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(Multi-photo)*** Don’t function like a cold, callous machine; operate with a warm, living heart.

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Don’t function like a cold, callous machine; operate with a warm, living heart.

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[These are ants collecting pollen on wild Queen Ann's Lace flowers.  Pollen is great protein for some species of ants.]

Ant on Queen Ann's Lace (1). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Ant on Queen Ann’s Lace (1). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Ant on Queen Ann's Lace (2). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Ant on Queen Ann’s Lace (2). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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Constant desire is the crutch of…

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Constant desire is the crutch of a very broken and injured mind.

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[Buffalo Treehoppers are aptly named for their hornlike projections, which suggest a buffalo's horns. Female Buffalo Treehoppers make crescent-shaped slits in young plant stems to lay their eggs.  The larvae are a pale green and are covered with short spines.]

Buffalo Treehopper photo, from successful buffalo hunting!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Buffalo Treehopper photo, from successful buffalo hunting! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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Watch it… sometimes your hobby becomes so intense that it begins to pursue you!

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Watch it… sometimes your hobby becomes so intense that it begins to pursue you!

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[I went out to the backyard (to the bird-feeder) to get a few photos of birds, for a change of pace from all of those insects that I am perpetually pursuing.  The following is what came to the bird-feeder.  Sorry about that!  I've been chasing insects for so long, I think they may be following me home!  It's, by the way, a Painted Lady butterfly.  Painted Lady butterflies do not eat bird seed... but they do like to be the center of attention!  ;)  ]

Just another egotist! (Painted Lady butterfly) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Just another egotist! (Painted Lady butterfly) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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Inner and integral happiness does not cost a dime!

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Inner and integral happiness does not cost a dime!

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[This is a Black Swallowtail Butterfly resting on a Thistle Flower.  Black Swallowtail Butterfly eggs are yellowish and ovoid shaped, and are laid on wild and cultivated plants of the carrot family, such as parsley, parsnips, celery, and carrots. There are two broods of Black Swallowtails annually in the North, and at least three in the South.]

Black is beautiful!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Black is beautiful! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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(Multi-photo)*** Nature has priceless and very precious gifts.

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Nature has priceless and very precious gifts.

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[A small Praying Mantis on a Red Lily.  This Praying Mantis was around an inch and a half long.  It is, I think, a male Carolina Praying Mantis.  The Carolina Praying Mantis is not seen very often in our rural Illinois area.  It was very aware of my presence and didn't stick around long.]

Small and different. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Small and different. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Small and different. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Small and different. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

 

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Most people, unfortunately, are content to remain in the limited…

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Most people, unfortunately, are content to remain in the limited… which is like staying in an enclosed, cold room.

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[This is a Painted Lady Butterfly, a Bee Assassin, a Green Tree Cricket, a Hover Fly, some Ants, and a Soldier Beetle on a Goldenrod Plant. The more the merrier!]

A big weekend party!  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

A big weekend party! Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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(Multi-photo)*** The implicate, illimitable order…

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The implicate, illimitable order always exists beyond limited, crass confinement.

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[This is a Red-eyed Planthopper, Acanalonia conica.  The Planthopper hops with gigantic leaps to get away from danger.  This rapid form of transportation is only used when it needs to make a quick getaway, though. Usually, Planthoppers move very slowly so as not to attract any unwanted attention from birds or other predators. I noticed this one temporarily resting on our cement porch; then I quickly ran in the house to grab my camera!]

Planthopper. Enlightenment personified (1). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Planthopper. Enlightenment personified (1). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Planthopper. Enlightenment personified (2). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Planthopper. Enlightenment personified (2). Photo by Thomas Peace 2014