Photo Prompt: Descent—This week, show us your interpretation of descent.
You’ve seen this shot of a hot air balloon that has burst into flame and that is plummeting toward earth once before, but it is so perfect for this prompt that it is appearing for an encore performance. I guess I should mention that it was unmanned!
During the rainy season, flying termites descend by the tens of thousands, entering houses under sliding glass doors, through keyholes and hairline cracks. They swirl around any light like dervish planets, then chew their wings off and worm their way into any vulnerable wood. I think they mate somewhere along the way as well, or perhaps they chew their wings off in frustration over being those wallflowers left without a mate. At any rate, I was dumb enough to leave my pool light on and the next morning awoke to find thousands of insects such as these, pinned upside down by their wings in the water.
Once free of their wings, they either swam to safety, found spare wings to use as flotation devices or swam off to aid other termites held captive by their wings in a crucifix position. It was both ghastly and fascinating and a huge cleanup operation!
Thousands of white pelicans winter on Lake Chapala, Mexico, where I live. These are a very few making a landing after their descent.