Friday, August 19, 2011
Dog days of summer
Unusual angle on a dragonfly. (Lynn's photo)
The dog days of summer - but you probably already know...
In Roman times, the hot, languid days of summer were believed to be caused by the dawn rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. An appropriate sacrifice (a brown dog) was made to appease the angry Sirius in attempt to ease the heat wave.
From just a little bit of reading, I've found that we should see Sirius clearly in our winter sky, when it's overhead, and located not far from Orion's belt. I guess in the summer it's up during the day (logical, since it rises with the sun).
Okay, this Dog Days bit was prompted by Lynn's cellphone video of the chirring of a Dog Day Cicada. The cicada itself, she says, is just above the cluster of red leaves!
Link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81bfLTKHB2A
Calvatia cyathiformis - Purple-spored Puffball, growing over near the blackberries. (Lynn's id)
Okay, I'll try to get a bird list squeezed in here, between photos.
Another two-week period, but with fall migration approaching, it may be time to get back to weekly listing and blogging.
Birders for the weeks of August 8-12 and 15-19, 2011:
Lynn, Sue, Tom
Birds for the two-week period:
5. Great Blue Heron
10. Mourning Dove
15. Northern Mockingbird
20. House Wren
American Redstart - possible/likely
25. Song Sparrow
one of our paths is choked with poison ivy!
and our blackberries are ripening in the warmth of August