Swarm of Ants on a Sunny Day in June

Ants swarm upon a sidewalk in Wallingford.

I wanted to walk home from work at least once as one way to say goodbye to where I’ve lived at the time. Finally did so one sunny Saturday in late June of 2017. At the time I lived in the Tangletown-Latona neighborhoods of the Green Lake area in North Seattle. Lived there for a little over four years in an informal cooperative household.

For various reasons of timing, I didn’t make the walk to where I worked in the old Cascade neighborhood of South Lake Union. Today, however, I declined the offer of a ride home and chose to proceed on foot instead. And I did. Walked all the way home. Passed thru the long, strung-out-along-the-water neighborhoods of East Lake, skirted the edges of the U-District, and crossed under I-5 into Wallingford. Eventually passed north thru Wallingford into Tangletown-Latona.

Took me about an hour and 45 minutes. Could’ve walked it in an hour and a half or less, but I dawdled at viewpoints and took my time before spurts of speed. I felt at peace in and with nature and enjoyed my little adventures along the edges of the urban wild.

As I reminisced about my oldest daughter Morgan as I passed alongside John Stanford International Elementary School where she finished her elementary education, I turned north. An attractive woman in spandex stared at her activity tracking watch then ran uphill into the heat. She stopped to walk in less than 3 minutes. It was in the upper 80s and the heat wave would crest the next day at 96 degrees Fahrenheit.

Immediately I came upon a large swarm of little ants swarming along the edge of the sidewalk. I stopped to shoot a short video of these amazing creatures. Here is a short window into their intense and brief lives within the biosphere of our shared Planet Earth.

 

William Dudley Bass
Saturday 24 June 2017
Seattle, Washington; USA
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Copyright © 2017 by William Dudley Bass. All Rights Reserved until we Humans establish Wise Stewardship of and for our Earth and Solarian Commons. Thank you.

 

 

 

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