Photos and Essay By Chuck Nafziger
The old adage says the only things certain are death and taxes. Uncertainty seems to be a goal in our crazy, fast paced society; uncertainty in job security, planning for retirement, and climate. Malls and large stores are set up so there are no easy ways to get from one place to another. Uncertainty and disorientation make it more probable that the confused customer will make unplanned purchases. There is uncertainty as to whether the Post Office will withstand the government's attempts to crush it, whether public education will be destroyed by privatization, or whether imperial overreach will blow back war to our shores.
It seems every day when Jill and I sit on the porch having lunch, a vulture flies over. We always yell, "Not today, check again tomorrow." It is uncertain when he will get his treat.
My bug photography has thrown me way off balance. Nothing I expect happens and new things, many that I had never heard of before, pop up. Luckily, Belinda, my bug photography mentor, showed me a link to a site that both details a huge number of bugs, and allows one to submit photos for identification. I hate to bother Dr. Peterson with all the new and beautiful insects I have been finding. The site, bugguide.net, has been invaluable in making IDs for me. Now I can be fairly certain of identifications--I was always uncertain when finding insects on Flick'r sites since there is a great amount of miss-identification on the web. But proper identification is only the first step in the study of what behavior the bug might have, how many of the bugs are around, and how it interacts with me and my life here. The attached photos are some of my new ones, with identifications coming from a variety of places.
The future may be uncertain but I think it is important to stay in the present and not to do too much "future tripping." For now, I want to at least better understand what is here around me. That may help me better understand how the pieces may work in a changing environment, but by itself, it is fun today.