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June 29, 2017

Avoiding Danger

Filed under: Journal writing — freethepen @ 2:59 pm
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inch worm.jpg Sometimes, if we are not watching, we can walk directly into the silk of an inchworm as it hangs in mid-air. This is not my best photography but this is a photo of an inchworm struggling to climb back to up to a tree. The silk it makes is similar to that made by a spider. When danger approaches, perhaps a bird is landing on a branch to pick it up, inchworms drop quickly from the leaves they are feeding on and hang from the end of their silken strand. The silk is soft at first then gets hard. Once the inchworm is out of danger, it climbs back up to the leaves to continue eating. We are so much like the inchworm, which is really a caterpillar.

When danger comes near us, we create a way out of it too. What danger have you avoided? What was it? Where did you go? What did you do?

Keep the pen moving,

Jan

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