Seasonal Almanac

Minor heat: hawk studies and learns (3 of 5)

January 18th, 2009

minor heat 13 of 15I spent much of the day lying on the grass at the bottom of the garden reading Charles Darwin in Australia – a book Redmond bought from the National Museum of Australia on our impromtu trip to see the Darwin exhibition.

I can’t say I have ever been particularly interested in Darwin but this book has very much drawn me into the narrative of his around-the-world trip abroad the Beagle. The romance of sea voyage had previously (for whatever reason) been lost on me but my own recent adventures have piqued in me an fascination with travel in the age of pre-motorised transportation (for example pilgrimages of Basho and Hokusai’s tour).

On another level the Australia as seen through Darwin’s naturalist eye interests me. Fascination with history aside, his account is particuarly relevant to my own quest to see my place of residence through the fresh eager eye of an explorer. Perhaps Darwin may prove useful as one of my guides in this venture.

As I was having these thoughts, Redmond noticed a perished cricket on the garden table, cleverly disguised as a leaf. It is (was) Angular Winged Katydid (Microcentrum retinerve) or sometimes is called a bush-cricket. The male sings and the female reciprocates with a much quieter song. They live for about a year.

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