Living on Earth Vs Planet Winter

Winter is a kind of semi-suspended hibernation. The days are short. Many are drismal and brisky and not pleasant or even tolerable for the kinds of outdoor things you do on a less inhospitable planet.

Maybe it is that deprivation of lifeforms for the long months of winter tht makes me giggle to see a video creature-feature like this one–that, and the incredible macro-tracking of things smaller and odder than most of what you see by way of the camera lens in motion very near the ground or up in the trees. How did they do that!

By all means, go to full screen. Call in the kids. Cover their eyes when the praying mantis has lunch.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Wow, indeed! What an incredible video! Of course, I’m now afraid to go outside with all of these guys prowling around.