Wood ants descending rapidly en masse from a Quercus ilex on Montseny at the onset of a sharp shower:
Having spent several decades standing under trees waiting for the rain to stop, it is my firm belief that small ants do not flee from the rain as do big ones, although their level of activity also increases both prior to and during a shower. Perhaps big ones are on a guilt trip: “an investigator at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., estimates that most of the acid in rain falling over certain remote areas of the world [including Murray Hill?] may come from ants.” The superb article on Wikipedia unfortunately doesn’t cover Met Ant.
Ukrainians, on the other hand… Here are two Ukrainians drinking contentedly in the rain on Carmelo hill behind Park Güell in Barcelona, with the Sant Pere Martir memorial telecom masts far right and the Garraf massif in the background:
A couple enjoying a bit of overgrowth in the undergrowth on the other side of the same hill, surprised by the rain, flee NAKED to a nearby tree–Adam & Eve, ants in their pants:
Swallows have better things to do at such moments, or so they would have you believe:
- FollowTheBaldie.com review
I’m terrible at collecting testimonials, but here, with permission, is an extract from a thoughtful longer piece by a Chicago woman
- Photos and video of snowstorm in Park Güell
Includes video of snow felling a pine tree and a photo of a municipal bus which almost skated its way down-town.
- Parasitical beatles and snails get their just desserts
Most people think that the kermes oak, Quercus coccifera, is actually holly because it’s a prickly evergreen tree that round here
- “Sorceress” Raquel Meller, TIME Magazine cover
This delectable flor del mal from Barcelona’s Poble Sec district is a daisychain from A Nun’s link to a review of
- Video of interesting aural and visual stroboscopic effects on the Renfe train from Barcelona to Vich
A malfunction of the public address system produces a rather pleasing strobe: At the end of this clip, a crude example of