With a nod to Robert Frost
Saw this wise woman (at least I think it is a female) in the newly refurbished and redesigned gorilla habitat at the Houston Zoo. She looks and probably is smarter than most of us who were gawking at her.
Taken at Bear Mountain Bridge
Sometimes known as 17 year locusts the 17 year cicadas hatch from their eggs every 17 years and populate forests by the thousands making a collective sound similar to the sounds that the giant insects of the sci-fi movies of the 1950’s made. etymologists classify them as broods by location of the brood and the year of the cycle. Brood II is emerging in the forests of New Jersey this spring and was last seen in New Jersey in 1996. They are a beautiful sight and an eerie sound.
The cicadas emerge from the ground as larvae,
stay in the tree until they mature by growing wings and their eerie red eyes.
They then mate and lay their eggs in the ground. In the space of about four weeks they are gone and will emerge again in New Jersey in 2030.
The Palisades are a line of 300 to 540 foot high cliffs along the west side of the lower Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey and southern New York. They are among the most dramatic geologic features in the vicinity of New York City, forming a 20 mile long canyon of the Hudson north of George Washington Bridge. Last Saturday, October 27, was a peak foliage day at the Greenbrook Conservancy in the New Jersey part of the Palisades. Unfortunately the weather was overcast and the lighting was not the best, but it did help bring out the spectacular gold of the forest .