So I’ve been stuck at home, and not getting any real sleep. …Yeah, the heat has gotten to me. …And the nightmare that is the election season, here in the U.S. (And sorry for inserting politics into a photography post. …Even though it’s true.)
It’s only been in the 80s Fahrenheit, here in Maine, compared to the 90s around the convention sites—hot enough to deter protesters. It’s daily heat, though. Sweating. Every day. A tiny fan on an L.L. Bean box doesn’t do much, if you can believe it.
Greens and bird song like a jungle, and flies that are always getting at my ears. …I did see what was presumably the young chipmunk my mother saw.
One thing I noticed during the season are the birch bark shreds. I mean, can the winds really do this? I never really noticed this kind of thing before this summer.
…And then I noticed the mica in the driveway.
Yeah, this stuff is difficult to capture monoscopically (as opposed to stereoscopic view), with all the reflectivity that makes it clear that it is mica. My mother said she put gravel/sand in the driveway, so that could be the source. It was noticeable, nonetheless. …And then there was the fly, situated dead center of an anthill.
Prior to this shot, I lifted it by its wings to check to see if it was deceased. (It was.) …I mean, did an ant drag the fly all the way to the hill, or did it…just die there? I know the ants team up for hauling.
Plenty of ant action during summer months, of course. Including ant action in the house, showing up at more unusual places. Scent trails everywhere, it seems, dealing with them every day.
To beat the heat, I tried a cup of Luigi’s “Real Italian Ice.” No High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Gluten… no actual raspberry or watermelon either. I mean, talk about flavored corn syrup product. …My mother bought another box. At least the raspberry sorbet has actual raspberry.
Update: the Lemon and Strawberry box contains lemon and strawberry juice concentrate… whereas the Blue Raspberry and Watermelon had unspecified natural and artificial flavors in the list of Ingredients.
Well, that’s it for now. I need to relax. And drink more water.
For better pics, you can check out the photography tag for the blog. Or better yet check out the photography of The Bloke, Suzie’s fiancé— a whole Instagram account showcasing his work, and a Meet and Greet post at that.