Family portrait

Three planets and a moon in one photograph.

From the island of Naxos, the temple of Apollo. The Moon rises over the gate of Apollo, Saturn is just to the right of the Moon and Jupiter is further to the right of the image.

This was taken just a day after the Moon-Saturn conjunction, and a few days after the Moon-Jupiter conjunction.

Something’s crawling in my hair.

It’s a flying ant day here in London. The parks and pavements have been covered in large, brownish, winged & wingless females looking for somewhere to start a new colony.
Winged garden ant female after nuptial flight

Winged garden ant female after nuptial flight.

Wingless female garden ant, after nuptial flight. Stubs of wings visible on second body segment.

Wingless female garden ant, after nuptial flight. Stubs of wings visible on second body segment.

Some of the smaller males are also around, looking for a place to die. Their job of fertilizing the females is now over.
Male black garden ant dying on the ground after his nuptial flight.

Male black garden ant dying on the ground after his nuptial flight.

Of course, all this flying protein is far too good a resource to waste,

You can wait for it to come to you…

Pro-active ant catching.

Or you can take a pro-active attitude to catching your dinner