Welcome to Sunday Selections #8
As bloggers, most of us have built up picture files of photos we think we might use "one day".
Often, as newer photos are filed and used, these older files are forgotten about.
They lie dormant on our hard drives, quietly singing to themselves,"what about me, it isn't fair"..
Well, here's your chance to use these forgotten photos.
Have a gander through all those old photo files and pick a few (or even just one) that have been there a long time, but never used.
You know, because a better idea came along.
Post them on a Sunday, under the Sunday Selections title, then link back to Kim, at Frogpondsrock, because this wonderful concept is hers.
Then hop on over to Kim's and add your name to her linky list.
It really is that simple!
The selection I've chosen today is called "Husks".
This first picture is a spider husk. It was caught in a web just outside my kitchen door and even after several weeks, it's still there. I took the photo the day I first saw it, about six weeks ago. By now I thought it would have blown away or got washed off by rain, but it's right beside the door frame, so I guess it's protected there from the weather.
I have to confess, this second photo is not at all old.
I took it this morning.
I was outside checking on my tomatoes, when I noticed a dark brown "something", clinging to one of the leaves.
As I reached to pick it off, it flew away.
I turned over the leaf and saw this caterpillar husk.
The moth or butterfly must have hatched out early this morning.
It flew away too quickly for me to see which it was.
These next three photos date back to about 2008. I think. Could be 2007.....
It's a praying mantis, shedding it's outgrown skin.
I wasn't out there while the actual shedding was going on, but I was there to see the mantis walking away from the newly shed skin, so raced inside for the camera.
(Now, of course, I'm smarter, and pick up the camera before going outside.
You never know what you might spot.)
The pale brown stick-like figure clinging to the bird netting is the mantis.
The near transparent white that you see in the bottom left is the newly shed skin, the husk.
Here is a closeup of the still soft and fragile praying mantis. He'll take a couple of days to harden to his former strength.