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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Splash Of Rain

Two nights ago a slow moving line of thunderstorms splattered its liquid treasure onto the arid plains of the Llano Estacado. Flora and fauna hesitate to respond on a broad scale. The dearth of rain over the last year trumps brief episodes of the wet stuff. Within a day, mud puddles on ranch roads turn into slippery, red sludge. Occasionally Cooper leaves his signature in the goo. Fortunately his forays into the prairie straw quickly brush away the mud caked to his paws.

Resurgence of insects tops the revival list of prairie life. A young spider wasp aka Tarantula Hawk in search of nectar parades its rust-colored wings across the light green flower umbels of a Broadleaf Milkweed. Winged alates of Red Harvester Ants search for mates. The army of ants seems particularly aggressive in the presence of alates. They swarm across my shoes as I pause for a close-up image of the virgin queens.

© Ilija Lukić 2011

Tarantula Hawk On Milkweed

Winged Queens

Pink Hemisphere

Esqueletos De Oro (Cooper)

Red Sludge

Searching For Jack...Rabbit (Cooper)

Four Lives Of A Thistle

Golden Spines

Green Prairie Cone Flower

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