Seven years ago I could not have identified more than ten bird species.
Six years ago I did not know that velvet ants were actually wingless wasps.
Five years ago I had no idea that green anoles changed color at will.
Four years ago I was terrified of the cicada-killer wasps that surround my home each summer.
Three years ago I had never seen an alligator in person.
Two years ago I was unaware that ibises, herons and egrets nest in the middle of Dallas.
One year ago I could not have differentiated one cicada species from another.
[superb cicada (Tibicen superba)]