Hey. How are you? Now that I have your attention let’s take a moment with me to marvel at the splendors of biodiversity, shall we?
These photos were taken within walking distance of where I live. (No, I did not run with a camera this time thankyouverymuch.)
I swear to you I feel like I live in Fern Gully sometimes.
I like to imagine people used those as loin cloths back in the day.
What does that plant make you think of? It makes me think of varying sizes of handlebar mustaches.
Not that you asked, but that plant makes me think of octopus tentacles.
Slugs seem to be everywhere lately. On my early morning runs I entertain myself by playing a little game I made up called “slug dodging”. Trust me, it’s way less exhilarating than it sounds. (But hey, something needs to occupy my mind during those lonely miles, right?!) It keeps my mind occupied. Dodging black slugs are 1 point, brown slugs are 2 points, and snails are 3 points because their shells are fun. Dodging them sort of helps me work on keeping my knees up haha…bonuuus! Unfortunately, there have been times I’ve failed to “dodge” them properly. That’s minus 3 points…and quite slippery.
“Lanaaa…gross! Why are you talking about slugs?” Um. Because it’s my blog and I want to. Would you prefer I take a bunch of selfies while making the pouty-eyed kissy face, filter it through Instagram to make myself look better, and subtitle it with cheesy irrelevant song lyrics? K. Slugs it is!!
That slug, believe it or not, was about the length of the tip of my middle finger to mid-palm.
See the slime trail above?
Besides their mucous being protective, did you know that other slugs coming across the same slime trail can recognize their own species? It helps them find a mate. It also helps against predators because the mucous can taste pretty bad. (Although I can’t imagine slug mucous ever tasting good.)
Two random thoughts I’ll leave you with:
1. If you’re reading this and not from Oklahoma, please pray for the state. There has been so much devastation in recent weeks and I can’t imagine the magnitude of suffering.
2. Today I’m really thankful the sun is shining, and that the people I love most are happy, healthy, and well. On a smaller scale, I’m thankful for the unique plants and creatures I come across that remind me of all the creativity that went into making this planet. What are you most thankful for today?