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May 25, 2011

Cicada Madness

I've been on something of a Cicada kick recently. It's hard not to if you live in Middle Tennessee. They invade every aspect of life.
Friendly cicada
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One morning this week, while speaking with my boss, I leaned back in my chair and put my hands behind my head. As I lifted my arms my right shoulder creaked. It sounded like the knees of 50 geriatrics doing deep-knee bends simultaneously. Since there was no pain I tested out my new found oldness, I moved my arm up and down slowly. My shoulder emitted the creak with every upswing. I reached up my shirt sleeve and pulled out the culprit. I have no idea how long that cicada hung out inside my shirt without my knowledge, I'm just glad it did. I rather enjoyed the look on my boss's horrified face.

The cicada chirp is ubiquitous. The brain tunes it out after a period of time, the background of daily life. After sitting outside near the deafening sound of a tree full of cicadas, going inside is like someone turning out the lights of sound with your ears stumbling around in the dark seeking out any sound to listen by.

When I left work yesterday I noticed tons of cicadas flying around my car. I wandered over to where they were clustered and found the wall of cicadas in the video above. The sound was overwhelming and the sight truly amazing. How many bugs were on that wall? Thousands? Tens of Thousands?

Yes, it's difficult to not be on some kind of cicada kick these days in Nashville. I really do like these freaky things.

Oh, the image below...I managed to pull myself away from cicadas long enough to capture the image on my phone. It's a machine used to bore out pipes. I really like the shot but there doesn't seem to be much interest on my Flickr or Redbubble accounts. I used the Vignette app for both of these photos.

Pipe Machine, May 24, 2011

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  1. Anonymous5/26/2011

    Great loud wall of Cicadas; must have thought a new kind of tree had sprung up while on their 13 year sleep-over!. Loved it.

  2. Thanks anon. My gorgous wife wondered the same but the building has been here since the 80s. I remember it was deemed the ugliest new building in Nashville when it was first built...perhaps they're just attracted to ugly :)

  3. Anonymous5/31/2011

    And what building is this exactly?? i want to steer clear!

  4. No worries. They're gone from the wall, now, Anon :)


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