Cicada Nation

Washington, D.C., is now capital of the Cicada invasion. These bugs are everywhere, looking every bit the survivors of some prehistoric meteor that wiped out all other ancient species.

Saturday, while driving through an impending thunderstorm, my wife commented on how the wind whipped up so many leaves the road was barely visible. Those were Cicada shells, dearest.

The sound of the bugs harkens to those old science fiction movies. Best comparison might be the sound phasers made on the original “Star Trek.” To me, the Cicada hum seems the same, but goes on and on and on. If the Creator has adopted the strict kind of copyright and intellectual property right rules as companies here on earth, “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry might have some explaining to do there in the afterlife.

Photo Credit: Joe Calhoun