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Pictures for Pam, Day 46: Happy Holidays!

Pictures for Pam, Day 46: Happy Holidays!
It's Christmas Eve here in southern Oregon! If it was cold like it was a couple of days ago, snow would be falling heavily right now. Instead it's raining hard and has been since I got up at my usual crack of dawn. It's a bummer because I was hoping for a white Christmas but it's not going to happen. And, even though tomorrow will be cold enough for snow, the day will be clear so we are out of luck...phooey! Oh well!

The rain clouds held back the lightening sky so it was almost dark enough for a flashlight when I stepped out for my daily walk. Splashing down the driveway I peered around for possible stray cats and dogs falling from the clouds—boy was it coming down! The noise on my umbrella was so loud that I couldn't have my usual internal conversation about thoughts for the day. Maybe it wasn't such a bad thing to just walk along and look through the pouring rain and into the forest and meadow. Actually, it was quite Zen. No distractions, just Being. Very peaceful.

After about an hour the rain finally let up and I put my umbrella on the porch. It was light out now and the world seemed like it was happy to take a break from the relentless deluge. I listened to my podcasts and enjoyed myself.

On my last lap, I was walking up our hill when I noticed an odd filament on the road. Something about it was really strange and I kneeled down to take a closer look. It looked like a 1.5-foot/45.72cm piece of really thin wire coated in a creamy brown color. "Well, that's weird..." I thought to myself. "What is that?" I wondered if Steve dropped an odd piece of wire on the road, or maybe it was a stripped root of some kind.

It moved.

In a combination of horror and excitement I yelled, "WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?!! IT'S ALIVE!" I stared in absolute disbelief at the strange filament that was ever so slowly coiling and waving around on the road. As I stared, the weeks spent studying invertebrates in my Zoology class a zillion years ago came hurtling into my head. "WOAH!! DUDES!! IT'S A WORM!!!"

I could hardly believe I was doing this, but I reached down and ever-so-gently picked it up. It was like holding the thinnest snake I'd ever handled, but I managed to sort of drape it over my fingers as I would a snake. At which point it slid off and landed on the road again. I tried again. This time it didn't slip off and I held it up to my face to get a really close look. Which was its front end? Hmm...one end was a bit squared off, and I guessed it might have actually been longer at some point because it appeared to be cut off there. The other end looked like an extremely miniature version of an earthworm's head. I exclaimed in delight, "SO COOL!" Suddenly, I had a mission.

Carrying my umbrella in one hand and my bizarre wormy buddy in the other, I made my way hastily up our hill. Steve needed to see this! It will blow him away! As luck would have it, Steve was walking out to greet me as I neared the house.

"STEVE! I FOUND THE WIERDEST THING EVER!! LOOK!!!" He came over and I held out my hand so he could see the strange creature. Suitably impressed and fascinated, Steve pointed out its shortened back end. We both wondered how long it might have been originally. 1.5-foot/45.72cm seemed awfully long already. Kinda creepy.

I walked over to the meadow and gently placed it on the dirt. Part of me was totally grossed-out, but I was really happy to find such a strange animal on our property. I wondered what kind of worm it was. However, one thing I knew about worms is that there are a LOT of them. We're talking over a MILLION. The odds of me identifying exactly which one seemed unlikely but with that Earthworm head, I thought I might have a chance. To my great surprise, it only took about five minutes to discover what it was--a Horsehair Worm! (And they are in the same family as Earthworms!) And, though they are normally as long as 14"/35.56cm, some be 6.5 feet/2 meters!! UGH! The good news is that adults don't eat. Only the larvae are parasitic and go after insects.

Oh dear, I hope I haven't disgusted everyone! Please forgive me...wildlife of all kinds fascinates me so I hope you haven't lost your lunch on account of my unusual animal discovery!

Today's picture is a minimalist snowy holiday card! A few years ago it was snowing and I set up our 100-300mm lens in our doorway and took pictures of the birds that visited our feeders. This darling is an Oregon Junco and is among my favorite birds. Did you notice how huge and fluffy it is?! AHHHHH!!! SO CUTE!!! :D

Pam, I hope that this Christmas Eve finds you doing as well as can be and better than you have been doing. Every little step forward is progress, no matter how small. I hope that my healing energy finds its way to you and gives you a burst of energy! Thinking of you always!

