Two creatures that fly; and some amazing sky.

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Ichneumon wasp An ichneumon wasp hangs underneath a pineapple sage leaf on the kitchen window. It’s a parasitic wasp which lays its eggs inside caterpillars. The sharp poiny thing in its rear end is an ovipositor, not a sting.

Magpie A magpie. It kept its beady eye on me and hopped from branch to branch as I moved around under the plane tree. The light under the canopy was green, filtering through the thin new leaves.

Dark cloudy sky 1 Rain falls (at the top of the picture), but not near me.

Dark cloudy sky 2 Interesting clouds and colour (especially at the horizon).

Sky on fire 1 Holy red-sky-at-night, Batman!

Sky on fire 2 The setting sun fills the sky with colour. A rain storm fills the upper right of the photograph. But no rain fell close to where I was standing though.

[No saturation adjustment was made to either of these sunset shots, what you see is what I saw].

October 15, 2004 podcast

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