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Amazing Ants

Some years ago I was sitting in my shady corner under my ponderosa when I saw a small, fluffy feather dancing along the ground. Very fairy like, if ever there was a fairy moment.

I immediately looked up to see if wind was stirring nearby leaves in a way that could account for the feather’s dance.

When there wasn’t any visible wind movement, I went over for a look. And, there was this tiny ant with this small, but still much larger than itself, feather.

I went back to my lawn chair and watched the feathery dance, as the ant took its prize home to its hill.

Ant Feather
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So, when I saw an ant near a feather on my deck, it caught my attention. I went in to get my camera, praying the whole while that it would still be there when I returned. And, as you can see, it was.

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The ant mounted the feather as if it were a skateboard, one leg off, as if to propel itself and the feather.

Ant 3 Rotated Scale

I was sure my imagination was enhancing what I saw, except the ant had moved the feather quite a lot…

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but mostly in a circle.

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The ant scrunched himself into his work, as if concentrating his energy.

arguing ants
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Other ants came, but got into a face-off argument instead of helping.

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Not distracted by the fighting ants, the ant pivoted the feather in a continued sweep across the knot…

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and switched to the other side of the feather.

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But didn’t stay there long.

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Perhaps pulling would work better.

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Nope. Going back to the pivotal position.

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Got the hang of it, now.

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Either I’ve gotten stronger or I understand this better.

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Moving forward.

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Keeping at it.

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I can just imagine bringing this home.

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What’s this… a crack in my plan?

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Just easing it over…

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Then, either the phone rang or someone was at the door, or in fear he was going to lose his prize into the crevice, I just couldn’t watch anymore.

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