A little unwell

The morning brought with it a sense of dread, a feeling of inescapable doom cloaked in pangs of agony.  And it went downhill from there.

Some ghoulish specter visited me during the night and deposited a sour stomach where my docile tummy had been the day before.

Stress, I think, or at least nerves and stress and fatigue exacerbating what should have been a minor upset stomach.  Though I do feel I’m getting a good ab workout…

Rushing slowly from minute to minute as the day zooms effortlessly by me in a race to bring the weekend to my doorstep, a weekend for being on call and lacking any rest or ability to relax looms just beyond the horizon of night, just over that midnight hill up ahead.

How I deplore being sick, and only slightly less than I deplore my job.  Pulling me under until I can no longer breathe, this employment embodies the scourge of plagues and the death of hope.

But I dare not dwell on it, not today at least.  If I’m to feel better, I must be calm and tranquil.

Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia) with the shadows of dew beneath the petals (20080920_12165)
Close-up of a female muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) as she sits beside the pier (20080920_12151)
A male regal jumping spider (Phidippus regius) perched on a twig as he watches me watch him (20080920_12216)
A dark-form female eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) grabbing a sip of nectar (20080921_12561)
An abandoned spider web from an unidentified orb weaver (20080921_12695)
A male northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) perched high in a treetop (20080921_12709)
A red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) resting atop a log waiting for sunlight (20080921_12832)
A fallen leaf reduced to the lace outline of its veins (20080921_12722)

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Photos:

[1] Seedbox (Ludwigia alternifolia)

[2] Female muscovy duck (Cairina moschata)

[3] Male regal jumping spider (Phidippus regius)

[4] Dark-form female eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

[5] Abandoned spider web from unidentified orb weaver

[6] Male northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

[7] Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

[8] Fallen leaf reduced to the lace outline of its veins

3 thoughts on “A little unwell”

  1. Jason,

    Oh, I certainly know the feeling…waking in the morning with a sense of dread. The job, obligations, and then feeling ill. This is why we go out with our camera and forget about it. Hope you are feeling much better as the weekend is nearly here!

    Those are marvelous shots. That Male Cardinal…wow.

    Keep snapping away!

    Mary

  2. You got it right, Mary, especially about heading out with the camera in an effort to put the rat race behind us. I know it always helps me.

    And thank you so much for your kind words! I wish the cardinal hadn’t been so high in a tree where I only had one view of him–from WAY down the hill–but I’m also thankful he gave me a chance to grab at least that photo.

    LOL about spiders, nathalie. I certainly never expected you to be afraid of arachnids (note EXTREME sarcasm there…).

    I greatly appreciate the picture compliment, especially coming from you. It means a lot!

    I’m feeling better, though, so no need for home delivery of chicken soup or other remedies (not that I’d eat chicken soup, but still…). With being on call this weekend and getting over the last vestiges of this stomach bug, I’m just lying low and flying under the radar–taking it easy, as it were. But thank you nonetheless!

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