• J.


As I sat on an old decaying tree trunk this morning at the furthest point of the estate my attention was taken by a colony of Garden Ants where clearly my presence had resulted in hectic activity on the ant trails that radiate from the nest. As I watch this endless activity I realized that there is much I don’t know about the insect world and much of what I had learned growing up I had forgotten or have to probe deep to remember.

The knowledge we had as kids was based on our daily observations and experience exploring the countryside around where we lived. Certain pastime activities like fishing were significant in building that knowledge base as we benefited not only from our own observations but the tome of information held by fathers and grandfathers that spent long period fishing on the rivers and lakes around us.