Monday, August 21, 2006

Alien Emergence

A Dog Day Cicada (Tibicen canicularis) finishing up a moult, looking straight of the set of the movie Aliens. Cicadas are fascinating insects, with the Magicicada variety famous for it's 13- and 17- year periodic life cycle.

You can see the abandoned skin under the insect. Cicadas are incredibly beautiful at this "just reborn" phase when their wings are still so fresh. Their singing was nice too.

Please do view large to see the best details (click on the image).






Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Box Elder Creek at Lowry Range

This photograph I took when I was doing fieldwork last year at the former Lowry Bombing Range east of Denver. It's been pretty popular on Flickr,so I thought might as well share it here.



Friday, August 04, 2006

We Love You Wickett

The cat that has been with my wife and I since we met ten years ago died today. We found her coated in dog saliva with bits of white dog hair near her body. She was the greatest cat anyone can imagine and I have no words to express my sadness that she had to come to such an awful end. We have no kids, our cats are our family. We love you sweet soft Wickett.