At least one of the sounds of summer is still in full swing in our little neck of the woods. For some reason I never even thought about it to date this summer. But the last couple of days, it has gotten soooo noisey, it reminds me that yes, indeed, it is that time of year.
I’m talking Cicadas.
I’m truly grateful that they are not so loud this year as they were last summer. Yet. Last summer, you needed earplugs – even with your doors and windows closed. This year, I can hear them fine inside, but different rooms will lessen the sound. For those of you that don’t have a cicada population near you, can you let me know? I want to move there for the next few weeks. Alternatively, listen here and you can see what you are missing. Once this sound reaches a certain volume, it’s like you have it inside your head and you hear it even when you are asleep.
My mission today was to try and get a photo of one – there are at least 50 Billion-Trillion in my backyard alone (don’t forget, my greater backyard is bush reserve). I know they are there: I hear them! But do you think I could get a look at a single one??! While trying to direct my ears to a likely spot, I could make out the different clicking, and frequencies these little blighters are transmitting at. Or else, they are just determined to drive me insane as I imagine I’m hearing differences!
So today’s picture is one I’ve pulled directly from Wikipedia – and I hope to get one of my own. I feel the beast that invades my senses so much deserves to be recognised on my February page after all.
Day 21 Stand-in:
…and they are jolly ugly too!