Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Life Cycle Completed

Yesterday I spent some time going down a relatively short memory lane. I wasn't entirely happy with the quality of the photos within the included storage system, so I took a look at the place my daughter uses, Flickr. I was amazed at the difference in the quality of the viewable photos.

I have managed to find, and load 9 of the photos I have featured in my Backyard View, as well as those I've posted elsewhere in my blog, and, thanks to some pointers provided by my daughter, have provided a link to these photos should anyone wish to view a larger version of my Backyard view photos, or if you'd like to take a stroll around the yard via past pictures. Just click on the current Backyard photo in my sidebar and it will take you there! I will be searching for other past photos and adding them as they reveal themselves to me, as well as updating the set as I add photos here in the future.

Last night Pa and I watched the second of our Netflix movies for the week. National Treasure: Book Of Secrets, starring Nicolas Cage, the second in the National Treasure series was as much fun as the first one that we watched quite awhile back. Plenty of adventure, several chuckles, a car chase for the guys, mystery brain puzzlers.. something for everyone. We ordered this movie to view ourselves, after the kids bedtime, but it would've been fine for them to view, and I expect they would've enjoyed it as well. We may well choose to get it again for their viewing at a later date.

Now for the big news of the day. Several weeks ago, the kids each found a caterpillar and carefully placed them in their chosen containers, along with a few leaves, some grass and a stick. Within a couple days, both caterpillars had spun cocoons. It was really quite interesting as we were actually able to watch as one of them completely surrounded itself with the finely spun material. We watched as it's head bobbed around, and the cocoon became thicker and thicker, his body gradually fading into a darker and darker shadow,until his figure was finally completely hidden from view.

This morning Lindsay glanced over at her container and began squealing with delight. Her caterpillar had completed it's transformation and was now a "beautiful" moth awaiting release. What a wonderful, exciting way to start our day!


HDMac said...

I always love to read your blog as to what is going on in your life. I love the caterpillar transformation. What a beautiful lesson for the kids. My brother used to have a book "Science in Your Own Backyard." I enjoyed that book almost as much as he did. I am going to have to find something like that for my grandchildren. We do so learn from the life around us.

toomanyhats said...

Okay, I am officially jealous! We have never, ever managed to get a caterpillar to actually spin a coccoon...and then it actually completed the process! Amazing!

HDMac said...

Connie, come see me on my blog. There is an award waiting for you there! lol.. I don't know if I did it right, but still fun!!!!!

HDMac said...

Ok... I think all three! I got all three...so you get them too! lol... I right clicked and saved the awards individually on my computer and then uploaded them on to my post. Then I put my post in and then I copied and pasted the "rules" and pasted them into my post. Hope that helps! LOL