Saturday, September 18, 2010

Theme Thursday - Reveal

In close-up mode Mama Gaia reveals her secrets.

Orchard Orb-weaver Spider, Leucauge venusta

A Milkweed floret

A Purple Coneflower with visitors

A Ladybug climbing around in some Water Hemlock

Videos were a little tough for this one. I couldn't find any songs dealing with revealing, and couldn't think of any that might be at least related to the subject, so I went in a different direction - I picked songs that reflected some of the stuff in the photos used. I started off withthat beautiful Orchrd Orb-weaver, and the first song that occurred to me was "Itsy Bitsy Spider", but I refuse to inflict that particular earworm on you guys. My second thought was a classic - John Entwhistle's "Boris the Spider". Here it is, performed by him and his mates, The Who, in concert in Toronto in 1982:

Now, if you look closely at that picture of the Purple Coneflower you'll notice the little critter on the left side of the central cone, looking like it's about to climb up. You got it! An Inchworm! Which immediately brought to mind the Danny Kaye classic "Inchworm", from the 1952 movie Hans Christian Andersen. Here he is performing it with the Muppets on a 1978 episode of The Muppet Show. (Please excuse the lengthy tag on the end; I couldn't find a shorter clip with just the song.)

Please note: The people who run the Theme Thursday prompt have changed the format somewhat. Now the theme is announced on Thursday, and participants have until the following Wednesday to come up with a post based on the theme. Seems a bit awkward not showing up right on Thursday, but it gives us more time to come up with something, I guess.

Photos & text © 2007, 2008, & 2010 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. Oh no. Inchworm is one of my "start crying right now" songs!

    Great pictures, though!

  2. ROY! Your Spider Blows Me Away! Superb Sir!

  3. Amazing. That coneflower shot is like something from another world. The spider shot is also stunning in its clarity.

  4. You have some fabulous photos for this prompt! The spider and web are breathtaking. I do like them all, but that shot is definitely my favourite!

  5. Amazing shots, as always. (And I just know I've said that, like, 47 times before!)

  6. Me too....just repeating myself........your photos are spectacular.

  7. marvellous, the spider photo is amazing.

    and now i know what an inchworm looks like! I've not thought of that song for so so long

  8. Nice one!

    And I'd never noticed/seen a ladybug with dots that run together - have I been missing that all my life? - do they all have dots that connect?

    Now you've got me looking more closely at everything I assumed I knew... thanks!

  9. ...your spider photo is fantastic. I love the dreamy, soft colors. The web is beautiful too, and I always love seeing ladybugs! The coneflower is cool...

  10. LOVE the laydbug, but wish you'd left the spider out of this. I'll have nightmares!

  11. Great photos. A special thanks for bringing us Danny Kaye! :)

  12. You have great talent in capturing moments. Very clear and perfect. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

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