From a Bear to a Tiger!

Linda Costello Hinchey

Saltville, United States

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Woolly Bear Caterpillar… I’ve heard old wives tales that the color of a Woolly Bear Caterpillar is indicative of what the up-coming winter will be in that area. This docile little bear will turn into an Isabella Tiger Moth. …From a bear to a tiger… not bad!
Image take in SW Virginia (USA) in the middle Appalachian Mnts. www.chstudios.net
Camera Info.- Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
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“Rise and Shine Sleepyhead!”
By Deb Lambert

I see you there, curled up comfortably,
snoozing away… seemingly unconcerned
that I have inadvertently disturbed you.

So peaceful and snug in your silken red
and black pajamas.

Your long winter’s nap is about to end.

All young creatures need roots and wings.
Last summer gave you “roots” and spring
will give you wings of freedom.

Spring has decreed that you awaken and
spin your odd, unique cocoon, in preparation
for your metamorphosis.

It was a vigorous spring cleaning of the garden
that led to my discovery of your rumpled bed
and the tines of my rake that disturbed you.

I have an aversion to disrupting nature or
disturbing the slumber of one so at peace.
And so, I place you back beneath the leaf litter,
by the ancient, gnarled grape vine. There, to
luxuriate until May taps you on the head.

But it’s simply a matter of days before you
succumb to the blandishments of May, as she says,
“Rise and shine, sleepyhead!”

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