Explored on 12/25/18, highest placement, #1.

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45 comments - The latest ones
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
A lovely image and card, Janet. That was an interesting story about the huge Horsehair Worm: I look forward to the photo. Christmas Day here is perfect sunshine, but the temperature will be going up to about 32C. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Hey, I'm first commenter. :-))
22 months ago.
 pajmcb
pajmcb
WOW! Isn’t she cute, Janet ?
Beautifully captured and framed.
Impeccable work.
Lovely article too.
Happy holidays.
22 months ago.
 Frank J Casella
Frank J Casella
Nice personality portrait and card, Janet. A Blessed and Merry Christmas to you.
22 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Superb shot! Happy Holidays!
22 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
22 months ago.
 Stormlizard
Stormlizard club
Thank you Janet for the Christmas Greeting.

Here I have a White Christmas, but only just, about ½ an inch of snow where it was not walked or driven on. temp -1.2 C

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.
22 months ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
Beautiful photo!
Happy Holidays, Janet!
22 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
Thank you Janet , this is a lovely card,
Happy Holidays !
Best regards from Christine !
22 months ago.
 M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj )
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!… club
Just woken up ...Happy Christmas !!!
22 months ago.
 Chrissy
Chrissy club
Der kleine Kerl ist einfach bezaubernd!
22 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
That lovely little bird must have very cold feet.
Merry Christmas Janet.
22 months ago.
 sea-herdorf
sea-herdorf club
Eine wunderschöne Einstelllung, Janet.
Die Sehnsucht nach Schnee an Weihnachten ist immer wieder groß.
Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr auch Dir und Deiner Familie.
Erich
22 months ago.
 ROL/Photo
ROL/Photo club
Janet, je te souhaite aussi un
JOYEUX NOËL
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
AWWWW, such a cutie !! MERRY XMAS, Janet !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
22 months ago.
 Biobauer
Biobauer club
Wie findest Du Zeit, das alles zuschreiben? Schöne Geschichte!:)
22 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
I love your storys every days ...
Janet have nice happy Christmasdays ...
a hug aNNa*
22 months ago.
 Ruth
Ruth club
This is beautiful Janet. Have a lovely Christmas my friend.
22 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
Oh my dear, but I read more over the Hores-Hair-Worm (dt. Saitenwurm)

and I got goose bumps and it scared me.
Everything that snakes causes horrible seconds. I am almost paralyzed.
The mind says 'stay calm'! and I can overcome myself. But still there is always this huge dislike, fear, disgust ...
I had 2 composts when I had a garden, and there were many earthworms living there, every time I touched them a bit, sometimes even in a ball ... and I would have run away .. I know they are very useful, and Every time I found an individual in the street after the rain, I carried him over a stick hanging in the grass ... despite the disgust.
And now this your kind of nematode worms ... grrrr !!!

The string worms are among the groups of animals that have so far been largely ignored in research. Accordingly, little is known about this group of animals compared to other taxa. The first clear mention was a string worm in the Historia Animalium (1551-1587) by Conrad Gessner, where the string worms are named after the popular name as water calf or Latin Vitulus aquaticus. At this time, however, there was the typical, in 1758 with the famous 10th edition of the Systema Naturae by Carl von Linné two-part naming not yet. Within the worms Linnaeus classifies an animal with the name Gordius aquaticus, named after the Gordian knot. He thus referred to the comparison made at the beginning of the 17th century by Aldrovandus of a worm of worms with the famous knot of Greek mythology.

The string worms represent the sister group of roundworms (Nematoda). With this they share a number of features, including the structure of the cuticle and the absence of ring muscles and cilientragenden epidermal cells. The life cycle of the string worms is also identical to that of the most primitive group of roundworms, the Mermithidae, and can be considered as a common feature of the string worms and roundworms.

