I will tell you an odd fact about this movie that you may not have ever heard. The movie features a brief appearance by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who is interviewed by the the director about his views on civil disobedeience. The interview was filmed in March 1966 when Dr. King and Harry Belafonte were in Stockholm to gain Swedish support for African Americans.
See, you can actually learn something when you visit my blog!
Let's go on to the pictures now.
The forsythia is starting to bloom in Maryland! Shown here in this top photo is a praying mantis egg case, otherwise known as an oothica. Personally, I've never called it an oothica. I just think it sounds funny.
When the mantis lays the sack, it's whitish in color. Over the fall and winter, it dries and turns a brownish color.
Do you have any praying mantis at your home? If you do, you're very lucky. They eat all kinds of bugs. Hundreds of babies will hatch from this single sack alone, all at one time and they'll usually stay near the place of hatching.
I see them all around the place during the summer. They'll sit very still for hours and then spring on a bug, killing it. One year, we had several that would hang out near a wasp nest that was behind one of our window shutters. I have egg sacks on lots of bushes around the house. Can you imagine all the babies? It's sort of freaking me out when I think about it.
Today it rained again, drenching downpours at times. Watching the news tonight, I saw that a huge storm swept across a large number of eastern states causing severe flooding. We weren't hit very badly here, though and I hope you're all ok.