June 20, 2003

Photo Op

We are about to reach the peak of the Cicada emergence around here, and down in the valley, we don't have anything like the number of these critters up on the ridges. But even down here, they are making quite a racquet. Their WeeeOhhhh WeeeeOhhhh sort of gets into your head like a commercial jingle or silly song and it's hard to not hear them.

Maybe that's why I came up with this cicada-centric photo op. I can't find enough of the cast off shells the new cicadas emerge from to make this picture myself, so somebody else will have to er, put legs on this one. Just send me a copy and credit me with the idea. No, on second thought, just send the picture.

Here's the image. Background: the shoulder and arm of a man sitting outdoors at a patio table drinking a beer. In the foreground, a snack bowl full of what appear at first to be Fried Pork Skins. But on closer examination, it is a bowl full of cicada exoskeltons.

I'm sorry. It just occurred to me while I was out cutting the grass (and oh maybe thinking how good a delicious malt beverage might taste later) that they look like fried pork skins on legs. And since perhaps the majority of you are not acquainted with either the southern snack items of Real Beer Drinking Men or the insect that resembles them (the snacks, not the men, mostly) just forget I said anything about this. Really.

Posted by fred1st at June 20, 2003 04:37 PM | TrackBack

Do cicadas over there have "good" years and bad? Some years here, they are totally deafening as numbers are much increased. We used to have a bush property and one year there were discarded shells even on small stalks of bracken. I use them as a weather forecast. If they are particularly loud in the evening, the next day will be a scorcher. Always works.

Posted by: Jan at June 20, 2003 05:12 PM

I'd help you but we don't have cicadas here. If we did, the cats would probably eat the exoskeletons and there would go the photo op.

Posted by: Joel at June 20, 2003 06:17 PM

You immediately made me think of a book I read when I was young......."How To Eat Fried Worms"...silly...but, heck, there's nothing wrong with eating a few bugs every now and again.

The photo? I'd love to see it. That would be fantastic!

Posted by: Da Goddess at June 21, 2003 05:35 AM

Then there is this website:



Posted by: Joel at June 22, 2003 01:02 AM

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