.    I loved all the old restored homes.   It looks like some place out of a movie – oh wait, there have been tons of movies filmed in Savannah.   I guess that explains that, huh?   It is also the settting of the book Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil by Frank Berendt.   While I had heard of this book I had never read it.   It was recommended to me that I read it before I went to Savannah.   So, I started reading it before we went, read some while we were there and finally finished it a couple nights ago.   It a true crime story which is not my usual taste in books, and I probably wouldn’t have liked it at all if it were not for being in Savannah.   It was really neat though to read a sentence like “Jim was sitting behind the desk in his study” and be able to actually see the room in your head (we toured the actual house where this crime took place – see picture of Mercer Williams house below).   But I think I will stick to my Christian fiction and Christian romance thank you very much. 

And so on with the pictures!   

The beautiful streets of Savannah, GA.

Can you tell I had to edit a parking meter right out of the middle of that one!  I hope not!

This is the Mercer Williams house from the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  Supposedly it’s haunted, but we didn’t see a single ghost!

This is an alley-way behind the shops on River Street.  I just thought it was so pretty. 

This is one of the shops on River Street.  I thought it was so pretty with the red awning. Of course, it had nothing to do with the fact that it was a candy shop. 

This is just one of the many beautiful squares in Savannah.   The historic district is set up in a grid-like pattern around some twenty-odd squares spaced ever so often in the middle of the grid intersections. So in other words you have drive around them to continue on the same street.   They are filled with statues and benches and beautiful plants.  Too many to post pictures of here.  You’ll just have to go there and see for yourself.  

This is a statue of the famed song writer Johnny Mercer in Ellis Square.   It is a more urban-like park with a splash/wading fountain thing and few, if any, trees. 

Of course if you know much about Savannah and anything about Food Network you probably know that Paula Deen is from Savannah and this is her restaurant.  No, we didn’t eat there. There was too long of a line just to make reservations to eat there.   I’m not that patient. 

Beautiful Forsyth Park Fountain.   What more can I say other than my picture does not do it justice!

We stayed within walking distance of City Market which is a little shopping/eating/live music blocked-off area of a street where the shops spill out into the street.   Very nice place to walk around.  This wagon was part of the decorations sitting around in the street. 

Okay that picture is for all my breast cancer fighting and surviving friends and family out there.  The shirts were too funny and I would love to have bought everyone I know a shirt but that just wasn’t financially possible so enjoy the view from here. 

Okay, just one more for this time and it is my submission for Shutterboo’s weekly challenge of “Tracks”.   I liked it, hope you do too. 

Part two will be up soon*! 

*”soon” is used here to imply the meaning of “when I get a chance”, not to be confused with the meaning “a time in the future that will occur quickly”

Thanks for looking!  Compliments  Comments are always welcome!!!

Kim