A highly prejudicial mind is like a coldly crafted puppet or a thoughtlessly made, prefabricated building; it was constructed to be what it is (by others).
[This is a very large Fishing Spider on a post of our Gazebo (at night) guarding its large egg sac. This Fishing Spider must have been over 2 inches long and its egg sac was also very large. It looks like it must have took a long time to carefully and skillfully form that huge egg sac. I was looking for spiders to photograph and was resting the camera against the post to get a steady shot of a smaller spider... when I suddenly came face to face with this huge creature! Nothing easily startles me... but this kind of did!]
Not an itsy bitsy spider by any means! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
Fear of things
can ruin your dreams
make you sweat
and fill you with Screams.
in the middle of the night
grind your teeth,
startle with Fright.
[This bat-like moth looks like it could be a Waved Sphinx Moth. Larvae of the Waved Sphinx Moth feed on Ash, Privet, and Lilacs. (Don't look too closely above the moth, to the right; a little webbing seems to be face-like... which won't help one's dreams!)]
Bat-like Waved Sphinx Moth. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
from Emily Dickinson:
A Spider sewed at Night
Without a Light
Upon an Arc of White.
If Ruff it was of Dame
Or Shroud of Gnome
Himself himself inform.
[This is a Black and Yellow Argiope Spider. We call them Banana Spiders here in the Midwest. Each Black and Yellow Argiope Spider carries an ominous, rather demonic set of images on its dorsal side... a clear message saying: "Don't mess with me!"]
Positioned “head down” as is typical for these and related species. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
The thrown rock creates the ripples, but the ripples of thought create the ego (i.e., the so-called central “I”).
[This is a Banded Argiope Spider - with ripples of colors - waiting for prey in a perfect web that she has spun. The Banded Argiope Spider is a large spider and is related to the Black and Yellow Argiope Spider (i.e., the Banana Spider). Their expertly woven webs have crossed, zigzag bands running through them that are very thick. It is thought that these have the dual function of attracting certain insects - since they reflect a lot of ultraviolet light that certain insects are attracted to - and for warning low flying birds. (Humans cannot see in the ultraviolet range.) I used to have a lot of these spiders crawling all over me when out in the fields photographing (and didn't mind it at all); but now I am better at spotting and avoiding the webs and going around them. Many of these spiders are well over and inch long. It is common for them to wait in the web with their head down. Note the webbing to the left and right of this spider.]
A real tiger. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
Do not merely look through the screen of fragmentation that was instilled within (and “as”) your mind.
[This is not, as many might think, a Monarch Butterfly. It is a Viceroy Butterfly, resting at the base of an Oak Tree along some moss. Unlike Monarchs, Viceroy Butterflies do not migrate south for the winter. Viceroy Butterflies overwinter as caterpillars, resting inside rolled leaves. Once the weather gets a bit colder, this Viceroy will likely perish; but its caterpillar offspring will survive the winter to emerge as new, splendid butterflies.]
At the end of an excellent life! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
Nothing is scarier than our elected politicians!
from E. E. Cummings:
witches and tingling
little hoppy happy
toad in tweeds
little itchy mousies
eyes rustle and run and
whisk look out for the old woman
with the wart on her nose
what she’ll do to yer
for she knows the devil ooch
the devil ouch
ach the great
Marbled Orb Weaver Spider. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014
Don’t lead a skeleton’s life. Ensure that your action has real meaning!
[This is the remnant skeletal framework of a plant growing along the river bank in the fall season. A diminutive spider can be seen with his handiwork.]
Plant Skeleton. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014