Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Jewelry of Death

Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)

A neighbor pointed out a small dead opossum on her lawn while I was over to help her discard some building material in here trash can. She mentioned it in the way that you know you are somehow to do something about it without actually saying get rid of the dead thing will you! On my way back across the street I snatched it up and brought it home.

My solution for disposing of most anything organic is fire. I can save myself having to cut and bundle mounds and mounds of brush by stoking up a hot fire and feeding it all of the clippings. I threw the opossum on the pile and set the conglomeration a light. Not long after the rain came.

Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)

The next morning these little jewels arrived to adorn the charred and rotting body of the dearly departed! These Blow Flies (Calliphoridae) were very enthusiastic about their find and in the video I recorded it looked as though the data was a double speed during playback but amazingly it was real time.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)

Psalm 49

Hear this, all you peoples;
    listen, all who live in this world,
both low and high,
    rich and poor alike:
My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
    the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.
I will turn my ear to a proverb;
    with the harp I will expound my riddle:
Why should I fear when evil days come,
    when wicked deceivers surround me—
those who trust in their wealth
    and boast of their great riches?
No one can redeem the life of another
    or give to God a ransom for them—
the ransom for a life is costly,
    no payment is ever enough—
so that they should live on forever
    and not see decay.
10 For all can see that the wise die,
    that the foolish and the senseless also perish,
    leaving their wealth to others.
11 Their tombs will remain their houses[b] forever,
    their dwellings for endless generations,
    though they had[c] named lands after themselves.
12 People, despite their wealth, do not endure;
    they are like the beasts that perish.
13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
 and of their followers, who approve their sayings.
14 They are like sheep and are destined to die;
    death will be their shepherd
    (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning).
Their forms will decay in the grave,
    far from their princely mansions.
15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead;
    he will surely take me to himself.
16 Do not be overawed when others grow rich,
    when the splendor of their houses increases;
17 for they will take nothing with them when they die,
    their splendor will not descend with them.
18 Though while they live they count themselves blessed—
    and people praise you when you prosper—
19 they will join those who have gone before them,
    who will never again see the light of life.
20 People who have wealth but lack understanding
    are like the beasts that perish.