My blog has a more visual look to it this week. I hope this doesn't upset my legions of fans (ha ha). I must have a fan club though evidenced by the pretty young model types infatuating over a blown-up poster of me (ha ha again).
More interesting is the following series of photos I took on a trip this past weekend to my parents' cabin in Alpena. We witnessed a dragon fly hatching, certainly a first for me. Tens of ugly bugs climbed out of the water and up a seawall where they, um, did their thing.
You can see the dragon fly emerging from its bug shell in a process that took probably a half hour or so. Then the little guys had to wait for their wings to dry and strengthen before they could fly off.
It did illustrate how fragile life is. A few dragonflies fell back into the water where they perished. Birds swooped in to take some more. And others just never managed to get airborne. And then they need to eat, ward off predators, avoid being stepped on, etc.
I told my wife Wendy that these bugs have to in effect physically deliver themselves, then teach themselves how to fly very quickly before heading off on their own. Imagine what it would be like if humans did that--pulled themselves out of the womb, righted themselves, then walked off after a little while to start looking for a job. I wonder about our youngest son who is living with us as he nears 24. Why can't humans be more like dragonflies.?
Or even like that deer in the last photo here. It's a fawn with his mother nowhere to be found. He's actually in the yard of my parents' cottage looking at me and Wendy inside through a window just a few feet away (my brother-in-law took this photo from next door).
While we wondered if the deer could make it without his mother, my sister opined, "He's okay. He's just dumb." Either that or just showing the naivete of youth. Can you spell v-e-n-i-s-o-n? Hopefully, he'll learn to hide better come hunting season.