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Lilly Encounters Her First Alien

Ever notice that dogs don’t startle much?

The neighborhood is getting ready early for Halloween.

Steve takes Lilly for a walk to the vet. It’s in the neighborhood and he wanted to re-familiarize her for the shots she’s getting next week and to weigh her.

She lost a pound and walked in like she owned the place.

A minute or so after they left, they encountered this structure on the front lawn of somebody’s abode.

Lilly at first didn’t see it. But when she finally did, Steve said she did a double-take and nearly jumped a foot in the air, startled by this strange creature.

He laughed and laughed and after he told me we both laughed and laughed.

Thank you Lilly Belle for the laughs!

Lilly Belle Pi







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Insect Or Drone?



Can insects communicate with humans, so the human knows what they’re communicating?

I open the blinds and there clings an insect to the screen. Big as far as insects I’ve seen go.

I stared and the insect stared back. I could sense the insect strategizing as it attempted to slowly move it’s legs. Maybe it was injured and couldn’t let go of the screen and live.

Maybe it wanted in and was trying to figure how.

Seven floors up is high for most flying insects I’ve seen. I’ve never seen a bee or hornet fly that high up. Nor a butterfly. Palmetto bugs fly high – this wasn’t one of those. Flies, yes. But flies figure out quickly how to get in. They don’t hang around staring at who’s staring at them. This insect was too big for most small openings.

In my mind I thought, ‘you’re not going to make it here’. As I turned to look away, I startled ever so slightly as I thought absent words, ‘does that mean me or the insect?’.

I still wonder. Finally the insect as if on cue veered to the left, or my right, and took off like a helicopter turning abruptly away from a fire as it approached too close.

Insects are intricately designed. It’s like they’re all armored up. That’s a major feat by the universe to create something so small so intricate. This one looks like a one-insect-army with all the bells and whistles.

They probably could take over the planet if they wanted to.

What if it’s a drone gone rogue? Or worse, a drone following orders.

It looks like there’s some metal on that bird.



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Spring Walks Me Home

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Black Squirrels In Lakewood

I never heard of a black squirrel. Never saw one in person or in a picture. While walking with Steve to view some of the apartment/condo buildings on the Gold Coast near where we live, we happened upon a bunch of black squirrels in a small region of a small neighborhood, running from yard to yard, tree to tree. It was like they were showing off for us. So of course I had to oblige and take their picture, so they could be posted on Birth Of A Seed!

 







		
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A Catalpa Tree Grows Where I live

Years ago, in our front yard on Arthur Street in Springfield Massachusetts grew a catalpa tree. Large leaves with long bean-like pods and white pungent flowers that stuck to the sidewalk where they fell. That was a long time ago and the tree has since been taken down. In all the places I lived since childhood, I never did see another. Till now. I’ve been in this part of Cleveland for ten years and walked by it many times, yet never did see it, standing right in front of me. A joyful discovery.

 
 

There’s Steve walking on home.

 





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Spring Afternoon Delight

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Beauty On The Corner Of Cleveland And Lakewood

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