Wednesday, May 4, 2011

they're back

Do you hear it? The constant whirring sounds like the mother ship is hovering overhead, just out of sight. Cicadas.

Before today, I had yet to see one, so that made the sound that much more eerie.

I went in search of, camera in hand, and was pulled toward the forest by the deafening sound.

These empty pods are hanging from the trees, shed after 13 years underground.

Apparently they have only one purpose - no they do not eat all the vegetation in site like the locusts, they do not bite or sting.

They are lovers, not fighters. Their only purpose is to mate (kind of like prom night?), or to use granddaughter Sarah's word - they are procreating!

They sound like this, click HERE

~photos taken 3 May 2011 in Cross Hill, South Carolina at our present home away from home, All Seasons Family Campground


Stray Stitches said...

Just looking at those pictures makes my skin crawl. We don't have cicadas here but I hear them all the time when I visit my DD#1 in Albuquerque.

Bro. Byron said...

One of my favorite sounds. Nothing more relaxing than sitting on the back porch in the evening listening to the cicadas, bullfrogs, and whippoorwills.