242: Tiny

(Dandelion seed on a blade of grass.)

Tiny is this this week’s WP Weekly Photo Challenge.  I had hoped to play around and do something a little creative, but I don’t think I’ll find the time for it this week.  So, I’ll start where I am and go with what I’ve got.

More dandelion seeds, just hanging around with the other flowers

A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth.  The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water.  Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts.  And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.

~ Sivananda

Spider at the door

This next one is bad news…

On the tip of an asparagus spear, spotted asparagus beetles

The beetles are not a good thing.  I’m going to have to spend some time out in the asparagus bed hand picking them off.  Having finally looked them up, I now have an explanation for some of what has been happening with the asparagus.  It seems they can cause the spears to bend in a shepherd’s crook shape.  They will also cause problems with next year’s crop so they have to go.

In the good news department, M the Younger (youngest son) and his lovely wife will be here for dinner tonight.  This is the first time we’ve seen them since Christmas and I’m really looking forward to it.  Their visit is the reason I’m rushing through this post today.  (Can you tell I’m in a hurry?)

Weather notes:  It’s been raining for most of the day.  Strong storms are expected this afternoon.  M and I were hoping to get the boats and the dock into the water today (with M the Younger’s help), but I’m not sure that will happen due to the bad weather.  We’ll have to wait and see.

Garden notes:  The beetles must go!  The instructions I read said to hand pick them off the plants and drop them into a bucket of soapy water.  I’ll give that a try since I’d rather do that than use a pesticide.


27 Comments on “242: Tiny”

  1. Man – those beetles don’t look friendly at all, do they?! I hope you’re able to get them all, and save your asparagus!! Great tiny shots!! 🙂

  2. Kel says:

    i shall never look at a spear of asparagus the same again

    so what was for dinner?

  3. penpusherpen says:

    Dandelions send so many seeds, I remember playing as a child with the seed heads and blowing gently, supposedly to find the time of day, how many blows it took added up to the time, (strange concept I know!!) Amazingly I was always late for dinner!! 😉
    Those asparagus beetles look like invaders from outer space, I hope your plants recover Robin, and I’m waving hello at the spider, I’ve rescued many of his fellows from around the house, and set them to freedom in the garden. Trouble is on a wet and windy day I feel they’re not exactly thrilled to be let out. Hope you had a wonderful get together with your youngest and his wife. xPenx

    • Robin says:

      I used to play with them as a child, too, Pen. We used to make a wish and then blow the seeds off to capture our wishes and bring them back. 🙂

  4. jenna says:

    Those beetles look like cute little aliens, but I can understand your apprehension. Good luck soaping them up.

  5. boatacrosstheriver says:

    Enjoy your dinner reunion!

  6. Karma says:

    When I worked at a living history museum years ago, picking beetles and dumping them in soapy water was one of my garden duties! Potato beetles were the big issue.
    You’ve really captured “tiny” very nicely – wonderful focus on the dandelion seeds.

  7. Marianne says:

    Interesting about the beetles, but spiders with fury legs scare me. I don’t do well with spiders at all. Nice detail though, Robin.

    • Robin says:

      Sorry about the scary spiders, Marianne. I’ll try to remember to put up a warning next time.

      • Marianne says:

        Photos of spiders are okay. A physical encounter with a fury legged one would be a different story. I’d probably scream real loud and look for someone to get rid of it for me. lol!

  8. Tom Hutton says:

    I liked you dandelion seed on the grass. Was it serendipity or were you lurking ready to catch it?

    • Robin says:

      Pure serendipity, Tom. Although the way the seeds have been flying, it might be almost impossible not to catch one in a photo.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  9. SAJ says:

    how did the beetle picking go? sounds scary to me…i’m lacking in the garden department in terms of pest reducing. my fear of bugs seems to be taking over… but like you said, it is definitely better than using pesticides!

    • Robin says:

      I haven’t had a chance to do it yet, Subha. It’s been raining and storming. I’m hoping the rain drove the beetles away. It’s not likely, but one can hope. 🙂

  10. Good luck, getting rid of those beetles!

  11. did some digging and found this website, it lists garlic spray as a natural repellent:
    http://www.doityourself.com/stry/dealing-with-the-asparagus-beetle-organically

  12. Dana says:

    I LOVE asparagus!! Good luck getting the beetles off– asparagus is too delicious to feed to the bugs!

  13. Derrick says:

    Love the first one!


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