But I made a little sense and learned that there were already a few fossil specimens found. , Thus, the oldest known roundworms have been discovered in about 120 million years old amber; The oldest string worm comes from the lignite of the Eocene, a maximum of 60 million years ago. Based on these findings, it can be assumed that the string worms have already existed at least at the beginning of the Tertiary, but the actual origin must have been much earlier.>/i>
Quelle: WiKi
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
It' s really a beautiful postcard ! Merry Christmas and all the best for the next year, Janet !
22 months ago.
 Peter Van Lom
Peter Van Lom
Same to you...
22 months ago.
 niraK68
niraK68 club
Aber lovely shot
Happy Holiday
22 months ago.
 sunlight
sunlight club
Thanks for this nice photo and this interesting story.
Merry Christmas Janet !
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 uwschu
uwschu club
Frohe Weihnachten wünsche ich Dir
22 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
So beautiful ! Happy Holidays, Janet !
22 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo pour Noel. Nicole. Joyeux Noel.
22 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
absolutely adorable !
Many thanks, best wishes to you too !
22 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
beautiful bird.
Never heard of Horsehair Worms till now.......
22 months ago.
 Marco F. Delminho
Marco F. Delminho club
Merry Christmas!
22 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
I love minimalist cards and this is a real beauty Janet really like the bird, no snow for us either just mist and drizzly rain all day, better tomorrow perhaps,

Merry Christmas.
22 months ago.
 Anne Elliott
Anne Elliott club
Ha, ha, Janet, how I loved reading your worm story! So well written. Sorry about your rain - here, we are having a horribly overcast Christmas Day, with a forecast of snow that hasn't yet arrived. I have very mixed feelings about that. Wishing you a very happy, quiet Christmas (like my own). And Pam, I'm wishing the same for you and your family, full of gratitude for the amazing progress you are making.
22 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
!*
22 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
Merry Christmas!
22 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Joyeuses Fêtes de fin d'année !
22 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
Joyeuses fêtes de fin d'année
22 months ago.
 Peggy C
Peggy C club
Now, I have to look up that worm ... can't imagine one that large.

Juncos -- oh the have arrived .. they are a treat to watch ~!
22 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Super shot and great story again! First I have heard of that worm and Juncos! I know which one I would prefer to see the more often!!
22 months ago.
 M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj )
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!… club
I don't think I have ever enjoyed a story about a Worm before, so much so I think you ought to write a book about your Travels,
. You so have the gift for putting into words amusing tales for which is certainly a joy to read.
Also thank you for the interesting info on Worms !!!!!
Thank you Janet !!!
22 months ago.
 Esther
Esther club
Happy Holidays to you as well.
22 months ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
...that´s what I wish to you!
22 months ago.
 Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】 club
Oh, I wish I could have seen the picture of that worm! The poor worm: did you think that by carrying him like this, you were driving him away from home? If he finds his way back, he will be very, very late, and NEVER his wife will believe what he tells him, she will make him a scene of anthology.... Ah Ah ah :o)))))) Can you imagine telling Steve that a giant took you in his hand and took you home?
22 months ago.
 Ruesterstaude
Ruesterstaude club
Sooooooooooo niedlich und soooooooooo schön fotografiert!
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
A beautiful image for your card, Janet, I hope you had a great day. I've been away, so now I'm in 'catch up" mode - but I did find your comments and links to the Horsehair Worm info with my image. Quite fascinating, I'm fairly sure we don't have those here though there are plenty of other echh-making parasitical worms around....
22 months ago.
 Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿ club
Hope that you had a wonderful Christmas time, Janet.
Your image here is just great ! ******
21 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
I am just catching up with your beautiful gallery Janet! Having just turned the computer back on since Christmas Day, I can see I have a lot of catching up to do with everyone!! Forgive me if I just give you a big star for so many of them, but you can be sure I think they deserve it, even though I have not got time to comment on them....back to normal in the new year, I hope ;-))
I hope you had a good Christmas and I look forward to seeing more great shots in 2019.
My best wishes, Rosa.
21 months ago.

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