Dog Day Cicada by evon ski

Dog Day Cicadas are fascinating insects. I have held them in high regard my whole life, well since I was seven. I lived in Mississippi for three glorious years. I was foundationally impacted by my time spent lost in the woods on various adventures. One of my favorite pastimes was to locate a cicada or locust as they are commonly called. I would scout areas until I found one that had begun his shedding process. I knew they would not /could not fly away once they hooked into the pine bark and began their detaching.
The eyes would glow off and on and little by little with tremendous effort a locust would emerge from the crack in his shell. It was especially delightful to find one low down so I could sit and watch. It is not a quick show. For me it never got old. The wonder of it deeply impacted me and honestly it still does. It is bearing witness to a miracle of transformation. The two best parts were:
1. once it crawled out, the wings were wet and irridescent with glistening. They had to fan them slowly to dry. So I could get my curious eyes right over there and study them and whisper “You made it, you’re brand new now.” I loved that part.
2. When they were done, they got strength and left. I gathered the locust shells in my jar. For a while I would hang them on my shirt and wear them like jewelry. Students didn’t like them and told on the northener yankee kid and the teacher told me I was scaring the other kids. What a bunch of weirdo wussies!! It’s a bug shell dopey!
They looked like translucent empty bugs down to the claws and spikes. Anyway, I put them all in my ball jar and grew a big collection of them. Months later when I went to view them, there was only flakes of dust with a few legs . . . teaching me about the cycle of dust to dust. They are always a symbol of transformation to me and inspire me greatly. They also remind me that it’s hard work to transform.

And the VERY best thing is this good word out of the book of Joel 2:25
I will repay you
for the years the locust have eaten . . .

so far it’s been true, still waiting on a few more longed for outcomes in my life.

Oh and John the Baptist survived on honey and locust while out in the desert. I’d have to be pretty darn hungry to eat one, but good to know, right?

Charcoal and pastel 22 × 28″ Arches cover stock

enjoy making direct work from natural materials in my prairie and wildlife sanctuary.
i am a very restless person and I work in many different ways with a variety of media.

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.
Anne Marrow Lindbergh

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  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuserover 3 years ago

    That is such a cool image

  • Hi Nathan – so nice to have you out for a visit!! thanks for the great comment!!

    – evon ski

  • John Dicandia  ( JinnDoW )
    John Dicandia ...over 3 years ago

    Yes, this is definitely the epitomy of cool art. The cicada has a ressemblance to the scarab beetle which is a symbol of eternity in ancient Egypt. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  • i believe you are correct! Thanks for the great input and I appreciate your support as always John!!

    – evon ski

  • Sorina Williams
    Sorina Williamsover 3 years ago

    Yvonca, I love your commentaries/descriptions and stories as much as I love your drawings! This is a great transformation drawing/story. :)

  • I was afraid it might be long and boring so thanks for that nice affirmation. I always love to hear from you Sorinna! Thank you so much.

    – evon ski

  • and sorry i misspelled your name Sorina with one N. :))

    – evon ski

  • phillipcmiller
    phillipcmillerover 3 years ago

    Ditto Sorina above, I couldn’t say it better

  • Hey Phillip! I’m so delighted to hear that – thanks!!!

    – evon ski

  • Will Vandenberg
    Will Vandenbergover 3 years ago

    I wonder, if with honey, a locust would be quite delish

    I love this Y

  • well, in some countries I know they do eat them. Let me know if you do. probably tastes like chicken. or dirt. Ha haaa.
    Thanks for your good words Will.

    – evon ski

  • Jennifer Rhoades
    Jennifer Rhoadesover 3 years ago

    Yvonca, honestly, I adore you. I love your perspectives and wonder in life. I, too, and waiting to get back what the locusts have eaten away. Unfortunately, I think they are still eating!!! GRRR. Beautiful work and a wonderful commentary. A delight to my heart.

  • ohhh .. . . wow – super cool comment. hey bmail me! I take prayer requests!! :))
    they will always come against our good good hearts. Your delightful comment was sheer . . . delight. out of adjectives here. lol.
    Thank you.

    – evon ski

  • Jennifer Rhoades
    Jennifer Rhoadesover 3 years ago

    I will, dear Yvonca! Well, I am obviously out of adjectives and certainly proper sentence structure. But I’m sure you figured out what I was saying! I’d love to be on your prayer list! I’d consider it a great honor!

  • Sorina Williams
    Sorina Williamsover 3 years ago

    I didn’t even notice, but now that you pointed it out…you’re forgiven! :))

  • whew wee. :)))

    – evon ski

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadover 3 years ago

    You have a wondrous package, including beauty, talent, and a curiosity that is compelling.

  • Hi Mark, I’m so glad you came by to check this out. That’s a beautiful and wondrous comment and I thank you so much. :))

    – evon ski

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 3 years ago

    Fabulous image paired so perfectly with your memories and thoughts. Amazing and mesmerizing work. XOXOXOXOXXOXOOXO

  • Thank you Shar for this great encouraging word to me. most dearly appreciated!!

    – evon ski

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