Sunrise 42: Ault Park (Spring Haze, Ants & Pillbugs)
This morning was a great start to the short holiday week. When I crawled out of bed, a bit stiff from a holiday weekend and slightly out of routine, I could hear the birds chattering about the hot day ahead. Today should be another scorcher with a high in the mid 90s. This morning, however, the day was still young and the temperature was a comfortable 65F. The atmosphere had a thick accent of haze, indicative of the high humidity we’ve had recently. I’m not surprised to see thunderstorms in the forecast for the week.
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I stopped by one of the bases of the metal columns. There was a familiar entrance to the aphid herder’s nest as well as a few pillbugs hanging around. One in particular was rather large and it had its attention held by something on the wood base. His antennae were flicking around wildly but it provided an easy opportunity for me to get a macro shot or two.
An ant was thoroughly investigating something on the ground. I now know them to be aphid herding ants.
He’s still dancing. Wagging his butt up and down. Only he knows what he is trying to say. The other ants didn’t seem to be paying much attention. Although to be fair, I think he was probably “pumping up” his pheromone hardware to drop a scented trail for the other ants to find in case he decides that he has found some food worth talking about.
It seems that haze makes the sky more scattered, where a clear sky has higher saturation of colors but the atmosphere doesn’t fill up as much. A good hybrid of the two styles, then, are sunrises that have clear skies with lots of chunks of cloud cover against the open skies.
After a few minutes I another aphid herdering nest entrance. The light from the sunrise provided some great dynamic colors and I didn’t have to try very hard to get a nice organic natural feel to the pictures I took.
It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the week shapes up. A few days ago the forecast was for all sun with mixed overcast skies, but now it looks like every day has about a 30% chance of thunderstorms. This should make for some great sunrises.