May 30th, 2008

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Radio Interview: Archived

Due to unplanned circumstances, my interview with Steve McEllstrem for Write On Radio was aired yesterday, without his knowledge, when another guest was unable to make it and he was at a conference.

For anyone interested, here are his directions on how to access it in archives:

You can have them go to, then click on Archive, then click
on Thursday May 29, then scroll down to Write On Radio, then click on
Stream to hear the show.

It aired during the second half of the show, almost 38 minutes in. The
interview will be on the archives for the next two weeks. After that, we
will have to take it down due to limited server space.


Have fun!
woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Denizens of the Deep

Well, OK, the deep isn't very, and this particular denizen spends time at the surface--but when it dives, it can stay down for hours.

This is a backswimmer, one of the true bugs (sucking mouthparts--see that beak at the front end?) in the genus Notonecta, most likely.   Backswimmers swim upside down, on their backs (duh!)


The ones in our pond have pretty jade-green spots along the side and at the tip of the abdomen.  I have no idea what they look like on the topside, since I only ever see them swimming upside down.    The Mars-like surface behind this backswimmer is an old clay pot, broken, that's on the shelf of the pond about 8 inches under water.