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I’ve seen the sunset from an eternal shore.

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I’ve seen the sunset from an eternal shore.

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[This is a Tree Cricket.  Tree crickets are found around the world, in a variety of colors; they live in trees, shrubs, bushes, plants and grasses. If you've ever been outdoors in summer or autumn, day or night, there is an excellent chance that you have heard the loud and beautiful trilling songs of male tree crickets.]

Jiminy Cricket!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Jiminy Cricket! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Feel and care beyond yourself.

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Feel and care beyond yourself.

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[This conglomeration of insects consists of Buckeye Butterflies, two or three Drone (Hover) flies, and other insects.  Buckeye butterflies cannot survive freezing temperatures in any stage, so they must migrate south; otherwise, they will perish. Therefore, many  Buckeyes that spend their summers in northern states, fly south to overwinter in Gulf Coast states such as Florida. The buckeyes enjoy being together often, and prefer to fly in open areas, where they sun themselves. Their wingspan is 1.5-2.7 inches.]

The Important Conference (1).  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

The Important Conference (1). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Walking on water…

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Plenitude of insight exists with (and “as”) direct and simple clarity (beyond mere symbols).

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[There's some simple clarity here!  These aren't skydivers dropping down to earth... they're the insects known as Water Striders; they "walk" on water!  Water Striders use their forelegs to grab insects trapped by the water's surface tension and also to make ripples to communicate with each other.  (We use sound waves when we talk/communicate!) They use their middle legs for rowing and their hindlegs for steering. There is a living clam to the lower left.]

Having the time of their lives! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Having the time of their lives! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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When you’ve been out in nature photographing over the years so long that the insects come and land on you… maybe it’s time — like so many do — to…

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When you’ve been out in nature photographing over the years so long that the insects come and land on you… maybe it’s time — like so many do — to stay indoors!    ;)

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[This is a Red Admiral Butterfly.  When the insects come to you... doing macro photography is a whole lot easier!  :) ]

Another six-legged friend! (2) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Another six-legged friend! (2) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Another six-legged friend! (1) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Another six-legged friend! (1) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Unfolding out of the folds…

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The universe is expanding and unfolding — like a beautiful flower — and we (especially when we are open and caring) are part of the blossoming.

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[This is a photo of a lily flower blossoming.  In the flower, you can see the pistil and the various (topped in yellow) stamen.  It is also a photo of the universe unfolding out of the folds.  ;) ]

Unfolding out of the folds.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Unfolding out of the folds. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. — Aristotle

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Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.      — Aristotle

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[This is a Southern Cloudy Wing Skipper.  They prefer wooded margins, especially near clover and other legumes upon which the larvae feed.]

Favorite resting place.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Favorite resting place. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Establish value in orderly, direct perception… not in limited patterns of…

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Establish value in orderly, direct perception… not in limited patterns of the standard,  (rather mediocre) norm.

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[This insect is an adult Green Stink Bug.  They can, when disturbed,  emit copious amounts of foul-smelling fluid.  Both adults and nymphs (a nymph was photographed not long ago) possess large stink glands on the undersurface, opening through conspicuous slits.]

Watching me!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Watching me! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014