… are not necessarily street kids
Paula over at Lost In Translation has put up another excellent photo challenge based on choosing one of five words.
I chose Elusive.
Here’s another shot of the green grass crab spider I posted last week.
Catching sight of this elusive arachnid whose natural camouflage abilities are a match for the best of them is special at any time. Considering he is nocturnal managing a photograph is a treat and a half!
Macro Monday #34
Jude has a nice photo of a Flower Beetle (Oedemera nobilis) and I mentioned I had a shot of a similar looking beetle somewhere.
And here it is. I have been unable to determine which species of Longhorn Beetle this is, so if any of you clever folk out there want to have a crack at finding out, be my guess.
Longhorn Beetle on Rose.
If a male weaver wants a ‘roll in the grass’ he first has to get it!
As the weather warms the male’s urgency to build at least one nest that will survive the seemingly pedantic attentions of potential mates also hots up.
This chap is visiting the fresh pond grass that appears every year among the water irises and other flora that grow on the floating island on the pond.
They are very clever and fascinating to watch. The modus operandi seems to be to first land on one of the nearby shrubs in pots around the pond and from here launch themselves toward the stronger, thicker lower third of a chosen stem. Once this is successfully negotiated, climb upward like a magician doing the Indian rope trick until the grass bends and the bird is in a more or less horizontal position, which is apparently the best position to then strip long lengths of grass from the stem.
After comments on a previous post questioning the integrity of many christians about how they can disregard the supernatural claims of the Old Testament – Adam and Eve, Noah, Exodus etc, – yet accept without blinking the resurrection claims concerning the character, Jesus of Nazareth, Nate Owens has laid out another excellent post. Definitely worth a read if only to watch the inevitable fur fly!
In the comment thread of my last post, some of us mentioned that it’s hard for us to understand the point of view of Christians who believe the Bible can be inspired by God, without holding to the doctrine of inerrancy. unkleE left the following comment:
How is it that in everything else in life – whether it be ethics, or politics, relationships, science, history, law, even disbelief – we are willing to make decisions based on non-inerrant evidence and reasoning, but when it is belief in God we require inerrant evidence? I reckon your first thought might be that the stakes are so much higher. But that logic applies to disbelief as well. If we applied that logic, no-one would be an atheist because they didn’t have inerrant knowledge for that conclusion. You would not have any belief either way until you gained inerrant knowledge.
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For my ”three” readers. You know who you are, right?
In the time I have been blogging and engaging those who believe in gods, and Christians in particular, there has never been an instance that a Christian has produced a shred of evidence to make me come away from a discussion wondering if there was any veracity to a single claim made by such people.
And the more time passes the more desperate their arguments are becoming. It truly is pathetic how, on one hand they become science deniers, stridently demanding that the bible is innerant, or later you read about how religion and science are compatible. This is especially apparent soon after some groundbreaking scientific discovery is made that trashes a previously held religious belief and the religious scramble to find a response
The findings of the Human Genome Project, which finally destroyed any notion of the biblical Adam and Eve, is a perfect example.
We live in an age where technology has opened up vast resources of information. Information available to the professional and layperson alike.
And has this ”open-book” revealed any greater degree of veracity about the foundational tenets of religion?
No. None at all.
In fact, with every passing year more and more evidence comes to light that reveals the bible and its contents to be entirely mythological.
An elaborate work of historical fiction.
It is only a matter of time before such nonsense is confined to the realms of fantasy in its entirety and we as a species can embrace each other as people without this garbage and we shall look back upon such nonsense, shake our heads and wonder:
“How the hell could we have been so blind?”
The clock is ticking …
”And so castles made of sand … slips into the sea …. eventually.”
On our way back from an early Saturday morning ‘shopping run’, I called shotgun so I could shoot a few random photos. As we crossed from one side of the Shopping Mall to the other, we went via the almost deserted open air car-park and I caught a brief glimpse of this … I would have liked to turn around for a better shot but we’d just got a call there were people waiting at home and so we were in a bit of a rush.
I was immediately reminded of Terry Pratchett’s novel, Reaper Man, where the character, Death is forced to retire and so for a while there is no one to collect the souls after Life passes on.
As part of the plot, Life begins to seep into other dimensions and this includes a giant mall and the accompanying Trolleys (very loosely based on the movie Aliens) which find their way to the Discworld where they seem to have a rudimentary sentience.
Read the book. It is very funny, trust me!
Ist September is technically the first day of Spring down here in S.A.
But the garden doesn’t seem to run by such a strict calendar and already the signs are there …. Spider hatchlings are showing up.
Tiny Jumping Spider on Gazania.
Coral Tree bloom
Almost fully laden with pollen, honey bee makes one last stop.
Strelizia’s are opening.
Crab Spiders are showing up all over the place once more
Gazanias are flowering like crazy
Lemon trees are loaded
The pond is waking up
Sheesh! Yes, Spring is lovely. We get it. Now, are we going out to get my food or what?
Guess who’s lurking?