Socrates: We have plenty of time, apparently; and besides, the cicadas seem to be looking down upon us as they sing and talk to each other in the heat. ... But if they see us conversing and sailing past them unmoved by the charm of their Siren voices, perhaps they will be pleased and give us the gift which the gods bestowed on them to give to men. Phaedrus: What gift? I don’t seem to have heard of it. Socrates: It is quite improper for a lover of the Muses never to have heard of such things. The story goes that these cicadas were once humans, before the birth of the Muses, and when the Muses were born and song appeared, some of them were so overcome with delight that they sang and sang, forgetting food and drink, until at last unconsciously they died. From them the cicadas tribe afterwords arose, and they have this gift from the Muses, that from the time of their birth they need no sustenance, but sing continually, without food or drink, until they die, when they go to the Muses and report who honors each of them on earth. They tell Terpsichore of those who have honored her in dances, and make them dearer to her; they gain the favor of Erato for the poets of love, ... (Plato, Phaedrus, 257, Loeb Classical Library). #plato#πλάτων#philosophy#φιλοσοφία#philosophers#φιλόσοφοι#phaedrus#φαιδρος#muses#μούσες#greekmyths#μύθοι#songs#singing#cicadas#τζιτζίκια#τζιτζικια#cicadasounds#cicadasong#cicadasongs
Despite having lived here for nearly six years this time around (nine years in total), there are a few things that remind me I’m still very much a Pom in Oz.
1. Being woken up by your nine-year-old daughter at 6am because she’s just spotted the mother of all spiders on her ceiling. True story that happened this morning. Never have I seen a white tip SO big. *shudder* 🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷
It’s currently sitting under an upside down glass while I figure out what to do with it. Even the act of getting it under a glass will haunt my dreams for months. Be thankful I didn’t choose that photo for this post.
2. Cicadas. These things are LOUD. Like so loud that when you’re attempting to watch an arty movie one night (Light Between Oceans, by the way, which was good, but not made to compete against an orchestra of cicadas), we had to put the subtitles on so we could understand what was going on. And Michael and Alicia are no mumblers, unlike Casey Affleck, but I digress... 🎄 3. Kookaburras. The funniest birds. Ever. They still make me laugh when they do their strange monkey chuckles. Every. Single. Time. 🌟
4. Christmas in blazing sunshine. Now I’m not saying warm Christmases aren’t fun, exotic and way more pleasant than suffering drizzle, grey skies and weirdly mild meh weather. Don’t be fooled, Christmas in the UK is not like Love Actually makes it out to be. And yes, I do watch it every year. But there’s something about the flash of white hot sun reflecting off shiny tinsel that still catches me out.
There are more, but these are my top 4. Hope you all have a wonderful spider-free day. Any tips for dealing with the arachnid gratefully received 🕷
Fazem 6 meses que decidi deixar meus medos de lado e a segurança de morar na casa dos pais pra morar sozinha.. O universo me trouxe a oportunidade de morar num lugar um pouco mais afastado, me deixando mais próxima de mim mesma e da natureza.. aquele desejo que pulsava no meu peito almejando por um espaço sagrado em que eu me sentisse acolhida, por fim se concretizou.
O universo me fez esperar e sonhar durante anos com o que eu to vivendo agora, e ele fez compensar com que cada minuto de espera, valesse a pena. Todos os dias eu sou agraciada por estar em contato com tantas plantas, bichinhos e espécies diferentes.. me encanta demais essa natureza divina e eu sou muito grata por essa conexão que sinto com o todo quando estou perto dela! 2018 o ano mais crazy, da vida! Só agradeço por esse sagrado momento e por todo amadurecimento que adquiri nesse ano professor, seguimos na busca! 💚
Kepala Kanwil DJP Jawa Barat I, Yoyok Satiotomo (@yoyok.satio) bersama dengan Kabid PEP, Hudari, berkunjung ke KPP Pratama Bandung Cicadas (@kppbdgcicadas ) untuk memberikan apresiasi atas kinerja Seksi Ekstensifikasi dan Penyuluhan KPP Pratama Bandung Cicadas yang telah mencatat realisasi ekstra effort ekstensifikasi pajak 100% lebih, Senin (10/12).
Semoga prestasi tersebut menjadi motivasi bagi unit-unit kerja lainnya.
Just interrupting my own feed to show you guys this really cool cicada emerging from it's shell today. Couldn't help myself. How awesome is nature!?! Fun facts for yall! Cicada is Latin for tree cricket. These groovy guys live for up to 17 years underground sucking the very life out of your soft wooded trees. No, turns out you are not a terrible gardener! That tree is being eaten alive!!! So when they emerge from the ground, they attach themselves to a tree and go through metamorphosis and become these extremely loud little buggers that you are seeing the makings of in this pic! 😉
Now the pressure is on! If a bird or a spider doesn't eat them first, they only have 4 weeks to find their soul mate before they die of old age... The males are the loud and raucous ones! They are responsible for that deafening shrill. Seriously, I love their song during summer but once, when I was in a rainforest on Fraser Island, these guys were so loud I was actually starting to get scared. Its not something you can just stop and they got louder and louder!🙉 It makes total sense that they have been declared the loudest animal on the planet!
Lastly, one more fun - but gross - fact for you. You actually don't want these guys in plague proportions. Apparently (according to National Geographic kids) these guys produce SO MUCH poop collectively during a plague, that the poo would easily fill 300 Olympic sized pools... Every day.... For the 4 week duration of their lifespan. That's a whole lota crap. Literally. 💩😜 Follow us - @travelling_family_circus
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