A 17 year cicada soaks up the sun after emerging from it's shell. These are misunderstood creatures that sometimes get a bad rap and are confused with locusts. Cicadas actually do not do that much harm to most trees. They feed on young trees or ornamental trees but certainly don't do damage on the scale of locusts. Rather than chewing trees they drink the fluids from trees using slender straw like mouth parts. They also benefit trees by aerating the soil around the base of trees when they hatch out.
A little about me:
I was born and raised in California and Oregon so being outdoors was always an important part of my life. My family and I used to camp all up and down the California and Oregon Coast as soon as I was old enough to camp at the age of 4. The beauty of nature was a form of inspiration and healing to me and still is to this day. On our camping trips I made it a point to talk with the rangers at the visitorís center and to learn about the native wildlife and plant life and even insect life of an area. Whenever I saw a new bird it was an exciting quest to find the name of the bird in our bird guide.
My parents were not professional photographers but they planted the photography seed in me through example. I still...
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